Michiko Ito

Japanese Studies Librarian
Primary office:
Watson Library

  • Direct the operation of approx. 81,700 volume of Japanese language collection at University of Kansas Libraries
  • Serve as the bibliographer for Japanese studies, in particular, humanities and social science
  • Provide reference service for Japanese studies related questions and consult research strategy with library patrons
  • Offer bibliographic instruction to classes and individual
  • Direct the operation of online cataloging for Japanese language materials, including monographs, serials, and visual materials
  • Collaborate with other units to develop programs to promote Japanese Studies on campus and beyond
  • Collaborate with other Japanese studies librarians in North America to develop collaborative collection development on Japanese studies resources


Library database and bibliographic instruction; advanced Japanese language


Resource Sharing among academic libraries in North America. I am also interested in Japanese visual/popular culture


MLIS, University of Hawaii, 1998; MA, History at the University of Hawaii, 1996; BA, History at Tokyo Metropolitan University, 1988


Associate Librarian

Selected Publications

「米国大学図書館におけるILL活動の発達と現状(The Development and Current Conditions of Interlibrary Loan in the United States Academic Libraries)」情報の科学と技術 (The Journal of Information Science and Technology Association) 61, no. 10 (Oct. 2011): 401-409.

“The Japanese Institute of Pacific Relations and the Kellogg-Briand Pact: the Activities and Limitations of Private Diplomacy,” in Hawai’I at the Crossroads of the U.S. and Japan before the Pacific War, ed., Jon Davidann, 68-95. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2008.

「民間外交、その活動と限界性―太平洋問題調査会(The Institute of Pacific Relations)と不戦条約問題を事例として―」渋沢研究, 17 (Oct. 2004): 3-27.

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