Good evening, I would like to ask a question about cataloguing policy in Finnish public libraries. Is there any central cataloguing department that provides…

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7.4.2010

Good evening, I would like to ask a question about cataloguing policy in Finnish public libraries. Is there any central cataloguing department that provides cataloguing records, metadata, MARC records etc. for all public libraries in Finland OR every library does cataloguing by itself?

Which cataloguing rules and classification system are used in Finland?

Thank you so much.

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Answered
12.4.2010
Last updated
12.4.2010

All Finnish public libraries are responsible for their own cataloguing. There is an enterprise, BTJ, http://www.btj.fi/ , who sells materials for public libraries, also cataloguing records. Thus the main part of Finnish public libraries buy cataloguing records from BTJ and fill in information in these records at their own cataloguing departements. Centralized cataloguing for public libraries does'nt exist in Finland.

Finnish libraries use Finnish cataloguing rules, http://www.kansalliskirjasto.fi/kirjastoala/luettelointisaannot.html , which are based on the international cataloguing rules by IFLA http://www.ifla.org/en/cataloguing . The cataloguing rules are to be rewritten in near future on the basis of the changes in the international cataloguing rules.

Finnish public libraries use PLC = the Finnish Public Libraries Classification System, http://ykl.kirjastot.fi/en-GB/ . It has been developed from Dewey decimal classification. In Helsinki City Library there is an own classification system, http://hklj.kirjastot.fi/en-GB , which differs from the system other public libraries use.

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