Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Grant Funding Available for Library Acquisitions of Japanese Studies Material

Dear Japanese Studies Researchers and Librarians,

The North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Materials (NCC), through the generous support of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the Japan Publications Trading Co. (JPT), annually makes available substantial funding for library acquisition of multi-volume sets (including microforms, sets of back issues of journals etc.) of Japanese studies materials, published two or more years ago, with limited holdings in academic institutions in the USA.
  • 75% of the purchase price is available for such sets not held in full and circulated through interlibrary loan by any US academic institution
  • 50% of the purchase price is available for such sets held in full and circulated through ILL by no more than one US academic institution
Applicants need merely cover the remaining costs (including shipping), catalog materials in a timely fashion, and offer them for interlibrary loan to other North American users.

In addition, smaller institutions (with acquisitions budgets of less than $10,000 annually for Japanese materials) are eligible to apply for up to 80% support for any multi-volume set costing 100,000 yen or more, regardless of the number of US holdings.

For more information, please visit the MVS Grant pages on the NCC website:

We are fast-approaching the pre-screening deadline of November 1, and based on the current number of applicants, should be able to fund many more proposals. The pre-screening application is extremely simple, requiring nothing more than basic identifying information regarding the applicant and the resource(s) for which you wish to apply. Multiple applications from a single institution are welcome. The final application will not be due until January 9, 2015.

The pre-screening application is available as a downloadable link from this page:

For larger institutions (annual Japanese studies collecting budgets of $10,000 or more), you may wish to consult the following list for samples of applicable materials (not all, but many of these titles are still eligible for grant application; check USA holdings through

In addition, NCC’s Cooperative Collection Development Working Group is urging librarians to consider acquiring back files (monthly/annual reprints or discs) of select local Japanese newspapers not held in the USA. Some of these are eligible for MVS Grant applications and the MVS Grant Committee supports applications for them. Please see the list of some eligible titles below.

Have questions? Need help? I am at your service. As the recipient of four previous NCC MVS grants, I can testify: this is too great an opportunity for you to ignore!

Dan McKee
2015 NCC MVS Grant Committee Co-Chair
(607) 255-4737

Some local newspaper back files eligible for MVS include:

茨城新聞 2008年版~2013年版(計120,000円)。
下野新聞 2012年1月号~2014年6月号(計126,000円)。
北国新聞 2000年6月号~2014年5月号(計756,000円)。
中日新聞 2011年5月号~2014年6月号(計209,912円)。
福井新聞 1997年3月号~2011年3月号 (計724,165円)
DVD版 2011年4月号~2014年7月号 (計120,000円)
山梨日日新聞 2007年1月号~2014年6月号 (計253,440円)
中部経済新聞 2009年7月号~2014年3月号 (計162,849円)

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