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  • 1. 1/8 After the Tragedy – Voice from JAPAN CEAL Annual Meeting 2011 Plenary 2011-03-29(Tue): Hilton Hawaiian Village, South Pacific Ballroom I & II Makoto Okamoto (@arg) President / Producer Academic Resource Guide, Inc. 1 Copyright Academic Resource Guide, Inc. All Rights Reserved. arg.ne.jp [1/15]Hi, Im Makoto Okamoto from Japan.This is the third time for me to have the opportunity to speak inCEAL.First of all, I want to say thank you for giving me the time to talkabout real situation of Japan and libraries in Japan after thegreat earthquake and tsunami. 3 Points 1 •Damage and Recovery 2 •Power of “Social Media” 3 •Importance of “Cloud” 2 Copyright Academic Resource Guide, Inc. All Rights Reserved. arg.ne.jp [2/15] 1/8
  • 2. 2/8Because of the limited time, I will present just three points. 1. Damage and Recovery Ref. http://togetter.com/li/110567 3 Copyright Academic Resource Guide, Inc. All Rights Reserved. arg.ne.jp [3/15][Damage and Recovery]First of all, now were trying to survive this tragedy towardrestoration. Based on our survey, most public libraries andresearch libraries suffered serious damages. Books fell fromshelves and facilities were broken. But except for somedevastating cases, most libraries are now trying to rebuild theirservices. 2. Power of “Social Media” "Im alive" http://togetter.com/li/112317 4 Copyright Academic Resource Guide, Inc. All Rights Reserved. arg.ne.jp [4/15] 2/8
  • 3. 3/8[Power of “Social Media”]Second, we realized that social media like "Twitter" and"Facebook" are really useful and effective. Of course it works in alimited way when electricity and telecommunication are down.But this time, some of the victims could send their message like"Im alive".Moreover, Twitter is accelerating social cooperation among us. I’llshow you an example. 2. Power of “Social Media” Wiki since 3.12 http://www45.atwiki.jp/savelibrary/ 5 Copyright Academic Resource Guide, Inc. All Rights Reserved. arg.ne.jp [5/15]This is our Wiki for survey on damages to libraries in disasterareas. Now we are looking at how many libraries are damagedand how the damages are. Based on our survey, now Im trying tohelp the affected libraries by fundraising, book donation, sending 3/8
  • 4. 4/8volunteers, and other measures. This survey has been conductedon social stream by Twitter. Please see this example. 2. Power of “Social Media” Log of 3.12 http://togetter.com/li/110782 6 Copyright Academic Resource Guide, Inc. All Rights Reserved. arg.ne.jp [6/15]This is a log of March twelve, the very next day of the earthquakeand tsunami. Someone on social stream edited Wiki based ontweets made by someone else regarding damages of libraries.Through such communication, we can collect fragmentedinformation and aggregate it. 3. Importance of “Cloud” Log of http://twitter.com/hagi_no_suke Twitter http://twitter.com/Toriokikun http://twitter.com/LibKGC/ 7 Copyright Academic Resource Guide, Inc. All Rights Reserved. arg.ne.jp [7/15][Importance of “Cloud”] 4/8
  • 5. 5/8Third, I want to take this occasion to remind you thatcloud-computing is absolutely important and necessary for libraryservices. As I already mentioned, social media by third parties arereally helpful and useful because those social services have notbeen affected by disconnection and blackout. On the other hand,many websites of governmental agencies and universities,including libraries, in disaster areas are down because of they arenot in Cloud. As far as I know, their counterparts in countries likeU.S.A., U.K., and Korea generally have a positive attitude towardusing social media, but in Japan there was a kind of hesitation touse social media provided by private companies. However, thegreat disaster is changing the old customs. Now some researchlibraries began to use social media like Twitter for communicatingwith their users. These are some examples. These are tweets byTohoku University Library, Library of Koriyama WomensUniversity and Fukushima University Library. I think thesechallenges tell us that libraries can offer minimal services evenwhen the library buildings are closed, if we choose to use these 5/8
  • 6. 6/8tools. [8/15]I have to add one more thing. Please, Visit JAPAN. 1 [9/15]Now not only those who live in Japan, but also those who are notin Japan like most of you are scared of living in Japan or visitingJapan. 6/8
  • 7. 7/8 Please, Visit JAPAN. 10 [10/15]It is true that I cannot invite you with confidence and smile untilthe problem of the nuclear plant comes under control. Please, Visit JAPAN. 11 [11/15]But please visit us. Please visit Japan after the problem is settled. Please, Visit JAPAN. 12 [12/15] 7/8
  • 8. 8/8We can offer you more lessons from this tragedy. Please, Visit JAPAN. 13 [13/15]We always welcome you. Please, Visit JAPAN. 14 [14/15]Thank you. Thank You. Makoto Okamoto (@arg) President / Producer Academic Resource Guide, Inc. 15 Copyright Academic Resource Guide, Inc. All Rights Reserved. arg.ne.jp [15/15] 8/8