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Prospective Activities of the “Department of Library Science” Graduates

Prospective Activities After Completing the Master’s Program

This department produces talented individuals who play key roles in society, and who have the high level of expertise and practical abilities needed to address the changing situation of society, going beyond the boundaries of the humanities and the sciences.
Careers developed in our department include the following:

archivists and record managers

Recordkeeping specialists working for public organizations, central or local governments and private companies, often as archivists and record managers.

subject librarians

Specialists who have in-depth knowledge in a specific field, such as subject librarians.

data engineers

Professionals who develop a theory or system by applying information and communication technology, such as data engineers.

Managers

Managers of organizations who must solve problems and formulate strategies by controlling and disseminating information.

Researchers

Researchers who develop and advance the new academic field related to information management and provision, or library science.

Prospective Activities After Completing the Doctoral Program

The Doctoral Program aims to develop human resources who can deepen and develop “Library Science” based on the fundamental knowledge and abilities they acquired in the Master’s Program. To this end, we need to enable students to acquire the abilities to:

  1. Solve problems while specializing in only one of the three fields—Library and Information Science,Records Management & Archival Science, and Information Science—by using findings and research   results from the other two fields (so-called T-shaped research competency)
  2. Consider from the user’s point of view what kind of information management and access issignificant.
  3. Explore better frameworks for information management and access based on an understanding of related problems without being blinded by conventional frameworks.

Possible career courses after graduation for students with these abilities are:

Universities’ educational or research institutions, etc.

Students who follow this course will become teachers in such institutions as universities. They will be able to solve various problems at institutions of information management and services, to deepen and develop Library Science, and to develop human resources for the next generation. These students can be expected to play an active role in Library Science and other related fields (Library and Information Science, Records Management & Archival Science, and Information Science).

Information management and service organizations

Students who follow this course will become individuals who will propose new models of information management and access that can respond to changes in the distribution of information, user needs, information and communication technology, and information law at institutions of information management and services such as libraries, archives, companies’ records management divisions, as well as be able to lead an organization. Concrete examples are:

  • Librarians who act as the leader of a new project in a university library (i.e. a librarian and researcher at a university)
  • Record managers and archivists who establish a recorded information management system (e.g. rules to handle recorded information for management of that information, and mechanisms within organizations), and provide education to expand use of the system across their organizations
  • Corporate engineers and researchers who conduct research on systems to improve access to information needed by users, and systems to provide new information management and access services