The 19th Forum on the Collaborative Reference Database Project
The Collaborative Reference Database (CRD) is a tool for providing reference services at the National Diet Library, Japan (NDL), that is currently being developed in collaboration with libraries throughout Japan. At present, the database comprises about 158,000 queries that were submitted to reference librarians throughout Japan and which, together with their answers, are available to be browsed by the general public.
For details, please visit: https://crd.ndl.go.jp/en/library/index.html
The subject of this year’s Forum on the CRD Project will be “How to improve your reference skills: To become a research expert” and the forum will be held with the theme of how to improve the skills of librarians involved in reference work.
The Forum will open with a speech by Ms. KITA Aoi, director of the Intelligent Production Planning Division at ZUNO Co., Ltd., who will speak about her unique research methods and how to utilize libraries as a researcher. Afterwards, some libraries that participate in the CRD project that are implementing unique initiatives in areas such as staff training will report on the status of reference work and efforts to improve services.
We hope that this forum will provide an opportunity for you to think about how to improve the skills necessary for reference work, and how each library can share know-how as an organization.
This forum will be held online and entirely in the Japanese language.
Anyone who is interested in the CRD or the subject matter of this Forum is welcome to participate.
How to improve your reference skills: To become a research expert
Time and Date:
Friday, March 1, 2024
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. JST
Online via Microsoft Teams Webinar
Main program (entirely in the Japanese language):
- Opening speech “Information research techniques and library utilization techniques of researchers (tentative)”
KITA Aoi, Director of the Intelligent Production Planning Division at ZUNO Co., Ltd.
- Reports from participating libraries
1. KAMIOKA Masato, Kochi Prefectural Library
2. ADACHI Yui, Anjo City Library
3. MAENOSONO Kayoko, Showa Women's University Library
- Report from the NDL
Library Support Division from the Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library, Japan
- Roundtable discussion
KITA Aoi, KAMIOKA Masato, ADACHI Yui,
SUZUKI Aiko (Anjo City Library),
Coordinator: TAGO Tamaki, School librarian at Atsugi-Seinan Senior High School
A 30-minute long networking event will be held after the forum (participation is optional).
Please see the following page for information in Japanese on the program and how to register.
The 19th forum on the Collaborative Reference Database Project https://crd.ndl.go.jp/jp/library/forum_19.html
Please direct all inquiries to the Library Support Division Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library, Japan