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E1797e – Status of Libraries in the Aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake (As of March 31, 2016) (2)

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Current Awareness-E No.303

19 May, 2016

Status of Libraries in the Aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake (As of March 31, 2016) (2)


This report introduces status of libraries in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake between the end of February 2016 and the end of March 2016, following past Current Awareness-E report (see E1796).

●Events, Lectures, Training Sessions, and Seminars

On February 27, “University of Tsukuba Research Center for Knowledge Communities 2015 Accomplishment Briefing & Open Event ‘Possibilities of Images and Movies Archives (画像・映像アーカイブの可能性)’” was held at University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba Campus. Presentations included the following topics: “Message from Productions of TV News: Broadcasts on Disaster Affected Regions (テレビ報道の制作現場から伝えたいと思うこと―被災地報道を中心に―)”, “Webs Link Digital Archives: Towards Improvement of Access among Disaster Archives (ウェブでつながるデジタルアーカイブ―災害アーカイブ群のアクセス性向上を目指して―).”

Community Design Council (incorporated non-profit organization) hosted a workshop titled “The Great East Japan Earthquake for Every Individuals (ひとり一人の東日本大震災)” at Kawaguchi City Media Seven in Saitama Prefecture on February 28, March 3, and 5. The workshop recorded memories of the disaster through interviews to people on the street. The audio was released on March 10.

On March 3, a symposium of “NHK BUNKEN FORUM 2016” titled “Five Years since the Great East Japan Earthquake: The Future of Disaster Digital Archives to ‘Pass Down’ and ‘Utilize’” was held at Chiyoda Media Plaza in Tokyo Prefecture. (NHK Online)

On March 4, University of Tsukuba and Mori Art Museum in Tokyo Prefecture co-hosted an international symposium for the fifth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake titled “The Possibilities for Art in Disasters” at International House of Japan in Tokyo Prefecture.

On March 5, “Library Forum & Fair 2016 in Sendai” was held at Tohoku University Library. The theme of Part I was “Trends of Learning Commons in Higher Education Including Tohoku University Library: Advancing towards New Phase after Disaster Reconstruction (東北大学他にみる高等教育におけるラーニングコモンズ動向-震災復興を経て次なるフェイズへ).” In Part III titled “New Forms of Public Libraries (公共図書館の新たな形)”, Etsuko Shibazaki of Natori City Library in Miyagi Prefecture reported on “After Reconstruction from the Disaster: Visions for New Library (震災復興を経て─新図書館構想).”

On March 6, an open symposium titled “Archives Create the Future: Toward Utilization for Large Scale Disaster Information (未来をつくるアーカイブ:大規模災害情報の利活用に向けて)” was held at The University of Tokyo.

On March 11, The 65th Digital Archive Salon of Japan Art Documentation Society titled “Five Years Since the Great East Japan Earthquake: What Have We Done, What Will We Do, and What Is The Role of Digital Archives (東日本大震災から5年-私たちは何をしてきたのか,今後何をしていくのか。そして,デジタルアーカイブの役割は何か-)” was held at Science Museum in Tokyo Prefecture. Among the panelists were Makoto Okamoto, one of the organizers and founders of saveMLAK.

On March 11, a symposium titled “Challenge to Restore Cultural Properties Damaged by Tsunami: Five Years Since the Great East Japan Earthquake (津波被災文化財再生への挑戦-東日本大震災から5年-)” was held at Tokyo National Museum.

On March 12, “Center for Remembering 3.11” hosted “Grassroots Archive Meeting” at Sendai Mediatheque in Sendai City.

On March 18, Shanti Volunteer Association (public interest incorporated association) held “Shanti Seminar: Collaborating with Communities for Support for the Great East Japan Earthquake ‘Linking, Bonding, and Living Today’ (シャンティセミナー東日本大震災支援における地域との連携「つなげる,つながる,そして今を生きる」)” at CANVAS, Uchida Yoko Co., Ltd. in Kyoto. Shanti made a presentation on its “Mobile Library Project: Run in Tohoku!”. A former staff of Rikuzentakata Public Library in Iwate Prefecture also made a presentation.

On March 19 and March 20, “The Second National Convention of Shiryo Net (第2回全国史料ネット研究交流集会)” was held at Koriyama City Citizens Plaza in Fukushima Prefecture. The event was co-hosted by the Planning Committee for The Second National Convention of Shiryo Net, National Institutes for Cultural Heritage, and a research group of Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research, Scientific Research (S) “Establishing Studies of Local Historical Materials for Formation of Disaster Culture: From the Great East Japan Earthquake (災害文化形成を担う地域歴史資料学の確立―東日本大震災を踏まえて―)” (Principal Investigator: Hiroshi Okumura).

