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Japan Association of National University Libraries, Kinki Regional Association Seminar -- "The Changing Scene of University Libraries"

2010-9-16 (Thu) 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Changing Scene of University Libraries

"What, exactly, is a university library for?"


The Japan Association of National University Libraries, Kinki Regional Association Seminar will hold a seminar for library staff on Thursday, September 16.

Eighty years ago, the father of library science, India's Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan, wrote The Five Laws of Library Science in which he declared that a library is a growing organism. However, are library staff members aware that working in a growing organism requires that they respond to the changing needs of society, users, and organizations? All too often, the main activities of library staff have been concentrated on the 4th law: "Save the reader time." Staff have improved the organization of electronic academic data such as electronic journals, electronic books, and organization repositories.

University library staff members must continue to implement such improvements. In addition, shouldn't they strive to remove the stereotype of librarians as keepers of a warehouse of books and replace it with the new image of a library as a place where library staff provide students with practical training and support for the students' studies? There are arguments for and against such a view, but some universities are carrying out their work in cooperation with archives or publishing associations.

This seminar is intended to provide university library staff with a venue for discussion of the role of the university library. It is hoped that this seminar will be a forum for considering what services the library staff should be offering and what direction libraries should direct their efforts toward.

Intended for: Library staff members at the National and public universities

Quota: Attendance is limited to 80. There is no fee for attending. If the number of applicants exceeds the quota, a selection process will be implemented.

How to apply: Please send your name and the name of your department/faculty by email to <> -- Planning staff, Library Planning Division, Osaka University Libraries. Entitle your mail "The Changing Scene of University Libraries". If you would like to attend the opinion exchange session, please specify such in your email.

Application deadline: Thursday, September 9, 2010, 5:00 p.m.

Applicants will be informed of the status of their application.


  • 13:00 -- Greetings KOIZUMI Junji, Dean, Osaka University Library
  • 13:05 -- Keynote Speech, "What is the Next Step for University Libraries? -- The Diversified Sources of Information and Study Support", KOGA Takashi, Associate professor, Research & Development Office, Kyoto University Library
  • 14:05 -- Break
  • 14:15 --  Presentation of example 1: "Trial of Lessons and Study Support through the Learning Commons", HORI Kazunari, Associate professor, Institute for Higher Education Research and Practice, Osaka University
  • 14:45 --  Presentation of example 2: "Exploring the New Role of University Libraries -- Granting the Functions of Archive Kobe University", NOMURA Rieko, Lecturer, Kobe University Archive
  • 15:15 -- Presentation of example 3: "The University Library Supporting Thesis Repositories in the Kyushu Area",  KAI Shigetake, Dean, Academic Information Management Division, Academic Information Department, Nagasaki University
  • 15:45 -- Break (Setting up the site)
  • 16:00 --  Panel discussion: Facilitator: KAWASE Masayuki, Chief, Faculty Administration, Kyoto University Library
  • 16:55 - 17:00 -- Closing remarks, HOSODO Yasuharu, Chief, Faculty Administration, Osaka University Library
  • 17:05 - 17:25 -- Tour of the Learning Commons (at the Main Library, Osaka University) for interested persons
  • 17:30 -- Opinion Exchange Session (Participation fee: 3,000 yen)
Date: 2010-9-16 (Thu) 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Organizer: Kinki Regional Association, Japan Association of National University Libraries In cooperation with: University Libraries Kinki Initiative
Venue: Library Hall, 6th floor, Building A, Main Library, Toyonaka, Osaka University
Registration: Registration by email is required.
Contact: Planning staff, Library Planning Division, University Libraries, Osaka University

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