Library and Information Science Education in Japan


  • Yong Won Kim Surugadai University


As of 1995, 264 Japanese colleges and universities, including junior colleges, offered a varying number of courses of librarianship, with most of them providing nineteen credit courses, as prescribed by the Library Law. This paper reviews the historical background and current trends of library and information science education in Japan. It also analyzes the various types of curriculum and the teaching staff of these institutions, while identifying the factors influencing library and information science education. In conclusion, it mentions some of the present issues of the library and information science education system and discusses its future tasks and prospects.

Author Biography

Yong Won Kim, Surugadai University

Yong Won Kim is Associate Professor, Faculty of Cultural Information Resources, Surugadai University, Japan