Greetings from the Librarian – New National Diet Library Midterm Vision: Universal Access 2020

(4 January 2016) The National Diet Library will compile a plan ensuring multi-faceted and continuous access to library materials over the long term. It will also anticipate increased demand for access to NDL library materials from patrons in countries all around the world.

There are three major roles of the National Diet Library that have not changed since the library’s inception. These include providing support to Diet members and their staff, acquiring and preserving library materials and information, and providing the public with access to information resources. In our next midterm plan, we place strong emphasis on achieving future improvement in our overall performance in these areas while focusing on the following four goals.
1. To improve utility in terms of how patrons are able to access library information and materials.
2. To strengthen our organization in a manner that enables all our employees to utilize the full range of their abilities.
3. To promote collaboration with other institutions and organizations in expanding and enhancing our information infrastructure.
4. To distribute comprehensive information about the services at each of our facilities, thereby gaining enhanced understanding of the major roles of the National Diet Library.

The full Vision statement by Sawako Hanyu, Ph.D, Librarian of the National Diet Library, is here.