Shibusawa Eiichi was a key figure in the establishment of a modern economic system in Japan and the Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation is dedicated to furthering his ideals in today’s world. Eiichi’s achievements were compiled in the Shibusawa Eiichi denki shiryo (Shibusawa Eiichi Biographical Materials), a 68 volume series (58 main volumes, 10 supplementary volumes), published between 1955 and 1971 that, even today, serves as the basis for research on Eiichi and modern Japanese history.
While information technology has brought about significant improvement in development and dissemination of information and resources to library users, it has also made librarians’ activities easier and more effectively. For example, application program interface (API) allows them to perform some menial repetitive tasks in an automated way and facilitates data-driven decision making.
This presentation introduces a simple but effective method to analyze collective collections in the WorldCat database using OCLC Connexion and the WorldCat Search API.
A large amount of Japanese books have been digitized and are available at HathiTrust and Japan’s National Diet Library’s websites for our library users, but they are mostly old books out of copyright protection. Newer Japanese e-books under copyright are commercially available from two vendors: Maruzen and EBSCO. At the University of California (UC) System where I work, a pilot for demand-driven acquisition (DDA) for Japanese e-books was arranged with EBSCO in winter 2014, and soon it became a regular program with support from the California Digital Library.
A Web-Scale discovery service (WSD) is so useful for students and faculty to search academic articles, journals and books. Therefore, it is becoming a de facto standard tool among academic libraries in many countries. One of the features of the WSD is to be provided as a cloud service. This means all users of the libraries which implement the WSD have to search the same index, so-called “Central Index”, and the search results of the WSD by the same key words, theoretically, also become the same among the different libraries. Thus, the WSD is a google-like service to search and discovery library contents globally.
On the other hand, the WSD is often pointed out its Japanese resource contents look much poorer than Chinese resource contents in terms of quantity.
The collection of pre-modern Japanese materials held in the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts (IOM) RAS (St. Petersburg, Russia) comprises about 4000 manuscripts, printed books and maps created in Edo and early Meiji period. The catalogue of the most part of this collection was published in printed form in 1963-1971 (6 volumes). In 2006-2014 the inventory of the collection was prepared by correcting mistakes and adding the missing information in the printed catalogue. In 2014-2017 Japanese studies specialists of the IOM fulfilled the project of studying the history of the collection by tracing back the origin of each item and affiliating them to some private or institutional collections. This year we would like to present the beta version of the online public access catalogue of our Japanese collection.
During the visit of the group of scholars from the Hokkaido University in 2015 a scroll was found in the library depository. When opened it became clear that it is a beautifully illustrated emakimono preserved in good condition – it narrated the story of the monster Shuten doji. The scroll had neither library nor manuscript department code – instead it contained inventory number which allowed to determine that the scroll was bought in Leningrad in 1928. Despite the name of the seller we could not find out his personality, thus we have no way to find out the way this wonderful scroll reached Russia.
The Austrian-Hungarian expedition to East Asia dispatched from Trieste in 1868, and concluded treaties with Siam (Thailand), China and Japan in 1869 respectively. As its official photographer, Wilhelm Burger (1844-1920) took part in this expedition in company with Michael Moser (1853-1912) as his assistant. Moser was still 16 years old, when he arrived in Japan. Nevertheless, he decided to stay further in Japan, even after the others including Burger went back to Austria, and stayed in Japan for 7 years all in all.
The Makino Mamoru Collection on History of East Asian Film 1863-2005 (here after the Makino Collection) was purchased by Columbia University in 2006. When the Makino Collection first arrived from Japan in 2007, there were 906 boxes (approximately 906 cubic feet in total).which contained approximately 14,576 books, 10,028 magazines, almost 2,000 file folders and other items - videos, posters, newspapers, and company records. The total estimate is more than 70,000 items.
The collection focuses on print materials mostly related to Japanese film that were collected over the course of fifty years by former documentary filmmaker and film researcher, Makino Mamoru.
One hundred years ago in 1917, Sir Alfred Chester Beatty visited Japan. An American mining magnate, Beatty was already known for his extensive collections of Western and Islamic manuscripts. During his trip Beatty was entranced by the glittering scenes captured in the painted scrolls and albums set out for his perusal, and he began to add Japanese narrative and religious works to his growing library. Gathered together as a personal collection, Beatty’s library was recast as a standalone institution in a Dublin suburb in the early 1950s.
The National Library of Finland was established during Swedish rule as Royal Academy of Turku in 1640. During Russian rule the university was moved to Helsinki in1828 and it started operating under the name of the "Imperial Alexander University". After Finland's indepence in 1917, the University's library was renamed Helsinki University library. In 2006 the name of the library was changed to the National Library of Finland with an amendment of the Universities act.
The Library has several Japanese and Japan related collections.