Library and Information Science

Library and Information Science ISSN: 2435-8495
三田図書館・情報学会 Mita Society for Library and Information Science
〒108‒8345 東京都港区三田2‒15‒45 慶應義塾大学文学部図書館・情報学専攻内 c/o Keio University, 2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan
Library and Information Science 73: 1-32 (2015)

原著論文Original Article

東京市立図書館の統一的運営1915年–1919年Unified operation of Tokyo Municipal Libraries: 1915–1919

文化学園大学Bunka Gakuen University ◇ 〒151-8523 東京都渋谷区代々木三丁目22番1号 ◇ Yoyogi 3-22-1, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-8523, Japan

受付日:2014年6月13日Received: June 13, 2014
受理日:2015年3月3日Accepted: March 3, 2015
発行日:2015年6月20日Published: June 20, 2015




Purpose: In 1915, an organizational reform was implemented in Tokyo City Libraries to unify library operations. This study examines the policies of the Tokyo city government regarding the unification, what kinds of services were available, and how the library business changed. The paper identifies and reevaluates the background of the reform, and how it contributed to improving the services and library business.

Methods: Magazines, newspapers, government documents, and library bulletins from 1915 to 1919 were examined.

Results: The organizational reform of the libraries coincided with a critical time for the political and administrative transformation of Tokyo City. Initiated by an internal political change in the Tokyo City Council in 1914, the Council conducted an audit called“ Inspection on the educational administration”. After the audit, the libraries were required to reduce costs and improve the efficiency of their operations. Accordingly, the libraries undertook organizational reforms to unify operations to comply with the tight fiscal policy of the city, while also improving library services. The reforms not only reduced the cost of library operations in Tokyo City, but also led to new services under a new library system, and provided a convenient, accessible library service for residents.

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