The Japan Foundation, Kansai Center, has for many years conducted Japanese language training for librarians overseas that deal with Japan related literature and books, etc., and for whom Japanese ability is an essential part of their work duties. The book, 'How Library Works In Japan - For Supporting Its Better Use', was created based on the teaching materials used in these training sessions.
This publication is very useful as an entry-level reference for the study of library and information sciences, as it introduces a wide variety of topics related to Japanese libraries, from basic foundation level content through to admin-related information. For example, what kind of work is done at Japanese public libraries, university libraries, and special libraries etc.; what type of materials do they contain; what services do they provide: how should you deal with the categories and reference material for Japanese language; and so on.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Library's Roles
Chapter 2 Library Types and Functions
Chapter 3 Cooperation among Libraries
Chapter 4 Library Materials
Chapter 5 Acquisition of Library Materials and Collection Development
Chapter 6 Publication Distribution System
Chapter 7 Library Services
Chapter 8 Library Services and Copyright
Chapter 9 Catalog
Chapter 10 Classifications
Chapter 11 Education for Librarianship
Nippon Decimal Classification's Common Auxiliary Table and Relative index
Basic Online Reference Tools
Features of this Publication
(1) Clear, easy to understand commentary.
The circumstances of Japanese libraries and those overseas differ in many ways, and so even things which may be taken for granted as straightforward to Japanese librarians are still described in a clear, easy to understand manner.
(2) Contains many specific examples, graphics, photographs and illustrations.
Many additional features are also added to further enable clear understanding - use of clear, specific examples, graphics, photographs and illustrations.
(3) A clear writing style with English translations for titles, and phonetics for kanji pronunciation.
Headings, titles, captions etc., are provided with an English translation, and difficult Kanji (Chinese characters) come with 'furigana', which are hiragana characters that show the pronunciation.
Further, although specialized terminology is used within the book, it is explained using simple, easy to understand sentence patterns and expressions.