National Library of Australia to Cut Asia-Related Resources
In late 2019, The National Library of Australia (NLA) announced its intention to close its Asian Reading Rooms and discontinue collecting Asian material (with the exception of material from Indonesia, China and the Pacific Islands). Many Japan-related resources will be affected. More information is available via this Canberra Times article.
In line with this development, the NLA has been reviewing its subscriptions and has decided to cancel numerous services.
Which services will be cut?
20 electronic subscriptions will be cancelled, including:
- Asia Studies Full-Text Online
- Asian & European Business Collection
- JapanKnowledge Library
- Kikuzo II (菊蔵II; Asahi Shimbun database)
- Yomidasu rekishikan (ヨミダス歴史館; Yomiuri online database)
- Zasshi kiji sakuin shūsei dētabēsu (雑誌記事索引集成データベース; Japanese periodicals index)
523 print subscriptions will be cancelled, including 135 Japan-related titles such as:
- Aera (アエラ; business and current affairs magazine)
- Kinema Junpō (キネマ旬報; film magazine)
- Monumenta Nipponica
- Nihon Keizai Shimbun (日本経済新聞; business & finance newspaper)
See the full list of cancelled print subscriptions. Note that electronic subscriptions to some titles may still be available.
The Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) has released a statement in response to this news and is in the process of establishing a working party. Please see the ASAA Statement on National Library of Australia for details on how to become involved.
The Japan Foundation, Sydney understands that these changes will affect Japan-related researchers in Australia and aims to keep scholars informed about developments. Subscribe to our J-Studies newsletter for updates.
Japan’s National Diet Library has recently introduced a free subscription service which allows access to its digital archive via registered overseas institutions.
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