About us“Education Purpose and Research” and “Three Policies”

“Education Purpose and Research” and “Three Policies”of the Department of Library Science

Education purposes

With the development of the ICT environment and changes in laws and distribution systems as well as the progress of globalization,aivariety of problems concerning information management and provision occur one after another.This department strives to train personnel who can solve these issues by integrating knowledge of libraries and information science,archival science, information science,information law system, learning science, etc.,provide support for the creation and succession of users’knowledge from users’standpoints,and explore the future of information management and provision.

Diploma Policy

Master’s program

Students who complete this program will have the following skills and knowledge: firstly, the ability and expertise to play a central role in the fields of information management and provision in the documentation management departments of libraries, archives or other organizations, or information system or information service companies; secondly, the ability and attitude to put the acquired skills and expertise into practical use in information management and provision from the users’ standpoints.
Specifically, the above skills and knowledge comprise the following:

(1) Knowledge and understanding:
– The basics of information management and provision common to both library and information
sciences and record management and archival sciences;
– The ability to illustrate construction methods and usage of information systems in relation to
information management and provision;
– The ability to describe the social and legal aspects with regard to information management and
provision;
– The ability to explain the basic theory of learning and communication using information technology;
– Understanding the methodology for investigation and the fundamentals of analysis.
(2) Skills:
(2-i) Expertise:
– To determine the nature of information for appropriate management and provision;
– To distribute information and collect data by using information systems;
– To investigate and analyze the needs of users seeking information concerning information
management and provision;
– To explain the roles and limitations of their field of expertise to other experts in adjacent areas of
expertise when working in a team with experts in different fields.
(2-ii)iGeneral aptitude:
– To gain an understanding of issues concerning current information management and provision;
– To plan information services in information managing and providing organizations from the users’perspectives;
– To correctly understand the meaning of requests or demands from other experts inidifferent fields
when working in collaboration with experts inidifferent fields to solve problems;

(3) Attitude and orentation:
– Toward collecting information with an interest in the issues, technology and methodology in the
relevant fields outside their areas of expertise.

Doctoral program

Students who complete this program will have the following skills and knowledge: firstly, the ability
to independently conduct research; secondly, the ability and expertise to play aileading role in the fields of information management and provision in the documentation management departments of libraries, archives or other organizations, or information system or information service companies; thirdly, the ability to conduct researchion the future of information management and provision, from the users’ standpoints, based on their acquired skills and expertise.
(1) Knowledge and understanding:
– To fully understand the ideas, theories and methods of, at least one of the following three areas; libraryiand information sciences, record management and archival sciences and information science with regard to information management and provision, and to illustrate the typical ideas, theories and methods of the remaining areas;
– To describe the social and legal aspects with regard to information management and provision;
– To explain the basic theory of learning and communication using information technology;
– Of the methodology for investigation and the fundamentals of analysis.
(2) Skills:
(2-i) Expertise:
– To solve problems by employing the knowledge of the above three areas, regardless of your expertise,
if necessary.
(2-ii) General aptitude:
– To gain an understanding of issues concerning current information management and provision;
– To plan information services in information managing and providing organizations from the users’
perspectives;
(3) Attitude and orientation:
– To explore better mechanisms of information management and provision without restriction of
traditional framework;
– To collect information with an interest in issues, ideas, technology and methodology in the relevant
fields outside their areas of expertise.
– To conduct research independently, or in other words, to plan a research project, conduct literature
searches, perform experiments or collect data, analyze and interpret or discuss the results, and
describe the findings and outcomes accurately.

Curriculum Policy

Master’s program

This Department will provide the following education:
– Education on library and information sciences and record management and archival sciences with
regard to information management and provision;
– Education on information science, including data engineering, to achieve information management
and provision;
– Education on the theories and skills required to understand the process of creation and succession of
knowledge of human beings;
– Education on the current situation of the legal system of information law, by which information in
electronic media should be covered, and its philosophy as well as education on information
distribution system;
– Education inwhich students will be able to develop their skills to explore the future of information
management and provision as well as new features of the “opportunity” for supporting the creation
and succession of knowledge.

In consideration of the fact that there are students with social science backgrounds and those with
natural science backgrounds in our department, to attain this education, our curriculum will be
designed based on the following policy:
– The curriculum will be designed by focusing on library and information sciences, record management
and archival sciences, and information science, from the perspective of information management and provision, as well as subjects relating to learning and communication and those relating to information
law system, as relevant areas.
– With regard to the education on library and information sciences and record management and archival
sciences, special consideration will be given to students who have not studied the basics of these
subjects at undergraduate level before.
– We will provide education for students to develop their skills to explore the future of information
management and provision as well as new features of the “opportunity” for supporting the creation
and succession of knowledge.
– With regard to the subjects of library and information sciences, record management and archival
sciences and information science, the curriculum will be designed for students to effectively learn the basics subjects, advanced subjects and practicum in an understandable order, in accordance with the
characteristics of each subject. Furthermore, subjects which will provide students with knowledge
required in practicum will be taught in a term before the practicum will be conducted.
– To meet the diverse needs of students, a wide range of curriculum models will be prepared. (Students
will plan to take courses based on the model courses under the supervision of their supervisors.)
– Grade evaluation will be performed in a comprehensive manner based on examinations, reports and
presentations in accordance with the characteristics of each subject.

Doctoral program

– In this program, students are expected to develop the following skills and abilities by conducting
research projects and through discussion with academic supervisor and other faculty members.
* Basic abilities required for independent researchers
* Ability to explore one of the three major fields (library and information science, record
management and archival sciences, and information science), which is focused on by each student,
and use knowledge and research findings from the other two areas
* Ability to explore better mechanisms of information management and provision without restriction
of traditional framework, from the users’ standpoints;
– The curriculum will be designed for students to understand research trends (issues, ideas, technology
and methodology, etc.) in the other two areas, which is not major focus of each student, develop their abilities to collect knowledge, and improve their communication skills to discuss scientific matters with
researchers in other fields.
– The curriculum will be designed to allow students to make up for deficiencies by taking courses
provided by the master’s program of this department, depending on each student’s background;
– Grade evaluation will be performed in a comprehensive manner based on the assessment of their
cogitation, originality and communication skills through presentations or discussions.

Admission policy

Selection of graduate students will be conducted at each department from people who have the
following qualifications and problem awareness:
(1) students who are motivated to solve a variety of issues in the field of their expertise in an
interdisciplinary way and to distribute their findings for the benefit of society;
(2) students who are eager to play a leading role in society;
(3) students who demonstrate flexible thinking, have good communication skills, and a broad range of
general knowledge
(4) in the case of mature students, those who have working experience in companies or local
communities and are motivated to develop and systematize their problem awareness at the
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