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E2376e - Status of Libraries in the Aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake (As of April 20, 2021)

This report introduces major information on status of libraries in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake between mid-September 2020 to mid-April 2021, following past Current Awareness-E reports (see E2299 and others).

E2401e – NDL Develops Basic Plan for Long-Term Preservation of Digital Materials 2021-2025

n March 2021, the National Diet Library (NDL) developed "National Diet Library Basic Plan for Long-term Preservation of Digital Materials 2021-2025" (hereafter the "Basic Plan"). This article provides an overview of the Basic Plan, summarizing issues on long-term preservation of digital materials and reviewing related efforts made by the NDL to date.

E2441e – Celebrating the Fifth Anniversary of the Appointment of Mukunyan as the Cat Chief

Five years have passed since Mukunyan was appointed as the cat chief of Hatoju Muku Memorial Museum and Library. Today, his activities as the cat chief are well known not only within the village, but also to those outside Nagano Prefecture. To celebrate the five-year milestone, we hosted an exhibition “Cat Chief Mukunyan” at the museum and library in August 2021.

E2343e – Recording “Lost Performances”: The COVID-19 Pandemic and Activities of Enpaku

The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University (familiarly known as Enpaku) is a research institute and museum on the culture of theatre and motion pictures. Since April 2020, Enpaku has been conducting investigations and collecting materials on performances that had to be cancelled or postponed in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. On October 7, Enpaku also began hosting an online exhibition. While diverse efforts are being made across Japan to archive the unprecedented pandemic (see E2282, E2283, E2321), our attempt aimed to historicize the “present” from the perspective of theatre and to accumulate plays that could not be performed in 2020, not as “memories” of those involved, but as public “records” to be passed down to the next generations.

E2371e – Awareness towards Libraries: The Impact of COVID-19

The National Diet Library (NDL) conducted “Survey on the Trend of Information Behavior and the Awareness of Public Libraries (図書館利用者の情報行動の傾向及び図書館に関する意識調査)” in 2014 and 2019 (see E1667, E2225). The plan was to conduct this kind of survey once in a few years to grasp the awareness towards public libraries as well as changes in people’s information behaviors. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic, we anticipated a major change in people’s awareness and behaviors in 2020. We thus conducted a survey from December 11 to 15, 2020, continuing from 2019.

E2283e – Archiving the Moment: Investigation on COVID-19 Public Library Trend

●From CALIL Inc. to saveMLAK Since the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, saveMLAK has gathered information on MLAK (Museums, Libraries, Archives, and Kominkan (community centers)) affected by natural disasters. Those information are released on its website.