NCC has formed a task force to help transition toward a Comprehensive Digitization and Discoverability Grants Program to replace the Multi-Volume Sets Project. The purpose of this page is to introduce an overview of the new grant program that is in development and obtain feedback on it.
Click on the Pilot Cases tab above for examples of the types of projects that would be eligible to receive funding through this program.
Grant Program Overview
Criteria for evaluating applications:
Grant application should include:
Supplemental material may include:
Since 1992, the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (NCC) helped to build a national collection of Japanese research materials in the United States through its Multi-Volume Sets Project (MVS)1 with funding provided by the Japan-United States Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and supplemental support from Japan Publications Trading Company, Ltd. (JPT). MVS provided grants for the purchase of expensive multi-volume sets of Japanese language materials, primarily in print, with consideration to each applicant institution’s 1) areas of specialization, 2) research and teaching needs, and readiness to freely share the funded sets locally and nationally.
Funding for MVS was suspended in 2018 so that NCC could update and align its mission to fit the evolving technologies and 21st century needs of the field.
How You Can Contribute to the Project:
Make sure to complete a survey for the new Comprehensive Digitization and Discoverability Grants Program by April 15 by clicking the button at the top of this page.
We seek your participation in developing a global collection of Japanese research materials in digital form! If you wish to get involved with this new initiative, please contact any of the Digitization/Discovery Grant Task Force members.
Regan Murphy Kao, Curator, Japanese Collection, Stanford University (Chair)
Toshie Marra, Librarian for Japanese Collection, UC Berkeley
Haruko Nakamura, Librarian for Japanese Studies, Yale University
Setsuko Noguchi, Japanese Studies Librarian, Princeton University
Tara McGowan, Executive Director, NCC
NCC’s Future Plan
We anticipate the following steps for implementing the proposed new funding program for digitization/discovery:
|Digitization/Discovery Grant Task Force collects feedback from the community through surveys, etc.|
|2019 May:||Collected data is evaluated and recommendation is composed|
|2019 Jun-Nov:||NCC seeks funding to implement digitization/discovery program|
|2020:||New digitization/discovery program begins (if funding is secured)|
Imagine the possibilities!
The task force would like to hear your comments on these pilot cases and solicit innovative suggestions for future funding possibilities that meet the criteria listed above. Contact the task force members listed above to discuss your ideas!
(Most of the resources below are referenced in the Pilot Cases tab)
NCC creates programs and online services to support the research needs of anyone in the field of Japanese Studies and for users with an interest in Japan, anywhere.
The NCC site also provides links to instructional and topical sites related to Japan.