Oct. 11, 2012
When I first set foot on the Shinshu University Campus, I anticipate I will fall in love this campus. It was small but it looks antique. Shinshu University has a highly respected college in this area, and Matsumoto city is really calm town.
All library staff welcomed me with warm hospitality. I have talk with Mr. Sasamoto in term of various point of view. He has a lot of interests and rich knowledge about Korean history. He must be true expert in history field. He introduced me about Kotani Collection in detail. Thanks to his consideration, I could see some rare documents and materials. He said, “You’re so important person so I show you even valuable documents, and it’s very unusual things.” That made me happy.
Especially, one of the great experience was an interview with the press Chunichi-Shinbun, ShinanoMainichi-Shinbun. During my interview, I emphasized that the importance of exchange program which helps both employees and library in term of improving mutual understanding and cultivating international mind.
In the evening welcome dinner was very good. Whole atmosphere was so cozy, warm, and friendly. I really enjoyed real Japanese food. My first day at the Shinshu University was so successful I think.
Oct. 12, 2012
Today, I trained about materials acceptance including registration of journals, e-resources, contracting journals and so on.
Actually my specialty as a librarian is a treating electronic resources. One of the big differences between Shinshu University Library and our library was the volume of subscribing journals in terms of the number of domestic journals and foreign one. For example, our library subscribes foreign journals more than Korean journals. On the other hands, Shinshu Library subscribes a lot of Japanese Journals more than foreign one.
In the afternoon, I got a training about reference services at 2nd floor. During the training time I found one of the good points. That was some staff's attitude. Even though, they can't speak English so well, but they were trying to explain about their services and system with kindness and librarianship.
Especially, I had a chance to meet Ms. Yoshiko Kato who is an associate professor in charge of teaching writing skill to the students. I'd like to have more time with her and want to get some information regarding her teaching methods and program contents but I couldn't due to her busy schedule.
Oct. 13, 2012
I had a wonderful time with Ms. Tsuda and Ms. Takei. We went to the "Matsumoto Castle" and "Matsumoto City Museum". As far as I know, there are about 12 castles in Japan. Matsumoto Castle is one of the old and historical one, also it is national treasure. There are a lot of people in side of castle, and each stairs looks very inclines. I thought, it's one of the challenging to reach the top of the castle. Finally I reached the top of castle without any events. Ms. Tsuda explained about the origin of castle, the importance of castle, the meaning of castle and the castle as an architecture point.
After that we moved to the Matsumoto City Museum. They exhibit some special collections regarding radio item. After enjoying exhibition we walked traditional Japanese streets and stopped by some small but very special shops. Fortunately, I could see Japanese traditional wedding ceremony.
Today was a meaningful day to understanding Japanese history and culture somewhat.
It was very special and fun day today. We went to Takahashi Setsuro Art Museum in Azumino. Personally I like to see artistic works. Setsuro is an artist who has sought free and original expression without sticking to the stereotype of Urushi art or artist.
Mr. Orii, Ms. Hagiwara and Ms. Lee joined the tour. Mr. Orii was driving the car, he was a nice driver. After art museum we moved to the Wasabi farms. I was surprised how clean water it has. We enjoyed wasabi ice cream; and took a picture in front of Wasabi sculpture.
After that we head to Bessho Onsen. To be honest, I really would like to experience Japanese spa culture at this time. Because I never have been experienced that so far. Ms. Tsuda has arranged onsen for us in advance. Thanks to Mr. Orii, I could enjoy taking a bath. It was real and true Japanese Bath culture.
When official schedule has finished, Ms. Hagiwara invited me to her parent's house. Her family members welcomed me with heartwarming. I could real Japanese house culture such as tatami, kotatsu, and some special foods. It was fantastic and great day for me.
Oct. 15, 2012
Today was the first day to have a training at the branch libraries. I went to the Engineering Library and Educational Library as well. Engineering Library looks new and modern. Ms. Hagiwara explained their services in detail including general information. One of the unique things of Engineering Library, there are a lot of corner which includes cartoon books corner, new arrival books corner, recommended books corner, free opinion board and self instruction program corner. Especially self instruction program seems very helpful for users regarding their study. Thanks to these kinds of programs, relationship must be much closer between users and library staff I think.
Education Library looks quite old and it seems requiring some spaces for books. All of the shelves are full of books, even top of the shelves has same situation. Our Library has same problems. Due to increasing library books, maintaining of space is one of the most serious problems I think.
In the afternoon, we visited "Nagano Nishi High School" to deliver my presentation about "Korean High School Student's Life". Actually I put a lot of energy and effort to prepare my presentation. Also I have tried to make my slides in terms of student's level. I did my very best to give them useful information. I do hope my presentation can be helpful for students to understand Korean high school student life.
