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

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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.