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Overview : Shonan Fujisawa (SFC) Media Center and Library of Nursing and Medical Care

The Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC) of Keio University was established around five concepts:

  • an emphasis on people and the environment
  • an emphasis on information and information processing
  • the need to integrate disciplines
  • the cultivation of an international outlook
  • the cultivation of creative abilities

By providing information resources as well as tools for creating and disseminating information, the Shonan Fujisawa (SFC) Media Center and the Library of Nursing and Medical Care support the research and educational activities of the Faculty of Policy Management, Faculty of Environmental Information, and Faculty of Nursing and Medical Care in accordance with these five concepts.

The Media Center functions as a traditional library with some 300,000 volumes. While focusing on natural science, social science, information science, and language studies, the collection offers a broad variety of materials that reflect a practical, interdisciplinary emphasis in keeping with the SFC motto of “self-reliance in identifying and solving problems.” The Media Center has also moved aggressively into the digital age, offering access to online databases, electronic journals, and digitized graduate theses. A campuswide LAN ensures that all SFC students have access to these and other digital resources.

As a provider of tools for information creation and dissemination, the Media Center offers facilities for data analysis and processing, audio-visual dubbing and editing, DVD production and so on. It also has studios where students can do sound and video recording as well as create computer graphics using state-of-the-art equipment.

In addition to its circulation and reference counters, the Media Center has three counters providing guidance in multimedia, campus network, and database use. Thus the Media Center seeks to offer students and researchers a single, “one-stop” location that answers all their information needs. The Media Center is also expanding its “zero-stop” services by offering document reproduction, facility reservation and other services via its Website.