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CDNLAO Newsletter

No. 100, September 2022

Commemorating the 100th issue of the CDNLAO Newsletter

Preface to commemorate the 100th issue of the CDNLAO Newsletter

By YOSHINAGA Motonobu, director general, National Diet Library (Japan)

This is the 100th issue of the CDNLAO Newsletter to be published since the first issue came out in July 1983. The CDNLAO Newsletter was established for the purpose of encouraging mutual understanding and cooperation between CDNLAO member institutions. In these 100 issues, we have published more than 600 articles contributed by CDNLAO members and other institutions, through which we have shared information.

Information technology has advanced drastically during the approximately 40 years since the start of the CDNLAO Newsletter. We are now able to share information virtually instantaneously via email, social media, and websites, even with remote countries and regions. And what began as the acquisition and sharing of conventional printed materials has now grown to encompass the ever-accelerating dissemination of digital information. This, combined with the fact that COVID-19 has increased demand for digital information that can be acquired without face-to-face contact, has had a significant impact on libraries and how they operate.

Another important issue that affects libraries is the long-term preservation of diverse materials. Asia and Oceania have suffered several catastrophic disasters during the 21st century, including the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami, the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake, the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and the 2015 Nepal Earthquake, to name a few. The preservation and transmission of diverse historical materials as well as support for libraries that endeavor to recover from natural disasters—these are challenges common to all CDNLAO member institutions, for which international cooperation is a great help.

CDNLAO member institutions face a wide range of issues, including dramatic changes in how information is shared. And the mutual sharing of experience and expertise among institutions that face these challenges is certain to reveal new perspectives. Your active contribution to the CDNLAO Newsletter is what gives it value as a forum for sharing information and opinions, and we look forward to your continued support. Which is why we at the National Diet Library, Japan, are committed to contributing to the sharing information as well as to the deepening of mutual understanding and cooperation between our member institutions by editing and publishing the CDNLAO Newsletter.


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