Opportunities for Global Collaboration in Collection Discovery (2023)

Davis, Ann Marie ; Matsuura, Katherine ; Sugiyama, Yukari

Where do scholars go to find the most comprehensive list of collections in North America or other regions of the world? How can librarians and resource specialists provide such lists while adapting to changing trends in Japanese Studies? Addressing these issues, our presentation discusses the Notable Japanese Collections (NJC) Dashboard, a digital collection discovery initiative and tool that identifies and promotes distinctive Japanese Studies collections in North America. Through our working group with the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (NCC), we have developed an online database that aims to showcase all notable print and digital materials (including unprocessed or partially processed collections) across the continent.

Adapting to Digital Trends (2023)

Corbett, Rebecca

Digital Exhibitions and Projects are becoming more and more common as institutions seek to go beyond merely providing digitized materials and look to provide scholarly context around them. Here, I will introduce a digital project tentatively titled Off the Beaten Path: Alternative Views of the Fifty-Three Tōkaidō Stations. Typically, digital projects created by librarians focus on resources at their own institution, however, in this project librarians from three schools with small- to mid-sized collections for Japanese Studies (Duke University, University of Southern California, and the Ohio State University) are collaborating to bring together materials in their collections and develop a dynamic interpretive lens around them. We hope that by putting these materials in conversation with one other, in the digital environment, they can be made more meaningful than if studied in isolation.

Quantitative & Qualitative Reflections on Recent Hiring Trends in Japanese Studies (2023)

Curtis, Paula R.

Government and institutional investment in international education, the humanities, and higher education at large has been in decline for more than a decade, leaving Japanese Studies (among other area studies) with fewer and fewer resources to maintain robust programs. Despite some post-COVID and post-lockdown improvements, the future of many already underfunded departments, centers, and libraries around the world remains uncertain. With these concerns in mind, this presentation will discuss recent hiring trends in Japanese Studies based on job advertisement data collected over the course of several academic job market cycles from 2020 to 2023.

NDL user satisfaction survey

Dear Colleagues,

Greetings from the National Diet Library (NDL) of Japan.

We are now conducting a user satisfaction survey of FY2023. Your ideas and opinions are important to our library and will help us provide you with the best library services possible. Please fill out this survey.

From May 8 to October 31, 2023

URL of the user satisfaction survey of FY2023

NDL Bibliographic Data and Web NDL Authorities: Results available

Dear Colleagues,

Greetings from the National Diet Library (NDL), Japan.
We would like to inform you of the following news.

[Results of Questionnaire on NDL Bibliographic Data and Web NDL Authorities Now Available]

The results of the questionnaire on NDL bibliographic data and Web NDL Authorities (https://id.ndl.go.jp/auth/ndla) conducted in FY2022 are now available on the NDL website.
We would like to thank all participants for completing this questionnaire.

2023 Grants

The European Association of Japanese Resource Specialists (EAJRS) especially wishes to encourage the participation to its conference of resource specialists and young scholars from institutions with limited financial means or that have seldom or never attended an EAJRS conference. Therefore, with support from the Toshiba International Foundation, the organizers of the 33rd EAJRS conference in Leuven would like to offer scholarships, which will include:

History of Global Japanese Studies: Frank Hawley

On January 16 (Mon), 2023, in Conference Room 1, 3rd Floor, Building 33, Toyama Campus, Waseda University, a lecture meeting entitled “Looking Back on the History of Global Japanese Studies: On Frank Hawley and His ‘Horei Bunko’ Collection” was held, sponsored by Waseda University Research Institute for Letters, Arts and Sciences and the Ryusaku Tsunoda Center of Japanese Culture, and co-sponsored by Waseda University’s Global Japanese Studies Model Unit, Top Global University Project.

Kuzushiji workshop 2023 accepting applications

The NIJL/EAJRS Kuzushi-ji Workshop will be held online 19-21 April 2023. This year, Cambridge University Library will provide some material for the workshop. The workshop is free of charge. If you wish to apply for the workshop, please fill in the application form, and submit it to a.hirano@sainsbury-institute.org by end of 12 March. The detailed information can be found here: