News on International Cooperation

This section summarizes news on international cooperation such as international conferences attended by National Diet Library staff, and National Diet Library's international exchange activities.

Please see the Web Archiving Project (WARP) for news before 2016.

News on International Cooperation (2017)

December 12–15, 2017

The 8th Mutual Visit Program between the National Assembly Library (NAL), the National Assembly Research Service (NARS) of Korea, and the NDL was held in Seoul. Ms. Mariyo IGARASHI (Research Planning Division, Research and Legislative Reference Bureau) and Mr. Taisuke KOHARI (Social Welfare and Labor Division, Research and Legislative Reference Bureau) attended the meeting. (For more information on the Mutual Visit Program, see Exchange Activities with Foreign Libraries.)

December 6, 2017

Ms. Michaela Bodesheim, Director of the Library of Goethe-Institut Tokyo, visited the NDL.

November 29–30, 2017

The 2017 OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Council (APRC) Meeting was held in Tokyo. Ms. Yasuko SUWA (Senior Librarian, Acquisitions and Bibliography Department) attended the meeting.

November 28, 2017

Mr. Bill Macnaught, National Librarian of the National Library of New Zealand, visited the NDL.

November 25-28, 2017

World Bosai Forum / International Disaster and Risk Conference 2017 was held in Sendai, Japan. Ms. Sachiko INOUE (Assistant Director of the Digital Information Distribution Division, Digital Information Department) participated in the forum and made a presentation entitled "National Diet Library Great East Japan Earthquake Archive (HINAGIKU)" (Presentation file: [PDF 626 KB]).

November 14-21, 2017

The 36th Mutual Visit Program between the National Library of China (NLC) and the NDL was held in Tokyo, and the delegation of five NLC employees (Mr. Li Honglin (Deputy Director of the NLC), Mr. Shen Xiaojuan (Deputy Director, Research Institute), Mr. Cao Wei (Director, Logistics Services and Management Center), Mr. Sun Boyang (Deputy Director, Coordination & Operation Management Division), and Ms. Jiang Jing (General Service Department)) visited Japan. (For more information on the Mutual Visit Program, see Exchange Activities with Foreign Libraries.)

November 9, 2017

Ms. Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, President of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), visited the NDL. (For more information on IFLA, see Links (International library organizations related with the National Diet Library).)

November 7-10, 2017

The 42nd Meeting of ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) Centre’s Directors was held in Rabat, Morocco. Mr. Kentaro YANAGISAWA (Serials and Non-book Materials Division, Acquisitions and Bibliography Department) attended the meeting.

November 6-10, 2017

European Parliamentary Technology Assessment (EPTA) Conference 2017 was held in Lucerne and Bern, Switzerland. Mr. Masahiro ENDO (Science and Technology Research Office, Research and Legislative Reference Bureau) attended the conference.

October 26-29, 2017

DCMI International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications (DC2017) was held in Washington D.C., USA. Ms. Saho YASUMATSU (Digital Information Distribution Division, Digital Information Department) attended the conference and made a presentation entitled "The Use of Digital Object Identifiers in the National Diet Library Digital Collections" (Presentation file: [PDF 902 KB]).

October 15-21, 2017

2017 Overseas Korea Studies Librarian Workshop was held in Seoul, Korea. Ms. Miwa HIROTA (Asian Resources Division, Kansai-kan of the NDL) participated in the workshop and made a presentation entitled "Services and Roles of Asian Resources Room, Kansai-kan, National Diet Library" (Presentation file (in Korean): [PDF 917 KB]).

September 25-29, 2017

The 14th International Conference on Digital Preservation (iPRES2017) was held in Kyoto. Mr. Shuji KAMITSUNA (Senior Librarian, Kansai-kan of the NDL) and Mr. Toru AOIKE (Digital Information Services Division, Digital Information Department) attended the conference and made a presentation entitled "How can we use web archives? –A brief overview of WARP and how it is used" (Presentation file: [PDF 508 KB]) and a poster presentation of the same title (Poster (in English): [PDF 564 KB]).

September 19–21, 2017

The 10th Plenary Meeting of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) was held in Montréal, Canada. Mr. Wataru SATOMI (Research and Development for Next-Generation Systems Office, Digital Information Department) attended the meeting.

September 18–23, 2017

The 20th Mutual Visit Program between the National Library of Korea (NLK) and the NDL was held in Seoul, Korea. A four-member delegation led by Mr. Yoshitaka ITO (Director, Planning Division, Administrative Department) visited the NLK to give presentations and to discuss the subjects "Strategic vision for a national library" and "Effective training programs for library employees." The report of this program is available in NDL Newsletter No.215. (For more information on the Mutual Visit Program, see Exchange Activities with Foreign Libraries.)

September 17–20, 2017

The final Joint Coordinating Committee of the Project for Capacity Development of the Office of the National Assembly was held in Hanoi, Vietnam. Mr. Ken’ichi TERAKURA (Deputy Director General, Research and Legislative Reference Bureau) and Mr. Shigeru MATSUURA (Senior Researcher, Research and Legislative Reference Bureau) participated in the seminar.