On March 20, Municipal Government of Sendai, Sendai Cultural Foundation, and Bungeishunju Ltd. hosted “Tohoku Literary Festival: Five Years Since the Great East Japan Earthquake, Thinking about Literature from Tohoku (東日本大震災から5年 東北から文学を考える)” at Sendai Mediatheque.


In February, Japan Library Association published a book titled “New Moves of Libraries in Northeast Japan (東北における新たな図書館の動き).”

In February, Toshifumi Yata and Nagaoka City Central Library Archives Branch (Niigata Prefecture) published a pictorial record “Niigata Chuetsu Earthquake, The Great East Japan Earthquake and Research on Disaster History and Preservation of Historical Materials: The Nagaoka Post-Disaster Reconstruction Collection (新潟県中越地震・東日本大震災と災害史研究・史料保存-長岡市災害復興文庫を中心に-).”

“Daigaku no Toshokan (大学の図書館)” (Vol. 507, February 2016) published a special issue titled “Five Years Since the Great East Japan Earthquake: Disaster Archives Today (東日本大震災から5年:震災アーカイブの現在).”

On February 27, Fukushima Prefectural Library released No. 18 of “Book Guide.” The guide presents what librarians felt reading the materials from “The Great East Japan Earthquake Fukushima Prefecture Reconstruction Library.” “List of Materials in Disaster Library for Reconstruction” was also updated as of March 11.

In March, Japan Library Association published “Recovery from the East-Japan Great Earthquake: The Case of Higashimatsushima Library” by Yoshitaka Kato.

“Historical Materials and Exhibitions: Three Exhibitions on the Great East Japan Earthquake at Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library and Museum of Meiji University” by Junko Uno was published in “The Journal of Historical Studies (歴史学研究)” (Vol. 942, March 2016).

“The Library journal (図書館雑誌)” (Vol. 1108, March 2016) published a special issue titled “Five Years Since the Great East Japan Earthquake (東日本大震災から5年).”

“Journal of Information Processing Society of Japan (情報処理)” (Vol. 612, March, 2016) published a special issue titled “Special Program for Fifth Anniversary of the Disaster: Disaster Science and Information Technology (震災5年特別企画 災害科学と情報技術).”

“Journal of Information Processing and Management (情報管理)” (Vol. 58, No. 12, March 2016) published an article by Itsumi Komura on “The 27th Building Networks among Info Pros.”

“National Diet Library Monthly Bulletin (国立国会図書館月報)” (Vol. 659, March 2016) published a special issue titled “Archiving earthquake disasters.”

“Current Awareness” (No. 327, March 2016) published a featured issue “Five Years since the Great East Japan Earthquake (東日本大震災から5年).”

“Shuppan News: Japanese Publications News and Reviews (出版ニュース)” (Vol. 2407, Mid-March 2016) published a special issue titled “Today, Five Years Since 3.11 (3・11から5年の現在は).”

On March 11, National Diet Library Research and Legislative Reference Bureau released an article as No. 899 of Issue Brief (調査と情報-ISSUE BRIEF-) Series. The article titled “Five Years Since the Nuclear Accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant: Current Status and Challenges (福島第一原発事故から5年―現状と課題―)” summarizes developments, current status, and challenges of the nuclear accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

On March 12, an online newspaper “Huffington Post” published an article “A Book Washed Away by Tsunami ‘Returns’ to Rikuzentakata Public Library after 5 Years (津波に流された1冊の本が,陸前高田市立図書館に5年ぶりに”返却”されるまで)” by Chika Igaya.


●Activities to Support Disaster Affected Regions

From March 1 to March 27, “We Have Not Forgotten The Great East Japan Earthquake (忘れていません東日本大震災)” was held at Nagoya City Atsuta Library. The event called for support to “Rikuzentakata Library Dream Project.” In addition to a lecture, exhibition of books related to disaster prevention and the Great East Japan Earthquake was organized.

From March 25 to March 30, volunteers of Japan Library Association participated in a project to improve elementary and junior high school libraries led by Municipal Government of Higashimatsushima City in Miyagi Prefecture. Volunteers selected books for disposal, boxed books for moving, classified books, changed book labels, and shelved books at Nobiru Elementary School and Miyato Elementary School, both located within the city.


On March 4, Reconstruction Agency launched “Reconstruction Five Years Portal Site (復興5年ポータルサイト).” The site presents a chronological table since the disaster as well as progress of reconstruction. As “Reconstruction Efforts in Videos (映像で見る復興の取り組み),” the website presents “List of Websites with Videos (動画サイト集),” bringing together video clips released on websites of ministries and agencies as well as the National Diet Library.

Written by Research and Information Section
Library Support Division, Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library

Translated by Okada Aya