|Dear Sir or Madam, I am a French librarian currently employed at the Public Library of Information. I am working on the organization of libraries as far as…
||In reference to your inquiry concerning the Helsinki city library and its organisation, I hope that the following provides sufficient answers to your questions.
- Who writes the site's contents? The librarians of each department?
Editor-in-chief writes most of the contents with the help of some other librarians.
- Who brings the site up to date, technically speaking? Is there a unique webmaster or do several employees act as webmasters?
The main webmaster from the Online Library Unit is in charge of the overall technical administration of the Helsinki City Library’s web site, but some libraries also have their own assisting webmasters.
- Is there an editorial committee which decides on the outline of the website?
Yes, we have an editorial…
|I reside in Russia.Do I have a possibility to use the funds of a Finnish research library using the Internet?
|Iam working on a thesis about Tove Jansson as a Swedish.finnish author. Do You know a library or archiv speziallised on her?
||There is no special library dedicated to Tove Jansson, but in Tampere You can study Tove Jansson's Moomin works in a special museum called The Tampere Art Museum - Moomin Valley. The Museum is situated in the Tampere main library and it has a collection of Tove Jansson drawings and miniature works. More info on page
The Exhibition even has a small database (in finnish) of the contents of Moomin books.
The Finnish Institute for Children's Literature -
Documentation and Information Centre for Finnish Children's Literature collects the works of finnish children's authors and also the studies and reference works. This Institute is also here in Tampere (http://www.tampere.fi/kirjasto/sni/sneinfo.…
|Where is Ja"rppila"?
||Järppilä is a manor in Taivassalo, which is situated near Turku in Finland.
Links in Finnish:
|Weather conditions in Helsinki in October.
||The main factor influencing Finland's climate is the country's geographical position between the 60th and 70th northern parallels in the Eurasian continent's coastal zone, which shows characteristics of both a maritime and a continental climate, depending on the direction of air flow. The mean temperature in Finland is several degrees (as much as 10°C in winter) higher than that of other areas in these latitudes, e.g. Siberia and south Greenland. The temperature is raised by the Baltic Sea, inland waters and, above all, by airflows from the Atlantic, which are warmed by the Gulf Stream.
For more information visit the website of the Finnish Meteorological Institute http://www.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi/en/index.html
On the site http://www.…
|Where can I find stories about Moomins in Finnish language? (on-line). Thank you.
||The Moomin books are not available on on-line. In case you live in Helsinki (or elsewhere in Finland) you can visit the nearest library and borrow those books. The first Moomin book is called "Muumit ja suuri tuhotulva" in Finnish (originally written in Swedish). You can check the library items of the Helsinki metropolitan area public libraries from the HelMet-catalogue: http://www.helmet.fi/screens/opacmenu.html
|Is there a library I can use in holidays (sundays)? I'm looking for library which keeps library (more exactly, study room: not wanting to chech out books) open…
||Helsinki City Libraries open on Sundays are:
Cable Book Library
Opening hours, contact information and location on map:
Cable Book Library is near Kamppi, but there isn't any study room.
Itäkeskus library has a study room (for 48 persons), but the library is in East-Helsinki.
Kallio (study room for 8 persons) and Töölö (study room for almost 100 persons) Libraries are both quite near Pasila so perhaps You'll find other or both of them suitable for Your purposes.
|Definition of Chat Reference Service?
||Chat service is online service. You can discuss in real time. And if we talk for example about library chat, you'll get the answer immediately without waiting as by email.
One chat definition :
"Chat service refers to online, interactive, remote transactions with patrons"
(see : http://www.contrib.andrew.cmu.edu/~matthewm/survey.html )
Information of chat services and products you can find here:
|Could you help me please to find internet address of the site of the Finnish library which has online reference service and their page looks like a red (or…
||The website You are looking for is probably this one: http://igs.kirjastot.fi/index3.html
The iGS or information Gas Station is Helsinki City Library's mobile information service station. On the pages, there is a WWW form for sending questions and an archive database about questions and answers.
|I am oversee student. I need some information about Finland such as location, political system and current political events in Finland.
||Finland is situated in northern Europe between the 60th and 70th parallels of latitude. A quarter of its total area lies north of the Arctic Circle. Finland's neighbouring countries are Sweden, Norway and Russia, which have land borders with Finland, and Estonia across the Gulf of Finland.
Finland is a rebublic. More information is to be found for example from the homepage of Parliament of Finland ( http://www.eduskunta.fi/ ).
In Virtual Finland ( http://virtual.finland.fi/ ) You'll find among others a short history about finnish parliamentarism ( http://virtual.finland.fi/finfo/english/components.html )
Current political event worth mentioning is the municipal election in October this year.
Here are some more links that You might find…
|I am looking for the latest statistics on the annual number of programmes the Helsinki City Library system organises for the public. I would be even more…
||Helsinki City Library has not kept statistics on different user-groups. The only division is between adults and children. The 2003 statistics tell very little about programs for public.
User instruction and instruction in information searches: 6489 events, 30235 participants,( consists of any interested, school classes, some groups of old people).
