The 103rd All-Japan Library Conference (2017)


About 1,800 people participated in the 103rd All-Japan Library Conference organized by the Japan Library Association (JLA) at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, on October 12th and 13th, 2017. This year’s theme was Communities Begin with Libraries.

The conference opened with a ceremony to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the JLA, followed by an official opening ceremony, the 33rd Library Architecture Awards ceremony, and a keynote report. The first day of the conference concluded with a lecture by Jitsuro Terashima, chairman of the Japan Research Institute, entitled “Japan in the World, Libraries in Japan.”

On the second day, 24 section meetings were held, during and after which participants enjoyed the exhibitions.

The next conference is scheduled to be held on the 19th and 20th of October, 2018, at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center.

Section Meeting 5—School Libraries: Manga in School Libraries

The value of manga in school libraries was discussed. One presenter noted that more school libraries than ever before include manga in their collections. Another described how public libraries deal with developing their collection of manga. The secretariat for the Nippon Foundation’s Manga Edutainment Project to Open New Worlds described how a list of 100 outstanding educational manga selected by the Manga Edutainment Project was made and why so many libraries find it useful. After these reports, participants discussed these and other issues, including strategies for promoting reading with manga and the acquisition for use in multicultural education of Japanese manga translated into other languages.

Section Meeting 8—Library Services for Children: Programs to Put Books into Children’s Hands

The Ikoma City Library and the Yokohama City Central Library reported on their programs for promoting reading to children. After these reports, participants discussed a variety of issues regarding how to approach teenagers or promote cooperation between prefectural and local libraries.


(2018.4.9 update)