Takako Nagumo, MLIS

Associate Information Officer
United Nations
1 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
(917) 367-5007
nagumo@un.org (professional correspondence only)

Work Experience

United Nations
Multimedia Resources Unit, News and Media Division, Department of Public Information
Associate Information Officer, Promotion and Distribution, UN Radio
January 2004 to present
Promote UN Radio programmes to worldwide radio stations and networks by: conducting research on radio stations, networks and related organizations worldwide and identifying potential partnerships with industry organizations as well as potential cooperation with other UN offices; developing promotional materials; serving as focal point for promotional activities of UN Radio producers; incorporating appropriate new technologies to develop new ways of promoting UN Radio. Maintains and develops relations with clients receiving UN Radio programmes and monitors the programme distribution system, especially by FTP and World Wide Web by: conducting periodic surveys on usage of UN Radio programmes and services; serving as focal point in the development of a UN Radio client database; exploring and suggesting new ideas on distribution using new technologies (i.e., RSS feeds, podcasting, streaming audio); addressing clients' technical issues. Assists and acts as deputy to Promotion and Distribution Manager by: drafting and editing communications such as letters, notes, and proposals; liaising with the team's General Service staff and interns as required; providing assistance in promotional activities for television, video etc. as required; supervising the team and its activities in the absence of the Promotion and Distribution Manager.
United Nations
Dag Hammarskjöld Library
Associate Librarian, UN/Specialized Agencies Collection Reference Desk
May 2002 to December 2003
Conducted reference interviews at the reference desk, by phone and electronic mail.  Responded to reference queries from staff affiliated with the Permanent Missions to the United Nations and the United Nations Secretariat staff regarding United Nations and specialized agencies documents.  Worked on special projects such as research into UN system libraries, and participating in the maintenance of internal databases.
United Nations
United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET)
Librarian, Office of the Principal Legal Advisor to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Transitional Administrator
October 2001 to March 2002
Provided legal and other research for the Principal Legal Advisor and his staff as well as those from other departments in the mission. Maintained the UNTAET Regulations, Directives and Executive Orders databases on the mission intranet via Lotus Notes. Oversaw publication of the Official Gazette of East Timor. Maintained a small collection that included legal reference books, internal files, UNTAET legislation and Indonesian legislation in Bahasa Indonesia and English. Coordinated translation by the OPLA translators of UNTAET legislation from English into Bahasa Indonesia and Portuguese.
United Nations
Dag Hammarskjöld Library
Associate Librarian, External Collection Reference Desk
September 1999 to October 2001; April 2002
Conducted reference interviews at the reference desk, by phone, electronic mail.  Responded to reference queries from staff affiliated with the Permanent Missions to the United Nations and the United Nations Secretariat staff regarding United Nations documents as well as those regarding materials in the External Collection.  Worked on special projects such as maintaining selected pages in "Cyberlinks," a collection of web sites relevant to the work of the Organization, and teaching "Cyberseek," an introductory course for the Internet.
University of Kentucky
William T. Young Library
Reference Librarian (part time)
September 1998 to May 1999
Conducted reference interviews at the reference desk, by phone, electronic mail.  Planned with course instructor and conducted course-specific instruction.  Participated in meetings of the Information Services Team.
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Owen Library
Electronic Media/Bibliographic Instruction Librarian
October 1995 to July 1998
Coordinated various aspects of the Library's bibliographic instruction program, including scheduling and advising other librarians on session content. Planned with course instructor and conducts course-specific instruction sessions, as well as general library tours. Conducted reference interviews at the reference desk, by phone, electronic mail, and by appointment. Maintained the Library's World Wide Web page, as well as 'Academic Resources on the Internet,' a listing of Web sites relevant to the academic programs at the University. Participated in collection development decisions and other administrative matters. Represented the Library in various campus and University-wide committees.
University of California, Los Angeles
College Library
Reference Desk Assistant/Bibliographic Instruction Intern
September 1994 to September 1995
Served diverse population by conducting reference interviews based on the neutral questioning method and using a range of general and specialized reference sources (both print and electronic) in the University's main undergraduate library. Planned, taught and evaluated bibliographic instruction programs, focusing on research skills, library skills, and the use of online systems. Participated in special projects, such as the redesign and maintenance of the Library's Bibliographic Instruction Depository Database, and the development of a for-credit information literacy course.
University of California, Los Angeles
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Teaching Assistant, Elementary Modern Japanese
Teaching Assistant, Summer Intensive Elementary Modern Japanese
September 1993 to August 1994
Taught drill sections in the first-year Japanese program under the supervision of professor. Worked with the professor and the teaching staff in creating lesson plans, language laboratory exercises, quizzes, and examinations. Evaluated student work.
Nippon Television/Nippon News Network
Los Angeles News Bureau
News Coordinator
April 1993 to September 1993
Conducted research on current and breaking news stories for the news correspondent at the Los Angeles Bureau of Nippon Television, a major Japanese network. Arranged interviews and coordinated activities of correspondent and technical crew en route to/from and at news sites. Transcribed and translated videotaped interviews and other footage. Served as liaison between Nippon Television and NBC/KNBC, and facilitated resource-sharing between the different news organizations.


