Mission / Vision / Mid-Range Plan

Mission of the Media Centers

The Media Centers will uphold the following missions to contribute to society and academia both within and without Japan based on the founding spirit of Yukichi Fukuzawa, who established Keio University.

  1. Support the learning, education, research, and medical activities of Keio University through the collection, organization, preservation, and provision of academic information.
  2. Support the dissemination of the outcomes of academic activities at Keio University.
  3. Impart academic information to future generations as a bearer of academia and culture.

Visions for the Media Centers

  1. Provide an environment where valuable materials from around the world are easily accessible.
  2. Provide basic infrastructure adaptable to changes in learning and research activities.
  3. Support the autonomous and independent learning of students.
  4. Support rapidly diversifying research activities.

2016-2020 Mid-Range Plan for Media Centers

The Media Centers aim to realize the visions stated here through the actualization and execution of business plans in accordance with the principles in the following three areas, while being constantly aware of the need to secure appropriate storage space, facilities for use, and financial resources. A crucial issue for further consolidating the implementation of individual plans is the selection of a suitable library information system. At the same time, to maximize the effectiveness of measures, we must focus efforts on maintaining an efficient operating system that accounts for continuous HR development, appropriate personnel distribution, lean organizational structuring, and business collaborations within and without the university. Training our sights on the international expansion of Keio University, we strive to be a library befitting a world-leading center of education.

Area 1 Book Collections

  1. Aim for the optimal arrangement of materials and composition of collections by evaluating the existing book collections in addition to accumulating materials on appropriate media, while maintaining a constant grasp of user trends and changes in the distribution of academic information.
  2. Carefully proceed to acquire licenses for electronic resources upon obtaining internal consent to secure the development and maintenance of an environment that supports research and medical activities.
  3. Aim for collaborations both within the university and with external institutions regarding coordinated acquisitions and joint storage.
  4. Proceed to develop, enrich, and publicly release the distinctive collections that are held at Keio University.
  5. Enhance the dissemination of information and expand the installations of institutional repositories for academic outcomes at Keio University.

Area 2 Education Support

  • Provide an optimal user environment through the collection and storage of materials to support education and learning that fosters the ability to think through and resolve problems by oneself.
  • Enhance human support so users can acquire the knowledge and techniques to search efficiently and effectively for information from a rich diversity of materials, and to appropriately utilize them.
  • Strive to enhance book collections, facilities, and human support adaptable to changes in educational content and pedagogical approaches in consideration of the diversity of learners, including international students, lifelong learners, and students with disabilities.
  • Maintain a library environment that is safe and secure and adaptable to the diversity of learning styles.

Area 3 Research Support

  • Provide an optimal user environment through the collection and storage of materials required for outstanding research and medical activities.
  • Support the dissemination of research outcomes and enhance collaboration with related persons inside and outside the university to advance the availability of these research accomplishments.
  • Provide information to relevant departments in light of global research trends and the research situation at Keio University. Furthermore, investigate and verify the latest trends in technology which can be effectively utilized in research activities, and provide those technologies as library services

2016-2020 Mid-Range Plan for Media Centers: 2016-2018 Progress Report

As the environment within which the library is situated continues to change, we decided to review the progress status of the mid-range plan having now passed the midway point, with the aim of further promoting the plan. This plan is a general statement of matters common to all of the Media Centers. Since detailed plans of action are determined by each Media Center separately, this report is only a summary.
There are three activities closely related to the implementation of the mid-range plan from the past three years that are worthy of mention. Firstly, in order to relieve the increasing lack of shelving space for books, materials were selected and moved to Yamanaka Book Depository Building No. 2, which began operating in April 2016. Next, the "LibQUAL+(R)" survey to evaluate the quality of library services was conducted in November 2017. Finally, a memorandum of understanding was concluded with Waseda University Library in May 2017 regarding the enhancement of cooperation through a jointly used system, and preparations were made toward commencing operation of this new library system in September 2019.
Despite limited financial resources, we could receive an evaluation of generally meeting the expectations of library users for collections and services in the LibQUAL+(R) survey. Below are reports for each area.

Area 1 Book Collections

  • Books and magazines are optimally arranged in the limited space available by securing places to allocate library materials while carefully proceeding with the removal of works in accordance with the policy of each Media Center and the removal of duplicate documents in the repositories.
  • For electronic books, a new system was introduced that allows users to make purchase requests from the search results of KOSMOS.
  • Continuing efforts are being made to address the rising cost of electronic journals such as the trial of inter-campus budget contributions within the Media Centers; acquisition of budgets other than for ordinary expenses; and the establishment of the "Academic Content Provision Liaison Committee," which is attended by the responsible vice-presidents, with the aim of forming a consensus at the university.
  • Preparing inventory data for the new library system to allow users to simultaneously search the collections at both Keio and Waseda University.

Area 2 Education Support

  • Initiatives such as orientations catered to the characteristics of campuses, class support utilizing rare materials, and peer support from undergraduate and graduate students are devised and developed at each campus.
  • Undertaking environmental improvements and the renovation of library premises in reference to the user requests made apparent in the LibQUAL+(R) survey.

Area 3 Research Support

  • Promoting the publication and increased availability of research outputs at the university on the KOARA (Institutional Repository).
  • Successive publication of special collections held at the Media Centers as IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework) images on "Digital Collections of Keio University Libraries."

The stable operation of the new library system about to start that is jointly run with Waseda University is a priority issue. Aim to reduce costs and improve operational efficiency, as well as further enhance services through revisions to the rules for borrowing library materials which are easily understandable to users, etc., with the introduction of the new system. Regarding the problem of the rising cost of electronic journals, it is necessary to examine new measures including the discontinuation of package contracts while taking into account the need to maintain the current standards of the user environment.