Events for children 486, participants 6414
- storytimes in Finnish, Swedish and some immigrant languages as Somali, plays, puppet shows
Events for adults: 176.
-lectures, author's visits
Other events: 122.
Booktalk for children:386 events, 9425 participants
-sometimes even for parents and old people in old people's homes and hospitals.
|If I wanted to look up ancestors that lived in Finland (Kuusamo area) and moved to the US, which library could I visit to do that?
||Here are some useful addresses and sources of information:
Institute of Migration in Finland (Siirtolaisuusinstituutti - Finland)
Address: Linnankatu 61, 20100 Turku, Finland
Phone: 02-2840 440
Fax: 02-2333 460
Regional Centre of Ostrobothnia
61100 Peräseinäjoki, Finland
Phone: 06-4181 275
Fax: 06-4181 279
Homepage http://www.migrationinstitute.fi/index_e.php Institute has a service called The Emigrant Register for genealogists and the descendants of Finnish emigrants.
The Genealogical Society of Finland (Suomen Sukututkimusseura)
Address: Liisankatu 16 A
Telephone +358-9-278 1188
Fax +358-9-278 1199
|How do i make a book reservation using the internet
||You can make book reservations (and other materials too) using our WebLibrary
-PIKI-verkkokirjasto in finnish http://kirjasto.tampere.fi:8000/
Just clik the flag icon on the left hand corner and You'll find the english version of our service.
(There is also a link to the service in our frontpage)
In order to make reservations You need a valid library card and and a password.
If you do not have a password or if you want to change your password, please contact the library staff.
You will get it from any of our libraries visiting them personally (passwords are not given by phone or email).
More information about our services in english
|Which is the most famous phrase referring to Karelia in the epic "Kalevala"?
||Kalevala, Finnish national epic, is a collection of Karelian folk poetry. Elias Lönnrot collected the runes from the Karelian people from different areas of Karelia: from White Sea Karelia (Viena), from North Karelia, from Ladoga Karelia.
The name of the epic, Kalevala, can be understood as a fictional land of the people of Kaleva.
Karelia as a place is mentioned in Kalevala in the following:
The translation of Kalevala of John Martin Crawford of the year 1888 is in the internet, the address is: http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/kveng/
There Karelia is in the form Karyala.
See also page: http://www.finlit.fi/kalevala/teksti/
|I have heard of a library conference that will be held in Finland on April 14-15, 2005. The theme is small libraries. Can you help me with some more…
||Helsinki City Library is going to organize an international seminar on topic
"Small is beautiful – networking makes us stronger". The seminar will be held in Helsinki. You may get more information during September. The contact person is Kristina Virtanen.
|I'd like to know political Karelianist's work which assert the establishment of Greater Finland by annexation of Eastern Karelia.
||Karelianism is mostly understood to mean the powerful artistic movement, which prevailed at the turn of the century. At that time one of its aims was to bolster the nascent independence movement in Finland, which was still under Tsarist Russia. Finland was a Russian Grand Duchy until Lenin granted Finland independence in 1917. The reasons for Finland’s territorial expansionism are many and varied.
Despite the bitter political and emotional scars that resulted from the fierce civil war between the reds and the whites in 1917-1918, Finland was able to unite in the face of the common enemy and fought the Soviet army during the so-called Winter War in 1939-1940. Although the odds were overwhelming against the Finnish army, it was able to…
|Dear Finland Librarian colleague, I would appreciate if the library could acquire the following books (1-2 copies each, where possible), as general…
||This service is only for questions related with information seeking.
|I am looking for the author or collection in which appears the Sami poem: "What the Months Say to Each Other". I found the poem "What the Months Say to Each…
||The book where you can find this poem is written by Valerie Stalder. Legends and folktales of Lappland. London/Oxford, Mowbrays, 1972 ISBN 0-264-64582-0
(6. What the months say to each other in Lappland, s. 29-32)
Hope this helps you. The tale about the months is written in many books in Sami language. The very first time it was published by J. K. Qvigstad in: Lappiske eventyr og sagn, 1929.
|Dear Librarian - How could I get a report on what the library borrowing trends of Helsinki City Library are in terms of genre/categories of books. Thank you…
||Finnish Public Library Statistics website contains statistical information about Finnish public libraries. You can choose any particular municipality, for example, Helsinki by clicking the “Municipality” alternative and then pressing the search button. You can then select a required municipality from the dropdown menu. The first web-address is for the Finnish Public Library Statistics homepage and the second one gives you all the key statistical figures for the Helsinki City Library in 2003.
|What is the size of the Helsinki Library in relation to other libraries in the world?
||There are different types of libraries such as school, research and public libraries. Different library types have different tasks, and therefore their operational figures vary. Also, there are many different ways in which to assess these operations, for example, the number of library items, number of registered customers, number of loans, number of visits etc. By and large, it is very difficult to find mutually compatible statistics because library activities vary from one library type to another. Since you did not specify which particulars you are interested in, hear are two websites which contain overall worldwide library statistics. These, however, do not cover individual libraries such as the Helsinki City Library.