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Workshop on Rare Materials for Japanese Studies Librarians and Researchers

This workshop is for librarians, mainly subject librarians, or researchers outside Japan who are expected to engage in reference services or research on Japanese rare materials. The program aims to foster understanding of the rare materials collections owned by the NDL and other research institutions, and to improve skills in utilizing both physical materials and digital content.

Date From March 2 to March 6, 2020
Main venue Tokyo Main Library, National Diet Library
1-10-1 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8924 Japan
Qualifications The program will accommodate 10 people.
Anyone who satisfies the following three conditions is eligible:
  • Librarians, mainly subject librarians, or researchers working outside Japan who are expected to engage in Japanese studies based on rare materials.
    * Those who are seeking the above position or studying in Japan are qualified for apply.
    * Researchers are expected to be a doctoral candidate or graduate of a doctoral program.
  • Able to understand lectures in Japanese including technical terms for Japanese rare materials.
  • Able to pay all costs related to travel and accommodation during the program.
Availability 10 people
Language All training is conducted in Japanese.
Costs Although the program itself is provided free of charge, participants are expected to pay all costs of travel and accommodation.
How to apply Please send email to <k-trainingat n d l dot g o dot j p> and include your name and a description of the organization to which you belong. We will send you an application form, which you should fill out and send by email to k-trainingat n d l dot g o dot j p.
* This is for security. Sorry for inconvenience.
Deadline for application 5 p.m. (Japan Standard Time) on November 17, 2019
If space is still available even after the deadline, we will continue to accept applications.

Participants who successfully take part in approximately 80% of all the course hours will receive a certificate.

For further details, look here: Guidelines for the participants (PDF: 407KB)

Schedule

Training Objectives

At the end of the workshop, participants are expected to;

  1. Develop an understanding of the outline of rare materials collections (classical documents and modern Japanese political documents) of the NDL and other research institutions, and improve skills in making good use of the original source and digital content. In order to achieve this goal, participants will learn the features of the original source materials, the collections of each institution, digital content available outside Japan, and effective ways to search them.
  2. Learn how to access research papers or reprinted materials, that is, secondary sources through all sources of information provided by the NDL and other research institutions.
  3. Broaden and share the knowledge on your work or research subject through presentations or discussions. Develop a cross-regional network with Japanese studies librarians or researchers and the staff at the NDL and research institutions.
Date / Venue Content
March 2, 2020
Tokyo Main Library, National Diet Library
Opening
Self-introduction by participants
Guided tour
Rare Books and Old Materials in the NDL 1
by Prof. Satoru Sato, Jissen Women's University, a scholar of Japanese literature
Rare Books and Old Materials in the NDL 2
March 3, 2020
Tokyo Main Library, National Diet Library
How to research materials about humanities: with a focus on rare materials
NDL collections of modern Japanese political documents
Individual research at the NDL
March 4, 2020
National Institute of Japanese Literature (NIJL)
Visits to National Institute of Japanese Literature (NIJL)
March 5, 2020
Imperial House Library / Waseda University Library
Visits to other institutions: Imperial House Library
Visits to other institutions: Waseda University Library
March 6, 2020
Tokyo Main Library, National Diet Library
Briefing
Closing ceremony / distribution of certificate
  • *A social gathering will be held after the program on March 3.
  • *Caution: In this course, we introduce old rare materials written in Kuzushi-ji (characters written in cursive style), but we do not lecture on how to decipher them.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Direct inquiries to

Training and Exchange Section,
Library Support Division,
Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library
E-mail: k-trainingat n d l dot g o dot j p

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