University of Kentucky
College of Communications and Information Studies
PhD Coursework
Past Coursework: Paradigmatic Issues in Communication Theory, Communications Theory, Qualitative Research Methods, Proseminar in Interpersonal Communication, Proseminar in Mass Communication Theory, Communication Research Methods, Statistics, Instructional Communication.

University of California, Los Angeles
Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
MLIS June 1995

Coursework: Information and Society, Information Structures, Storytelling, Management Theory and Practice for Information Professionals, Information Access, Research Methodology, Design of Library and Information Services, General Reference Work, Social Aspects of Information-Oriented Society, Literature of the Humanities and Fine Arts, Information Seeking Behavior, Descriptive Cataloging, Academic Libraries, Human-Computer Interaction, Online Searching.

Activities: Member, Student Chapter, American Library Association. Member, UCLA Shakespeare Reading and Performance Group.

University of California, Los Angeles
BA English June 1991

Course work: English Literature, Dramatic Literature, Spanish and French Languages, British History, Playwriting, Acting.

Activities: KLA Radio (campus radio station).  Participant, University of California Education Abroad Program at the University of Sussex, England.

College, Campus, and University Committees

University of Kentucky

University of Pittsburgh

Professional Organizations

American Library Association
Special Libraries Association

Presentations and Publications

Nagumo, T. (1995). "Behavioral Reasons for Censorship." Presented at the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies Third Annual Student Research Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

Nagumo, T. (1998). "Indexes and Abstracts."  In Marilyn P. Whitmore, Ph. D. (Ed.),  Instruction and Training for Enhanced Reference Service (pp. 125-141).  Pittsburgh, PA: Library Instruction Publications.

Nagumo, T. (1999)  "Cognitive Complexity, Impression Formation, and Communicative Behavior."  Presented at the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information Studies Third Annual Student Symposium, April 17, 1999, Lexington, KY.

Other Experience

Online Searching
Dialog, Datastar, Lexis-Nexis, STN, EPIC, Wilsonline, SilverPlatter (Windows and WWW versions), OVID, RLIN, ORION (UCLA's information system), MELVYL (University of California's information system), PITTCAT (University of Pittsburgh's information system), NOTIS (University of Kentucky) UNBIS (United Nations Bibliographic Information System), Horizon integrated library system.

Familiarity with Macintosh, DOS, Windows, and UNIX.

Familiarity with several electronic communication interfaces, in addition to Gopher, Telnet, FTP, and the World Wide Web. Working knowledge of Hypertext Markup Language (HTML).

Foreign Languages
Complete fluency (oral and written) in Japanese. Intermediate fluency (oral and written) in Spanish and French.

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Last updated 14 September 2006