Faculty

Information Resources Management Course

ITSUMURA Hiroshi (Professor)  
http://www.slis.tsukuba.ac.jp/hitslab/

Theme : Scholarly Information, Academic libraries, Information Use Behavior

The trend toward digitization affects scholarly information system and academic library in many aspects. I am interested in changing services of academic libraries, open access and institutional repositories and information use of scientists and students.


DONKAI Saori (Professor)  
http://www.slis.tsukuba.ac.jp/~donkai/

Theme : Library Cultural History, Knowledge and information infrastructure

My research interests are around the history of libraries and information media. In order to build a better future for libraries, it is essential not only to understand their current situation, but also to know their history. I try to approach the history of libraries and other information media from the standpoint of knowledge infrastructure.


HIRAKUE Yuji (Professor)  

Theme : Management of the School Library, Library Use Education, and Information Literacy Education

This laboratory studies the academic domain of library and information science and education. My themes of interest are school library media center management for the effective use of the library and library use education for information literacy. It is important to conduct comparative studies of Japanese libraries with areas that have advanced school libraries (such as those of the United States).


MATSUMOTO Koichi (Professor)  

Theme : Data on Humanities, Databasing of Materials, and Philology of the Chinese Language

In humanities, there are many historical and folkloristic research sources, but some students choose to study old tales or picture books. My research approaches the problem of making databases of historical and folkloristic research sources from a researcher’s standpoint. My research concludes with philology and the problem of classifying and cataloging Chinese Classics.


MIZOUE Chieko (Professor)  Best Faculty Member 2016 (Research)

Theme : University Education, Education Policy, and Library Informatics Education

Higher education is very important training for librarians and information professionals. On the education profession, I am very interested in the policy on higher education of the United States and Canada. My research includes the evaluation of university and educational programs.


YOSHIDA Yuko (Professor)  

Theme : Public Librarianship, Public Library Services in Northern Europe, The History of American Public Libraries

My research field is public library services in northern Europe. I am also interested in the historical development of American public libraries. In order to consider libraries from various viewpoints, I am examining related issues such as cultural diversity, self-directed learning, and reading community.


WATANUKI Toyoaki (Professor)  Best Faculty Member 2010 (Research)

Theme : Books, Culture, and History

My research looks into the history and culture of Japanese literature: its various forms, the methods of print and publication, the different kinds and their methods of collection, and the methods of preservation.


SHIRAI Tetsuya (Professor)  Chief, Information Resources Management Course; Best Faculty Member 2013 (Social contribution and university administration)

Theme : Local History in Japan, Historical Materials, and Archival Science

I study Japanese history from the 16th to the 19th centuries and its fundamental materials, such as topographies. I conduct research on history and the function, interpretation, research, preservation, and use of historical materials. Currently, I am interested in theories and the practical issues regarding the preservation and use of the records and memories of local communities. I consider the various factors altogether while learning from experiences in archival science or museology.


TSUJIi Yasuaki (Professor)  

Theme : Video Media, Video Archive, Video Content Distribution over the Internet

My research interests concern primarily the development of video media and present situation of video archive from the viewpoint of culture, society, industry, technology and history. At the same time I study about the utilization of archival collections of video content in the digital era.


IKEUCHI Atsushi (Associate Professor)  
http://www.slis.tsukuba.ac.jp/~atsushi/

Theme : Public Library Policy, Library Evaluation, the Econometric Analysis of the Web

My research focuses on the optimal supply for tax-supported public libraries, which are established and managed from various viewpoints. I am also interested in the evaluation method of libraries and the research on the changes in the quantity, structure, and contents of the web.


ISHII Kaori (Associate Professor)  Best Faculty Member 2012 (Research)
http://kabochan.info/

Theme : Privacy, Personal Information Protection, and Information Law

I study the legal issues related to processing information, particularly the privacy and personal information protection law, through a comparative law approach. I am also interested in the structuring of information law, taking into account cross-sectoral legal study, emerging trends, and the international situation.


SUZUKI Kanae (Associate Professor)  

Theme : Youth, Reading, and the Influence of Media

My research concentrates on the actual use of printed/visual/electronic media, and their effects on children and adolescents. Printed media include books, newspapers, and comic books; and visual/electronic media, video games, television, and the Internet. I examine the effects of these media on academic and interpersonal/psychological aspects. I am interested in reading activities and their effects on the school or community; the daily use of media and their effects; and the use and effects of media in studying.


MURAI Maiko (Associate Professor)  

Theme : Intellectual Property Law, and Copyright Law

My research focuses on the Copyright Law and Intellectual Property Law systems, such as the Patent Act, Trademark Act, and Unfair Competition Prevention Act, from juristic viewpoints. The Intellectual Property Law systems limit the rights to information that should otherwise be available for free. Thus, it is important to balance the protection of rights to such information and the limitations of those rights. We consider how laws are applied and what types of systems are desirable through the study of precedents and the construction of the provisions.


LO, Patrick (Associate Professor)  

Theme : Comparative and International Librarianship, Music Librarianship, and Library Outreach and Public Relations

My interest is comparative studies on school, academic and special libraries in East Asia. I am also interested in researching the professional development of school and music librarianship. My other research interest is the library outreach and publicity/public relations in the digital era.


OHBA Ichiro (Assistant Professor)  Best Faculty Member 2009 (Education)

Theme : Public Library, Library Personnel, and Information Service (Reference Service)

My research concentrates on information services and the adequacy of library staff (mainly in public, school, and university libraries). For their graduation thesis, students explore the following fields, based on their awareness: (1) various services of the libraries, (2) information services in the libraries, (3) reading activity in school education and lifelong learning, and (4) the training of library staff (education induction).


HARA Atsuyuki (Assistant Professor)  

Theme : The Library in Europe, Library Cultural History, and International Comparison of Libraries

My research deals with social and historical studies on the development of libraries and reading practices in Germany and Britain in the 19th and 20th centuries. The 18th century was the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in Britain. Intensified publishing activity gave more people the opportunity to read books, and it was thus in this period that public library came into existence. My research is also interested in comparative studies of contemporary Japan and Germany. There are differences in the two countries’ policies and services, since Germany is a federal state and Japan is not. Research on the history of the library in Japan after the Meiji era is also important for making comparative studies.


KOIZUMI Masanori (Assistant Professor)  

Theme : Library Strategy, Public Governance and Public Libraries, Collection Development and Evaluation for libraries

My research focuses on how libraries or other similar institutions provide information resources and their services to citizens, and how they solve social problems by using their resources in local societies. Especially I am currently looking at them based on three levels, (1)Government (public policy), (2)Libraries (management), (3)Citizens (library users), from the perspectives of management or governance.


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