September 13–16, 2017

The 28th Conference of the European Association of Japanese Resource Specialists (EAJRS) was held in Oslo, Norway. Mr. Chifuyu HIYAMA (Branch Libraries and Cooperation Division, Administrative Department) and Ms. Yuko MURAO (Humanities, Maps, Rare Books and Old Materials Division, Reader Services and Collections Department) attended the conference. Ms. Murao made a presentation entitled "How to Search for Information on the Humanities in Japan" (Presentation file: [PDF 1.4 MB]). (For information on the EAJRS, see Links (International library organizations related with the National Diet Library).)

September 4, 2017

A seminar entitled "Trend and Challenges of the National Bibliographies in Korea and Japan" was held at the National Library of Korea in Seoul, Korea. Mr. Atsushi TASHIRO (Acquisitions Administration and Bibliographic Control Division, Acquisitions and Bibliography Department) attended the seminar.

August 19–25, 2017

The World Library and Information Congress 2017, the 83rd International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) General Conference and Assembly, was held in Wrocław, Poland. The theme of this year’s conference was "Libraries. Solidarity. Society." A delegation of eight NDL employees led by Dr. Sawako HANYU (Librarian of the NDL) participated in the conference. Dr. Hanyu also participated in the annual meeting of the Conference of Directors of National Libraries (CDNL) held on August 22. (For more information about the IFLA or CDNL, please see the Links (International library organizations related with the National Diet Library).) Mr. Hiroyuki OKUYAMA (Director, Research Planning Division, Research and Legislative Reference Bureau) made a presentation entitled "Policy Seminar: Current Initiatives and Challenges at the National Diet Library, Japan" (Presentation file: [PDF 26 KB]) at the 33rd Pre-Conference of the Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section.

June 13, 2017

Mr. WEI Dawei, Deputy Director of the National Library of China, and his party visited the NDL.

May 16-19, 2017

The 25th Meeting of the Conference of Directors of National Libraries in Asia and Oceania (CDNLAO) was held in Beijing, China. Ms. Nobuko KATAYAMA (Director General, Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library) and Mr. Masahiro KINOSHITA (Digital Library Division, Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library) were among the 33 delegates from 20 countries who attended the conference. (For information on the CDNLAO, see Links (International library organizations related with the National Diet Library).)

May 8-13, 2017

The 3rd Asia Oceania Regional Congress of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) was held in Bangkok, Thailand. Mr. Satoshi TAKANO (Resources and Information Division, International Library of Children’s Literature) attended the conference and made a presentation titled “International Library of Children's Literature Initiatives in the Digital Age” (Presentation file: [PDF: 826 KB]).

April 27, 2017

H.E. Normans PENKE, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in Japan and his party visited the NDL and donated books on Latvia.

April 25-28, 2017

The 2017 Association of Parliamentary Librarians of Asia and the Pacific (APLAP) Conference was held in Seoul, Korea. Mr. Toshiyuki YAMADA (Senior Specialist, Research and Legislative Reference Bureau) and Mr. Naoki SHIMIZU (Land Development and Communications Division, Research and Legislative Reference Bureau) attended the meeting. Mr. Yamada made a presentation entitled “‘Brains of the Legislature’ Legislative Research Services at the National Diet Library, Japan” (Presentation file: [PDF: 507 KB]). (For information on the APLAP, see Links (International library organizations related with the National Diet Library).)

April 6, 2017

Dr. Sergey Ryabukhin, Head of the Federation Council Committee on Budget and Financial Markets of Russia, and his party visited the NDL.

April 3-9, 2017

The 9th Plenary Meeting of Research Data Alliance (RDA) was held in Barcelona, Spain. Mr. Noriaki, SHIMAZAKI (Business, Science and Technology Division, Reader Services and Collections Department) attended the meeting.

March 12-21, 2017

The annual meetings of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), the Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL), and the meeting of the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (NCC) were held in Toronto, Canada. Ms. Aya NAKAZAWA (Assistant Director, Branch Libraries and Cooperation Division, Administrative Department) and Mr. Yasunao KOBAYASHI (Assistant Director, Library Support Division, Kansai-kan of the NDL) attended the meetings. In the NCC meeting, Mr. Kobayashi made a presentation titled "NDL Search-future development-" (Presentation file: [PDF 723 KB]). At the AAS, NDL sponsored a booth in which NDL staff introduced the online services and the support for Japanese studies that the NDL provides. Reports on the booth presentation at the AAS are available in the NDL Newsletter No. 211 and No. 212. (For information on the CEAL and NCC, see Links (International library organizations related with the National Diet Library).)

March 12-17, 2017

The London Book Fair was held in London, UK. Ms. Mayuko SHIMIZU attended the event.

January 10–13, 2017

The 6th Mutual Visit Program between the National Assembly Library (NAL), the National Assembly Research Service (NARS) of Korea, and the NDL was held in Tokyo. Ms. Eunsk LEE (Legislative Researcher, Security and Public Administration Team, Politics and Administration Research Office) of NAL and Mr. Jae Hyon BAE (Deputy Director, Archives and Records Service Division, National Assembly Archives) of NARS visited the NDL and gave presentations. (For more information on the Mutual Visit Program, see Exchange Activities with Foreign Libraries.)

January 10, 2017

Ms. Setsuko Noguchi, Chief of the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (NCC) and Japanese Studies Librarian of East Asian Library of Princeton University, and Mr. Yohinori Sato, Japan Liaison of the NCC and University Librarian of Tohoku Gakuin University, visited the NDL. (For information on the NCC, see Links (International library organizations related with the National Diet Library).)

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