The Department of Library Science was established as the third department of the Graduate School of Integrated Frontier Sciences in April 2011.
The Department of Library Science was founded for the purpose of nurturing experts who will be able to effectively manage and provide information in a society where information communications technology has been exponentially expanding and people are awash with information. At this department, the word “library” is redefined as a place that secures the management and provision of information from users’ perspectives, and assists in knowledge creation and succession at the same time. The department seeks to provide a human resource pool equipped with abundant high-level expertise and practical application orientation, with individuals who can develop practical activities that respond to social changes anywhere the management and utilization of information is conducted. This goes beyond conventional libraries and archives, and sees the new library as a depository of information from various formats and academic domains, eliminating the fence between liberal arts and science.
This department is especially noteworthy because it is based on new ideas, such as redefining the concept of information management and utilization, and the integrated handling of materials that have conventionally been separated into copyright literature and document records. This is the first such initiative in Japan, and is the result of the integrated approach of various academic circles and industries.
The entrance ceremony was held on Friday, April 8, 2011. Atsushi Okazaki, Professor and Department Director of the Department, stated at the orientation held after the ceremony, “We would like you who have taken the plunge into this cutting-edge field to open up new domains and themes in your own unique ways.” Nine new students have made a fresh start as members of the inaugural class.
Brochure of the Department of Library Science of the Graduate School of Integrated Frontier Sciences
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