Reflection on Course 2 Final Project (Five Laws of Nonprint and Multimedia Resources)

Here is my final project.


Since we knew we were moving to our new library in a month, we have weeded so many books since the last school year to get ready for this year’s big movement. As we don’t want to bring over any library resources, which are no longer suitable to our updated collections, to our new library, the evaluation of our resources were one of our big assignments before the moving day. One of our collections; non fiction area is mainly utilized by teachers for their classroom use. Not many students and parents do check out non fiction resources.


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Certainly picture books and chapter fictions are popular categories. However once IPC topics are studied within their classes, some of students start showing their interest in non fiction books relating to the topic and so do parents although that category is still not as popular as that of fiction books.

One day I saw students come to our library to do some research about samurai.

Hijikata Toshizo

Attribution: By algrennathan Philip De Sesto. Image: Hijikata Toshizo as the vice-commander of the Shinsengumi.

Although we have physical book collections for Japanese culture in English, there are not enough collections for them to find out the specific particular topic about Japanese culture. What we have in physical formats are books covering the general topic of Japanese culture. In this case, what we could do is to guide them to look for the most updated, specifically data found through the internet. Hence I encouraged them to refer such information to the online resources via search engine tools, which we have been subscribing since I assume that they provide us the most recent or the most updated information, which electrical publishers monitor.

Not only Japanese culture topic but also other non fictional topics, about which they want to find out I recommend that students should go online since those information could be very transformative especially if they want to find out the statistics or any other scientific facts/data.

Non-print materials or multimedia resources

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This is the part of reasons why we weeded so many out of dated non fiction books this/last school years before we move to our new library.

After the clearance, I can see now that we only have the limited or minimum collections of that category. We try to keep books, whose information could be sustainable enough to stay. However this area will be a big challenging area for especially the 21st century since nowadays we have and rely on so much on/off line non-print and multimedia information. They certainly do on-line research more than ever since all in-print published physical non-fiction books could be less reliable resources than electrical materials in terms of ‘on live’ format due to the constant variable scientific information in this world, and I have realized we do not have any specific guidelines for those non-print and multimedia resources.

Simple is the Best.

In fact, I wanted to join in ISSH group of COETAILers, whose project was about creating the publication policy for our school. However I missed the very important meeting, where most of the content had been done. That meeting was something you could not have missed if you had wanted to be a part of it. Although I gave up joining in the team, Gary and Mitch showed me kindly what they had done so far for their project.

Soon after I looked at the draft, I loved the way they had done it. The guidelines created in their publication policy looked simple enough for students to understand and apply to their hyper-online lives. The simple is the best, yet I know that to make it simple is the most difficult thing. What I came up to my mind was ‘five laws of library science’ by S. R. Ranganathan in 1931. These laws have been appealing and attracting to me since I took the qualification of a librarian, and they are dynamic enough to be adaptable to this digital information society too.

What I did was Remix.

The course 2 was all about learning the relation of intellectual property and its effect/cause on the society. In particular the copyright and the fair use were the issues of this course2 theme. We had the workshop last Saturday, and Madeline in our table mentioned her very interesting comment on the copy right issue.

‘From right from the start, our constitutional laws in all kinds of nations have been more or less influenced by each other…This is a kind of remix.’

Her mention also reminds me of my insight into Japan, which has been influenced by so many countries such as China, European countries and USA.

The original: Magna Carta

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The big turning point, to which our Japanese society now could attribute was the shift from Edo period to Meiji era, and our constitution has been influenced by the legal policies of German, French and American societies since Meiji. It was certainly around that time Japan had started realizing its modernism. I created ISSH Library Media Center’s Policies for Dealing with On/Offline Nonprint and Multimedia Materials (For Faculties) thanks to so many already existing policies/guidelines/laws, which were good examples to instruct or guide me to create another policy.

Since our library media center’s policy needs to be adhered to our school policy, I collaborated ‘five laws of library science’ with the policy for dealing with on/offline nonprint and multimedia materials, which I referred to guidelines by NCTE(National Council of Teachers of English). The mixture of five laws of library science and guidelines by NCTE were then integrated with our school goals(,in particular, Goal Two). I revised, ‘remixed’ and (re)created policy, which was categorized into elements of our school goals(Goal Two). In this way our library media center’s policy can always go back and forth to our school goals.

Confronting Challenging Missions

I have created this for our library media center getting ready for more expected incoming multimedia resources for the coming age, yet at the same time I have realized that implementing NO.5 guideline is challenging as to how effectively or efficiently they could be monitored and reassessed. I hope that ‘five laws of ‘nonprint and multimedia resources’(replaced by ‘five laws of library science’) could be dynamic enough to cover all presumed aspects of media and communication in the 21st century.

6 thoughts on “Reflection on Course 2 Final Project (Five Laws of Nonprint and Multimedia Resources)

  1. I am impressed that you completed the library media center’s policy, which follows the school goal, in a short period. I agree with you that we need to revise and update our school policies such as the publication policy and the policy you worked on. Are you thinking to build guidelines for students based on this Five Core Guidelines? We would love to have the Five Core Guidelines for Students too. Good job, Chie!

    • Hosoi-sensei, thank you so much for your another approach on this, and I agree with you that we would have to have those guidelines for students too. Eventually the triangle of students, parents and staff/faculties could be ideally created.

  2. I particularly like the use of “celebrates” and “intellectual freedom” in the description for no. 1 (under 3. “Five Core Guidelines”…) of your Library Media Center’s Policy. Your blog post really reflects your passion for, and celebration of, the variety of resources a library can offer. Your focus on offering your school community equal access to the full range of reading materials reminds me of the Internet Archive, which also seeks to enable a wide variety of people access to its resources.

    Internet Archive: link to
    It’s aims: link to

    • Oh Madeline, you are on top of it! Thank you so much for your review on this, and your reminder: Internet Archive, which could give us a clue to follow one of five core guidelines. Such practical implementation is the next step forward thing, which I would have to find, examine and try out in various ways.

  3. Great job Chie! I love the way you’ve woven together all of the big ideas from Course 2 to create something useful and effective for your library! I really enjoyed reading the history of how you developed this project, it helps me understand why you’ve created what you’ve created. This is the kind of post that helps your readers understand your perspective because it is so personal and easy to understand. Well done!

  4. Well done on transitioning the move to a new library. This is a huge task! I appreciate your reflection and usage of the 5 Laws. Currently, our library is undergoing a serious overhaul. We are removing old text materials (fiction and non-fiction) and replacing with new book orders. In addition, all VCR movies are finding new homes as we try to move everything to digital form. For weeks, we have been scouring the shelves and piling up books. For a pack rat like me, this is not an easy task. I am a saver and still find myself thinking, “Someday, someone might want to read this…” But the reality is we must on, sometimes move out for change and progress. Again, well done on your process.

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