Promotion of children's reading activities

Support Plan for the Promotion of Children's Reading Activities 2015

1. Purpose

The International Library of Children's Literature (ILCL) was established in 2000 as a branch of the National Diet Library (NDL) dedicated to children's books. Since then, the ILCL has provided variety of services in cooperation with related organizations.

The Act on Promotion of Children's Reading (Act No. 154 of 2001) was enacted in December 2001. The Cabinet also approved a Basic Plan for the Promotion of Children's Reading Activities in order to promote children's reading at the national and municipal level. In light of the principles set forth in this act, the ILCL, as a national library dedicated to children's books, developed the Support Plan for the Promotion of Children's Reading Activities 2010, which was designed to help promote children's reading activities in libraries across Japan.

Based on this plan, ILCL has worked on providing more information through the Internet, building networks of people who are involved in services for children, and conducting survey research on promoting children's reading activities. Having achieved worthwhile results, these efforts will be continued going forward.

Meanwhile, there are some challenges to be addressed for further improvement. The ILCL's material storage capacity will be increased during FY2015 through extension and reconstruction. Also, new facilities such as meeting rooms will be developed. The ILCL will launch new services and develop this plan as a continuation of the Support Plan for the Promotion of Children's Reading Activities 2010. At the same time, the ILCL will expand efforts to promote children's reading activities in continuous cooperation with related organizations.

2. Implementation period

Five years from FY2015 to FY2019

3. Subjects of the plan

People involved providing children's services at public libraries, school libraries, private collections, and other places throughout Japan

4. Implementation Policy

As a branch of the NDL, the ILCL, acquires, preserves, and makes available a wide range of Japanese and foreign children's books and related materials. At the same time, the ILCL provides support in accordance with following four policies for cooperation with related organizations.

  1. Providing information on children's reading
  2. Developing human resources and building networks
  3. Implementing at the ILCL
  4. Providing information by using its materials, etc.

5. ILCL Activities

  1. Providing information on children's reading
    1.1
    Updating the ILCL website and providing easy-to-understand information on children's books and children's reading activities.
    1.2
    Distributing newsletters via email to subscribers and providing up-to-date information through a variety of media.
  2. Developing human resources and building networks
    2.1
    Holding basic group training to people are involved in providing services for children.
    2.2
    Holding lectures on children's literature to cultivate knowledge on children's books. Also, developing materials for e-learning (distance learning via the Internet) courses on basic subjects in this lecture series.
    2.3
    Dispatching instructors for basic training on books and services for children under the framework of the National Diet Library's Remote Training Program.
    2.4
    Holding a Forum for Cooperation on Children's Reading (tentative title) to provide interested parties with an opportunity to present case studies, exchange ideas, and communicate with each other.
    2.5
    Conducting basic surveys on the publishing of children's books and research studies into the promotion of reading activities.
  3. Implementation at the ILCL
    3.1
    Holding research practice program for teenagers, nursery rhyme and picture book readings, story hour for children, and fun with science programs for elementary school children.
    3.2
    Introducing lists of materials available in the Teens' Research Room, Children's Library, and Meet the World to serve as examples acquiring materials for children.
    3.3
    Providing content which encourages children to use the ILCL, including a kid's website, OPAC for kids, and digital exhibitions for junior high and high school students.
    3.4
    Continuing the book sets lending service to school libraries and introducing material selection procedures and usage examples.
  4. Providing information by using its materials, etc.
    4.1
    Adding subjects and summaries to bibliographies of children's literature provided through NDL-OPAC, etc. to improve the usefulness of the search function.
    4.2
    Continuing to provide various libraries with reference services on children's books, interlibrary loan services, and remote copying services.
    4.3
    Provide search guide on books and services for children, and introduce case studies through the Collaborative Reference Database System.
    4.4
    Promote and support children's reading activities via a permanent exhibition in the Researchers' Reading Room to provide domestic and foreign materials and information.
    4.5
    Holding exhibitions in the Museum and Gallery of Children's Literature, which will be completed in 2015, to provide children with opportunities to learn the pleasure of reading and become familiar with books, as well as small exhibitions in each reading room, and provide lists of exhibited materials.

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