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Greetings from the Director General

Greetings

Mr. Yoshinaga

I am honored to have been appointed the 17th Director General of the National Diet Library as of April 1.
As both the sole national library of Japan and the parliamentary library for the National Diet, the National Diet Library plays several key roles, including providing support for the legislative activities of Diet members, acquiring and preserving library materials and other forms of information from both domestic and foreign sources, and providing the general public with ready access to information resources.
Bearing in mind that the National Diet Library has performed these fundamental roles for more than 70 years, I am now committed to fulfilling my responsibilities as the leader of this organization. And I would like to express my deepest appreciation to everyone who has cooperated in and supported the activities of the National Diet Library.

The comprehensive acquisition and suitable preservation of library materials is an essential part of the National Diet Library's responsibilities, and to this end a new storage facility was completed in February of this year at the Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library in Kyoto. Once again, I am deeply grateful to all those who lent their continued support and understanding to this project.

We are now making efforts to deal with new challenges that we face in an environment in which printed materials exist side-by-side with digital information. As part of these efforts, we have expanded the range of websites, e-books, e-magazines, and other online publications that we acquire in addition to printed materials. Although at present we only acquire online materials that are available free of charge and without digital rights management (DRM), we are now studying the possibility of acquiring and preserving online publications that are fee-based or protected by DRM.

As the information environment continues to develop, new means of providing access to information is also emerging. In addition to materials owned by the National Diet Library, we are now working towards the implementation of services that will enable comprehensive searches of information resources provided by libraries, museums, and other institutions in Japan and abroad.

In the city of Ephesus, Turkey, are the remains of the Library of Celsus, one of the three great libraries of the ancient world. Built during the 2nd century B.C., it housed more than 12,000 scrolls. I was fortunate enough to visit the site, at which time I sensed the strong will of the people of Ancient Rome to collect and preserve knowledge as well as to distribute that knowledge throughout the world.

As our own modern society advances and becomes more sophisticated, we at the National Diet Library must also face the challenges of responding to the ever diversifying needs of our patrons. I am confident that all of us at the National Diet library are committed to working hand in hand as we strive to meet these changing needs and accomplish everything that is within our power to accomplish as a national and parliamentary library.

In closing, thank you all for you continued guidance and encouragement.

April, 2020

YOSHINAGA Motonobu
Director General of the National Diet Library

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