Overview

In our ever-changing social environment, there is a growing need for continued education among professionals engaged in library and information services. In response to this social need, the Graduate School of Letters established the Information Resource Management Program within the Department of Library and Information Science in 2004. This program is available to university graduates with librarian certification or three years of professional experience in libraries or other related organizations. With a focus on the latest in information technology, administration and management, our curriculum allows students to acquire practical skills and knowledge concerning information resource organization, information retrieval, scholarly communication, reference services, and more. We aim to improve students’ practical problem-solving skills as well as academic skills, which are developed through courses offered in scholarly article writing and research methods. In 2015, the Information Resource Management Program was officially certified as a Brush-up Program for Professionals by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

Most courses are offered in the evening and on weekends to accommodate the needs of currently employed professionals. We also have a few intensive summer courses. Every year, 15–20 students enroll in the program, earning a professional master’s degree while working full-time. They share a strong sense of solidarity and remain friends long after completion of the program.

Faculty

Name/Position

Department/Specialty/Research Interest/Publication

  • IKEYA, Nozomi
    Professor

    Library and Information Science
    Ethnomethodology, Information Behavior, Knowledge Management, Organizational Ethnography

    My central interest is in examining and understanding the practices of people from their perspective, following the interdisciplinary approach of the Ethnomethodology’s Program. More specifically, I am interested in considering issues such as sharing, creating, and handing down knowledge and expertise in organizational settings and communities by examining and understanding how knowledge and expertise is produced and shared in and through visible practices. This has taken on an increasing importance as this expertise sharing often takes place in technology mediated contexts.I have so far conducted fieldwork in a number of organizational settings, including libraries, hospitals, and corporate organizations. A through understanding of an organization's practices allows for a more nuanced view of the important issues which arise from knowledge management efforts and in my research, has resulted in the co-design of services and technology with stakeholders.

    Publication
    • 社会課題とエスノメソドロジー研究との関わり : 救急医療におけるワークの研究を中心に. 年報社会学論集. 2019, no.32, 12-22
    • A reading of Sacks’ Lawyer’s Work as an invitation to ethnomethodological studies of work. Ethnographic Studies, 2019, No.16, 167-180, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3459383
    • Social Distribution Of Knowledge In Action: The Practical Management Of Classification. In J.Strassheim, H.Nasu (Eds.), Relevance and Irrelevance: Theories, Factors and Challenges. De Gruyter. 2018
    • ワークとしての情報行動:ミーティングにおける情報の実践的マネジメント.『ワークプレース・スタディーズ:はたらくことのエスノメソドロジー』ハーベスト社, 2017
    • 『図書館は市民と本・情報をむすぶ』(共編著、勁草書房、2015)
  • KISHIDA, Kazuaki
    Professor

    Library and Information Science
    Information Retrieval

    I am interested in the theory and technology of information retrieval, especially statistical techniques for enhancing retrieval performance. More specifically, I have proposed some algorithms for cross-language information retrieval in which the language of a search query is different from that used in the documents being searched. Automatic clustering of documents is another one of my research topics. For example, I have recently conducted experiments using clustering algorithms that generate a tree structure from a large-scale document collection.

    Publication
    • Technical issues of cross-language information retrieval: a review (Information Processing & Management, vol.41, no.3, 2005)
    • High-speed rough clustering for very large document collection(Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, vol.61, no.6, 2010)
    • Double-pass clustering technique for multilingual document collections(Journal of Information Science, vol.37, no.3, 2011)
    • 『図書館情報学における統計的方法』(樹村房、2015)
    • Uncomplicated procedure for thesaurus mapping: Use of stemming, edit distance and vector matching (IPSJ SIG Technical Report. vol.2018-IFAT-131, no.1, 2018).
  • KURATA, Keiko
    Professor

    Library and Information Science
    Scholarly Communication, Library and Information Science

    My research subject is scholarly communication in the construction of scientific knowledge through the role of information media. I am especially interested in the transformation of scholarly communication in the digital age, open access movements of research achievement, and the placement of research platforms in the era of open science.

    Publication
    • 『学術情報流通とオープンアクセス』(勁草書房、2007)
    • 「電子ジャーナルとオープンアクセス環境下における日本の医学研究者の論文利用および入手行動の特徴」(共著、Library and Information Science, no.61, 2009)
    • Remarkable growth of open access in the biomedical field: analysis of PubMed articles from 2006 to 2010(co-authored, PLOS ONE, 2013, vol.8, no.5, 2013)
    • Identifying the Complex Position of Research Data and Data Sharing Among Researchers in Natural Science. (co-authored, Sage Open. 2017, 7 (3), doi.org/10.1177/2158244017717301)
    • Print or digital? Reading behavior and preferences in Japan. (co-authored,Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. 2017,vol.68, no.4, p.884-894.)
  • TANIGUCHI, Shoichi
    Professor

    Library and Information Science
    Information Organization, Information Resource Management

    Pursuing the organization of knowledge and information resources, which aims at organize vast and varied amounts of information resources to be able to satisfy certain requests (or a variety of requests) effectively and efficiently. Cataloging, metadata management, classification, controlled vocabulary (ontology), and retrieval systems are conventional ways to attain such goals in the field, with new approaches and practices also being developed.

    Publication
    • A Conceptual Modeling Approach to Design of Catalogs and Cataloging Rules(ひつじ書房、2007)
    • 『メタデータの「現在」:情報組織化の新たな展開』(勉誠出版、2010)
    • 『知識資源のメタデータ 第2版』(共著、勁草書房、2016)
    • Is BIBFRAME 2.0 a suitable schema for exchanging and sharing diverse descriptive metadata about bibliographic resources? Cataloging & Classification Quarterly. Vol.56, No.1, 2018.
    • Mapping and Merging of IFLA Library Reference Model and BIBFRAME 2.0. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly. Vol.56, No.5-6, 2018.