Library Management Course (AY2014) |

Library Management Course (AY2014)



The concept of New Public Management (NPM) has attracted wide public interests in recent years for the management of local governments. A number of  innovative methodologies have been already introduced along with the implementation of different new management policies. And adopting NPM methods for public libraries management has been righteously discussed, and indeed, new public management policies and practices are carried out through the successful cooperation amongst citizens, local governments, private companies, and NPOs, etc.

This has led to an increased demand for the training of library managers who are fully versed in library services and also possess a high level of NPM-related knowledge and skills. To address these needs, the School set this Library Management Course in collaboration with the two professional institutions that specialize in the Toshokan Ryutsu Center, and the School faculty members in 2006.

The primary objectives of the course are to enable our students to learn the latest knowledge and technologies required for library management, services and operations.  Seven subjects regarding library management have been established for this program, which will develop the knowledge and skills needed especially for the personnel to serve in the management of public libraries, small-to-medium-sized university libraries, or the management of a department in larger academic libraries. Students obtaining credits for these seven subjects will receive certification according to the conditions described in the following.  Our school which has been playing a core role in the cultivation and training of professional librarians who contribute greatly to the education and training of the next generation, highly-skilled library managers.

Program Overview

The program consists of seven 2-credit-hour subjects. Tuition is 25,750JPY (including Consumption Tax) for each subject. Descriptions of the subjects are provided below.

Subject Descriptions

System Management

Focusing primarily on the management systems and retreival systems for the public libraries, this course deals with the implementation of IT technologies in the libraries, and also addresses different data issues including personal information protection laws, intellectual property rights, and various factors affecting library patrons, etc.

Publishing and Distribution (Infrastructure Formation for Information Distribution Service)

This subject provides students with the knowledge about the various aspects of publishing and distributions.  Frist, students learn about basic flows of publishing and distributions, then the various publishing and distribution media, their mechanisms (e.g., publishing companies and academic societies) and systems, and the methods. Once the published and distributed media is identified, students learn the standardizing, linking and searching techniques that facilitate patrons to gain access to and use the media. Finally, students learn about the rights and the laws pertaining to publishing and distirution such as intellectual property rights and public lending rights.

Library Services

This subject gives students a good understanding of all kinds of library services delivered i.e., including public libraries, academic libraries and school libraries, etc.  Students will learn the significance of various kinds of services delivered and specific service strategies in the 21st century.

Library Facility Planning

Implementation of library planning and its operations often involves refurbishment, remodeling, new building, and other construction activities, etc. Library managers are also required to arrange periodic inspections preventative repairs and upgrades, and other appropriate maintenance tasks for their existing facilities. This subject deals with knowledge relating to library and facilities that at required of library managers, so they can be proactively involved in these activities sketched. Instead to convey practical information, this is an interactive class involving discussions based on lectures and actual case studies.

Public Administration

At the onset Japanese local administration system and its recent issues including decentralization of power, amalgamation of local authorities, and regional system (Do-Shu-sei) adoption are examined. And then in the light of policy assessment, designated manager, PFI(Private Financial Initiative), market testing, introduction of agency system, and public accounting reform new trends in public (especially local government) management are discussed along with the cosideration of library activities.

Public Services

The subject will enable students to grasp the nature of public services from the perspective of public spending, while giving students a good understanding of how public services at the local government level are conceived, how their decision-makings are processed, and how the services are actually implemented, as well as the financial and accounting systems needed to support the public services. Recent issues such as public disclosure of information, citizen participation, and community consensus are addressed in the context of public governance, and issues resulting from the systematic transition from a management outsourcing system to a designated manager system will also be discussed.

Library Governance

The public governance is understood as the interactive process and system between the three sectors of civil society deployed in contemporary market economy. Governance reform involves not only the reform of government managements but also changes of the market economy and the civil society functions. How library governance reform should be within this framework, and specific ways of solving the various management issues are also considered here.

Qualification for Taking the Library Management Course 

Those who satisfy follwing qualifications can take the course;

1) University graduates, or person with attainments equal to or higher than university graduates

2) Those who have the certification of librarians  or those who will attain the certification by the end of completion of the course

3) Those who have about 3-year-experience in Library or other relative filed, or those who will attain it by the completion of the course

For more detailed information on qualifications and procedures for taking the course, please referred to guide line from below. 

How to apply to the Library Management Course

Guideline and Application Form (Word/PDF*Japanese version only) 

Application form for students on campus (Word/PDF*Japanese version only)

For applicants outside of campus

Please bring or mail the Application Form filled-out by the deadline designated in the guideline, to the academic affairs of the Academic Service Office for the Library, Information and Media Studies Area. 

Application time : 9am- 4pm (lunch time intervention 12:15am-1:15pm) open except Saturday, Sunday and holidays.

For appicants from the Graduate School

Please bring the filled-out application form and submit it to academic affairs by course enrollment deadline of TWINS.

Application deadline is Friday,April 18,2014.Students in the Graduate School of Library,Information and Media Studies can take the following subjects with no tuition payments required.

-Library Facility Planning

-Public Administration

-Public Services

-Library Governance

Contact for Application and Inquries

Toshokan Ryutsu Center (TRC) Endowed Course Rearch Reports (2009-2013)

Open Courseware (OCW)

In light of our objectives for establishing the endowed chair in library management, this open courseware is based on the materials developed over two years for the Library Management Courses, and has been made publicly available over the Internet. Not only available to students enrolled in the course, but also the materials have now been made available to people, who plan to enroll in the course in the future, and to anyone who is interested in library management in general.

LMOCW (Library Management Course Open CourseWare)

Venue for the Course Tokyo Satellite (Bunkyo School Building on Tokyo Campus)

Otsuka 3-29-1, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo (Access to Bunkyo School Building) (Tokyo Satellite,3F #321)

Course Schedules & SyllabusSubjects
Subject Module Day of Week Time Period
System Management  Fall C Monday & Friday  7th & 8th

Publishing and Distribution

(Infrastructure Formation for Inforamtion Distribution Service)

Spring AB


(held on April 12&26, May 10&24, June 7&21)

3rd - 6th
Library Service Spring C Monday & Friday  7th & 8th
Library Facility Planning Spring AB


(except May2)

7th & 8th
Public Administration Fall AB


(no lecutre on December 19&26)

7th & 8th
Public Services Fall AB


(except Dec 22)

7th & 8th
Library Governance Spring AB


(no lecture on May 5)

7th & 8th
Time periods:    

                           3rd 12:15-13:30,      4th 13:45-15:00,       5th 15:15-16:30,                        

                           6th 16:45-18:00,      7th 18:20-19:35,       8th 19:45-21:00  

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