Tag Archives: National Diet Library

ILCL Japan offers loan service of the exhibition “The World through Picture Books – Librarians’ favourite books from their country”

(3 Jul 2020)  The International Library of Children’s Literature (ILCL) offers a loan service of the exhibition titled “The World through Picture Books – Librarians’ favourite books from their country.” These books were collected through “The World through Picture Books” project led by IFLA section Libraries for Children and Young Adults with the aim of making a book […]


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Japan: report on the 30th NDL Forum on Preservation

(Jun 2020) On December 19, 2019, the National Diet Library (NDL) held its 30th Forum on Preservation—Disaster Preparedness for Archival Materials: daily preparedness, disaster response, and cooperation at the Tokyo Main Library, where librarians, conservators and other professionals discussed topics related to and exchanged ideas about the most effective ways of preserving library materials. Library […]


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Japan: Hackathon at the NDL

(Apr 2020)  From National Diet Library Newsletter April 2020: A hackathon entitled GLAM: Making Good Use of Data Created by Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums was held at the Tokyo Main Library of the National Diet Library (NDL) on September 14 and 15, 2019. Japan Search is a portal site that was developed by the […]


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Japan: NDL Tokyo extended closure to May 20

(10 Apr 2020) The National Diet Library (NDL), Tokyo Main Library and International Library of Children’s Literature, will extend the temporary closure to the general public to Wednesday, May 20, 2020, as part of measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Additionally, Kansai-kan of the NDL will be temporarily closed from Saturday, April […]


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Japan: NDL Tokyo temporary closed due to COVID-19

(4 Mar 2020) The National Diet Library, Tokyo Main Library and International Library of Children’s Literature, will be temporarily closed to the general public from Thursday, March 5, to Monday, March 16, as part of measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Please be aware that the Kansai-kan of the NDL will remain […]


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Japan: approximately 1,000 sound recordings of the Historical Recordings Collection (Rekion) are newly available online

(27 Nov 2019) On November 27, the National Diet Library (NDL) made approximately 1,000 sound recordings of the Historical Recordings Collection (Rekion) available for streaming online. Examples of sound recordings: 『クリスマス・キャロル(1)Joy To The World(2)Jingle Bells(3)Silent Night Holy Night(4)Deck The Halls』…A medley of four Christmas carols. 『(音楽鑑賞教育)合奏:アロハ・オエ』…A farewell song of Hawaii, performed on the Hawaiian guitar. 『あゝ、そは彼の人か(歌劇“椿姫”より)』…A recording of […]


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International book data services launched under the Marrakesh Treaty by NDL Japan

(19 Nov 2019)  Following Japan’s accession to the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled (Marrakesh Treaty)(Link to WIPO), the National Diet Library (NDL) has launched an international exchange service that loans DAISY, braille, text, and other accessible book data for persons with […]


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The bibliographic data of the National Diet Library can be freely used for various purposes

(7 May 2019) The bibliographic data of the National Diet Library (not including body text) became available for anyone at no charge, whether the purpose of use is commercial or non-commercial, from April 1, 2019. The bibliographic data includes authority data (data of authors and keywords which are arranged for use as clues when searching […]


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National Diet Library, Japan is now accepting applications for approval to receive the Digitized Contents Transmission Service for Libraries

(22 Apr 2019)  The NDL is now accepting applications from overseas institutions for approval to receive the Digitized Contents Transmission Service for Libraries. Patrons at libraries subscribing to this service will be able to search and browse digitized versions of the more than two million books, periodicals, rare books and old materials that comprise the NDL […]


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National Diet Library releases Next Digital Library content-based retrieval system prototype

(9 Apr 2019)  On March 29, 2019, the NDL launched its “Next Digital Library” content-based retrieval system prototype that has advanced functions using artificial intelligence (AI). The NDL is developing this system so future digital library services will be more easily usable. To find out more, see the original announcement here.  


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The National Diet Library releases a one-click search tool: The Best of National Diet Library’s Digital Library Collections

(26 December 2018) The National Diet Library has released The Best of National Diet Library’s Digital Library Collections (よりすぐり国立国会図書館). This web page provides patrons with a simple way to search through more than a hundred digital images of rare books, old materials, modern Japanese political history materials, and other examples of the best items available […]


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The NDL announces the launch of an English-language user interface to the WARP

(2 November 2018) The NDL has launched an English-language user interface to its Web Archiving Project (WARP) on November 2, 2018. The entire user interface—including the search interface, help page, and FAQ—is now available in English. WARP has been collecting and preserving websites since 2002. The entire archive of websites is available for viewing on […]


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The NDL Online and its new services

(26 February 2018) The National Diet Library, Japan (NDL) is pleased to announce the launch on January 5, 2018, of a new system for online searches and requests. The National Diet Library Online Search and Request Service (NDL Online) has replaced the NDL-OPAC, which was in service for six years, from January 2012 to December […]


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Approximately 300 sound recordings of the Historical Recordings Collection (Rekion) are newly available online

(21 December 2017) On December 21, the National Diet Library (NDL) made approximately 300 sound recordings of the Historical Recordings Collection (Rekion) available for streaming online. Examples of sound recordings: 『ジョスランの子守唄』…A recording of “Berceuse de Jocelyn” by the tenor Yoshie Fujiwara, who established The Fujiwara Opera, accompanied by the Milan Scala Orchestra 『ピアノ独奏: ラ・カムパネラ』…A recording […]


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More than 1,000,000 online publications are available in the NDL database

(12 September 2017) The number of online publications archived by the National Diet Library (NDL) reached 1,000,000. The NDL will continue to archive online publications so that anyone can use them anytime. The announcement is here.


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