1. About us
Japan Business Library Association (JBLA) is a non-profit organization, established in December 2000, seeking a way how public libraries can be involved in the local communities and becoming an agent to support local businesses. We believe public libraries are a key to make the country a better place for people to live.
We aim to promote all kinds of libraries’ commitment in local economy. We support our members’ professional development as a business librarian and facilitate networking among members.
JBLA provides opportunities, which include, but not limited to:
- Seminars to be a business librarian; basic and advanced courses on service planning, advocacy, reference tools, and others;
- Virtual and real forum for networking among members;
- Recognition for business information service efforts taken at various libraries in Japan; and,
- Mailshot where members can exchange information, thoughts, and inquiries.
JBLA currently has two working groups. Their accomplishments are also shared with the members regularly.
- Collection Building Group:
Developing a basic list of reference books, databases, books and journals which are “must-have”s when a library enhances business information services.
- Global Group:
Studying current situation about business libraries and its services in other countries.
The number of the public libraries which provide business information services
Membership (as of June 2016)
Individual members: 150 (from 85 libraries)
Organization members: 11
Support members: 2