Tag Archives: NDL

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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The National Diet Library conducted research on the super-aged society and libraries

(7 June 2017)  The National Diet Library has published a report of its research on the super-aged society and libraries. This research comprises case studies through bibliographic survey and field work focusing on the library services for the older people provided at the three public libraries, as well as interviews with 20 older people including […]


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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 […]


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

On November 10 2016, the National Diet Library, Japan, made approximately 650 sound recordings of the Historical Recordings Collection (Rekion) available for streaming online. They include works composed by Kosaku Yamada, Kiyoshi Nobutoki and Gento Uehara. Their copyrights have expired this year. The full announcement is here.


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An International Symposium: Trends in Open Science and the Role of Libraries

(3 October 2016) The National Diet Library will sponsor a symposium featuring Ms. Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen, president of the Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche, or Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER). LIBER actively promotes Open Science in Europe, and Ms. Hormia-Poutanen will speak about the efforts of European research libraries and national libraries to stay […]


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NDL trains Nepali librarians

(27 June 2016) Since 1989, the National Diet Library (NDL) has served as the International Federation of Library Associations Strategic Programme on Preservation and Conservation (IFLA PAC) Regional Centre for Asia, and has worked to promote cooperation in preserving library materials throughout Asia. As part of the cooperative activities of the Regional Centre, Mr. Yadab […]


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Training for Japanese Studies Librarians outside of Japan: Library services practicum at the Kansai-kan of the NDL 2016

(28 April 2016) From 13 to 22 January , 2016, the National Diet Library (NDL) hosted a training program for Japanese Studies librarians living outside Japan. It was held at the Kansai-kan of the NDL in Kyoto, and 12 participants joined from five countries: France, Germany, Italy, the Republic of Korea, and the United States. […]


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Sawako Hanyu appointed new Librarian of the National Diet Library

(31 March 2016) As of March 31, 2016, Mr. Noritada Otaki, the Librarian of the National Diet Library, retired and as of April 1, 2016, Dr. Sawako Hanyu is the newly appointed Librarian of the National Diet Library. Dr. Hanyu served as Professor of Ochanomizu University from 1996, vice-president and Director of the University Library […]


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NDL’s official YouTube channel launched

On March 30, 2016, the National Diet Library launched an official YouTube channel. Introductory videos (Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean versions) are now available and new items will follow. The National Diet Library YouTube official channel is here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHpDnv60i1LxOszXgBSE7DA


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Music manuscripts and documents related to modern Japanese composers are available

(10 March 2016) On March 1, the National Diet Library released music manuscripts and documents related to modern Japanese composers. Now, approximately 600 items in the collection of composer Hikaru HAYASHI (1931-2012) are available. Advance reservation is required to use music manuscripts. Materials already digitized are available only in digitized form to preserve the originals. […]


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WARP reaches a new milestone with 10,000 archived websites

(1 December 2015) The Web Archiving Project (WARP) of the National Diet Library (NDL) has been archiving websites in Japan since 2002. In October 2015, WARP archived its 10,000th website in 13 years. The number of archived files is 3.6 billion, comprising 630 terabytes of data as of the end of October 2015. WARP undertakes […]


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The National Diet Library has released a bibliographic information retrieval and visualization system developed by utilizing MIMA search in the NDL Lab

(21 July 2015) MIMA search was developed by Dr. Hideki Mima (Specially Appointed Associate Professor, School of Engineering, University of Tokyo) and his associates. Although search results are conventionally displayed in a list, MIMA search displays results as a map comprising lines and nodes, which enables users to easily visualize the relation between diverse data […]


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