Oct. 16, 2012
It was one of the memorable days today. Also it was truly the best day that I have experienced in Shinshu University Library.
Before I came to here Textile Science and Technology Library was very attractive for me. There is no Textile Science Library in Korea, and Jinju city is famous for silk industry.
In the morning I had the medical library training program. Medical library is also my interest spots that I'd like to know. Actually I have done a lot of great and honorable achievements at the medical library. I think one of the different services was instruction program. Usually we visit faculty member's research room or lab to deliver instruction. In other words, mainly we're conducting customized user training programs. One of the good points was cooperation program between hospital library and Matsumoto city public library. I think both library's are connected each other deeply and sharing each library's collections. That can be real win-win project in terms of saving money, and efficient operating systems.
At the Textile Science and Technology Library I was so impressed. Campus looks quite old, antique and beautiful. First of all, Ms. Takei who did excellent job. Her explanation was well organized systematic and very clear. I think she must be a lot of preparation regarding my visiting. After taking general information, she guides me campus tour including special museum. University said, " Shinshu University's Faculty of Textile Science and Technology is a leading pioneer, and they will continue to strive toward the development on inspiring technology that brings happiness to future generations with the humanity at the core." Now I think university's aim about Textile Science and Technology can be matching very well with the Textile Science and Technology Library.
Oct. 17, 2012
I have trained two sections at the central library. One was library service section, the other was library administration system section. At the library service section, I discussed with members concerning ILL, book delivery system, NACSIS(*1) and a compensation of lost items. In addition, I introduced our systems such as KERIS(*2), NDSL(*3) and our ILL/DDS services.
One of the unique things was that most young staffs are in charge of services section and circulation desk. I think that was a proper arrangement. Because generally users ask a lot of questions regarding their study and research at the desk. It means circulation desk is the first step of the library. If service desk staff provides their services with young, fresh and new sense of mind, library will have a good image among users.
In the afternoon, I learned about SOAR(*4). Before I came to here I thought that SOAR is just simple institutional repository. However, after training I realized that SOAR is a comprehensive researcher directory and institutional repository system. In addition SOAR is opened not only university members but also outside people. Also the fact that SOAR was made by library as a huge project make me surprise. I think Shinshu University Library did a really great job.
*1:NACSIS: NACSIS-CAT/ILL Catalog Information Sercive (http://www.nii.ac.jp/CAT-ILL/en/)
*2:KERIS: KOREA EDUCATIONAL AND RESEARCH INFORMATION SERVICE (http://english.keris.or.kr/)
*3:NDSL: NATIONAL DISCOVERY for SCIENCE LEADERS (http://scholar.ndsl.kr/)
*4:Shinshu University Online system of General Academic Resources SOAR (http://www.shinshu-u.ac.jp/soar/english/)
Oct. 18, 2012
Visiting public libraries was one of the new experiences for me. Shinshu University Library has been conducting partnership with Matsumoto city library and Shiojiri city library. Particularly, at the Shiojiri city library, I was highly stimulated by library director, and I could think again about "What is true user satisfaction?"
The director guides us whole library systems and services in a timely manner. He has a flexible, new and user friendly service mind.
After looking around city libraries, we moved to the Agricultural Library. Our university came from agricultural college basis. Right now, Agricultural college of GNU is running very well with a lot of outstanding achievements. I found some similarities between Shinshu University and Gyeongsang National University. Faculty of Agriculture runs Interdisciplinary Graduate School of science and technology Doctor's Program. Our university also pursues interdisciplinary field, sustainability and resilience in the both academic activities and university policies. I think these academic trends should be reflected library management. Because our tasks carry out supporting of education and research for universities.
At the Agricultural Library, one of the impressive thing was collaboration program with public library in order to share general books for their students. Additionally, director of Agricultural Library joined with us and explained about current research environment. I think he looks a good boss make staff comfortable and encourage to them.
Oct. 19, 2012
Nature sightseeing to "Kamikochi" was tremendous and joyful.
I have tried to learn not micro point of view but macro point of view. In terms of that my training at the Shinshu University Library was quite successful I think.
It was a good opportunities to understand Japanese Culture and History somewhat. I could get real world experience while in Japan. I think it is truly meaningful and rewarding for me.
As a librarian, a public servant, and a humanbeings, this exchange training programs inspire me with strong confidence to be able to play a vital role in my works and in my life as well.
I'd like to thank all of library members. Thanks to them my life in Japan was so happy and comfortable.