The Journal of Information Science and Technology Association
(Johono Kagaku to Gijutsu)

Vol. 57 (2007), No.9

Digital contents and libraries in future

Looking for the future of libraries in the era of digitization

Chiba University, Faculty of Letters
1-33 Yayoi-cho, Inage-ku, Chiba 263-8522 JAPAN

Abstract:The author discusses the future of library services under the environments in which the digital content has been increasing and on the contrary the importance of traditional library functions, such as accumulation and service of printed materials, have been relatively becoming weak. The author rethinks the functions of essential elements comprising library services, namely human resources, physical place, and materials, from the viewpoints of "users'expectation", "value adding service" and "interactions", which followed by discussion on redefining "library as place", strengthening library presence in cyberspace, promoting institutional repositories, and the new feature of librarians.

Keywords:  university library / digital content / liaison librarian / institutional repository / reference service / information commons

Library Portal from a viewpoint as a college librarian

Hiyoshi Media Center, Keio University
4-1-1 Hiyoshi, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, 223-8521 JAPAN

Abstract:A report of overseas training in University of Toronto Libraries (Canada) about "Library Portal". It introduces some examples from University of Toronto Libraries to understand what Library Portal is. From a viewpoint as a college librarian, it shows there are 2 types of "Library Portal" which mean a function of providing access to information electronically and an educational function which the library potentially has.

Keywords:  Library Portal / University of Toronto Libraries / scholars portal / library as a place

Transformation of a relation between a library and a user by digital environmental development
−Consideration around the intermediary function of reference service−

Yasunori SAITO
Meiji University. School of Arts and Letters
1-1 Kanda Surugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8301 JAPAN

Abstract:Progress of electronic contents and internet environment of Web2.0 has great impacts on the relation between a library and a user. As for reference service to build direct relations with a user in particular, the transformation of the intermediary function is needed. In this paper, five levels of mediation in reference service which are proposed by C.C. Kuhlthau are discussed. In the development of digital environment, the function that a user expects in a library is going to change from information-providing into learning-support for problem solving.

Keywords:  reference service / intermediary function / user / librarian / counselor / learning support / problem solving / Web2.0

Librarian in question: the digitalization of library and the "raison d'?tre" of librarian

The College of Humanities, Kinjo Gakuin University
2-1723 Omori, Moriyama-ku, Nagoya 463-8521 JAPAN

Abstract:What is the role of librarian in the information-oriented society? If all of the library collections were transformed into digital or virtual ones and all of the users had access to the Internet, do we need library and librarian? Those are the questions we have often involved in the library world. In this paper, we analyzed the hidden cause of these questions, and found out that it might be a kind of fear that provoked the discussions repeatedly. But when we do nothing but try to change the role of librarian, we tend to conclude that he will be useless in the near future. So we suggest revaluating the traditional role of librarian first before seeking the new roles.

Keywords:  digitalization / librarian / profession / information era / librarianship

Library as a new place

School of Engineering, Tohoku University
6-6 Aramaki Aza Aoba, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8579 JAPAN

Abstract:In the field of architectural design, "station", "library", "caf?" are notable building types, because these have new places where informations and things flow continuously. Maki onishi proposed tube-like library spaces tangled with winding dwelling space. Nobuaki Furuya merged public library with Chino station. Through the project of Seattle Central Library, OMA reorganized the program of public space and create a new place.

Keywords:  Rem Kookhaas / Seattle Central Library / living room / tube / station

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