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CDNLAO Newsletter

No. 84, December 2015

Special topic: Readers Services

Policy Information Service for Administrative Support

By National Library of Korea, Sejong

As central government ministries and institutions transferred to the country's new administrative Government-Complex, Sejong City, National Library of Korea (NLK), Sejong opened in December 2013 to build knowledge and information support infrastructure for development. It is the first local branch of the NLK and consists of one director, three divisions with 29 staff. The NLK, Sejong is an administrative support library for government agencies and public officials, as well as a multiplex cultural center that promotes culture to Sejong residents.

This article introduces major projects taking place at the NLK, Sejong.

Table of Contents E-Alert Service for Journals

As a part of effort to provide customized policy information to public officials, the library classifies and offers a catalog of 15,000 titles of domestic and international academic journals (e-journals, print journals) the NLK subscribes to, using Business Reference Model (BRM)1 . This information service allows a public official to receive table of contents of newly published journal of his/her preference through e-mail notification and to access to full-text. Currently, 5,000 users have requested 50,000 journals and received full-text, and latest news and trend in their policy field. To attract new users, library staff visits government agencies and public institutes every week and introduces this service to officials.

Subject Guide by Policy Areas

In June 2014, the library developed online subject guide by policy areas in order to enhance policy information search as well as reference service. Subject guide by policy area and collection of policy-related information and reference sources in 17 subjects and 133 subordinate subjects are available online. Each subject guide includes overview of subordinate subjects, relevant materials (monograph, journal, and article index), statistics, laws, reports, conference materials, web DB, and introduction and URL of useful websites. In accordance with discussions with policy researchers and classification specialists, similar subjects were integrated based on existing BRM classification system whereas specific subjects were maintained if necessary.

< Online Subject Guide >

Policy Materials Union Catalog

In May 2009, the NLK established a Policy Information Sharing Council to build a cooperation system with the government and public institutes to ensure a quality policy information portal. With the opening of the NLK, Sejong, the library evolved its existing council into a Policy Information Cooperation Network in 2013. To foster policy information sharing, the NLK, Sejong developed a Policy Materials Union Catalog, which laid a foundation for policy information sharing with other public institutes. This union catalog holds 260,000 records. The library is working on developing ILL and full-text copying service (including e-delivery), and these services will be available in December this year.

Sejong Academy 'Woom ()'

The NLK, Sejong runs a cultural program 'Woom ()' for those public officials working in Sejong Government-Complex. The Korean word Woom literally means 'to sprout' or 'a new shoot from grass or a tree' and this aims to "sprout" learning and communication of officers with having cultural art experts engaged in programs. This program, designed to help officials to make creative policies, has been held 134 times until in the first half of 2015. The purpose of the program is to create a policy network and improve quality of life by enhancing capability of public officials. In order to increase target participants of the program in the latter half of the year, the library supports another 'Woom' program specifically for Sejong National Research Center workers. The library also runs a special open lecture as a part of this program with having experts from the Center involved in.

Program Date Capacity
Sessions Content
9th (Kiwoom)
*means 'growth'
50 10 A lecture that offers practical knowledge that can be used in everyday life by teaching practical skills (persuasion, negotiation, writing)
10th (Baewoom)
* means 'learning'
50 10 A lecture on humanities, explaining with mythology, philosophy and movies
(Hemingway) Reading Club 9.16-11.25.
20 10 Deeper understanding of 'one book' and thinking big (Discussion & Reading)
Visiting Historic Sites 11.6.
40 1 Looking into History of Baekje Part.2 (Buyeo)
Open Lecture Humanities Academy 9.9-11.25.
100 8 The Renaissance, Opens the Era of Humans (University of Chungbuk)
Special Open Lecture 9.22.-11.26.
100 5 Inviting the NLK study group and experts from National Research Center (including Korea Development Institute)
High-ranking Officials: Reading Classics 10.1.-11.19.
50 5 Looking into International Relations in the Joseon Dynasty
(co-organized by the NLK, Sejong and Publication Industry Promotion Agency of Korea)

< 'Learning (Baeum)' with Books >

< Humanities Academy >

Policy Materials Reading Room and Policy Research Room

Policy Materials Reading Room Library located on the 2nd floor of the NLK, Sejong holds 63,000 volumes of government and public publications and 3,115 titles of serials driven in the process of policy making. There are 685-square-meter Policy Materials Reading Room with 94 seats and Policy Research Room for public officials' study and research. In particular, the Policy Research Room provides an individual bookshelf and a personal and holds 18 exclusive seats for researchers to support policy research by public officials.

< Policy Reference Library >

< Policy Research Room >

1 Business Reference Model (BRM) is a reference model that aims to increase efficiency of government business by improving government-wide interoperability. The Korean BRM was introduced to efficiently manage and better perform government functions carried out in existing hierarchical and ministry-oriented structure, and BRM operation guidelines was created and distributed in 2008.

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