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Organisation and Functions of the NDL (1978)

Further organisational reforms were again implemented in 1978. Specifically, a serials department was introduced, and it primarily handled materials such as journals and newspapers (see Fig. 4.14). This shows the increased diversity of the organisation, as it began to conduct multiple duties pertaining to a single form of materials. Within this organisational reform, the acquisitions department and technical services department, which had been two separate departments, were integrated into a single department called the acquisitions and technical services department. The objective of the reorganisation was to streamline work while maintaining quality by avoiding making acquisitions and technical work redundant. In other words, it included a series of reform measures that were oriented toward improving productivity, such as eliminating the numerous transfers of duties among separate departments organised by function, and establishing the serials department, which separated materials based on their medium. Consequently, the reforms of 1978 were conducted with a focus on types of materials as a central concern.

Indirect operations, on the other hand, still consisted of an administrative department and liaison department, just as before. Under the control of the administrative department, however, there was a significant change made in the organisation, and the electronic computing section and automation section were established within this reform. The duties of the electronic computing section were divided into providing electronic computing system design, operation management and data management, and the promotion of the electronic computing system in the library. Automation up to 1978 primarily consisted of system development for automatic compilation of catalogues and bibliographies. The duties of the automation section consisted of the planning and adjustment of automated library systems, with the aim of making work more efficient. Thus, it is evident that the administrative department played a key role in promoting and enhancing work efficiency by using available systems.

 
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