|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.
|I am an oversea student studying in Finland. May I obtain a library card by presenting passport?
||You can obtain a library card and borrowing rights by presenting a photo-enhanced ID-card such as:
I.D. card from EU countries
Finnish driver’s licence
Finnish SII card with photo
Helsinki reception centre’s resident card
Your home address must be in Finland. However, PO Box, PosteRestante as well as a long-term hotel address are also acceptable.
More information about the library card is to be found in http://www.lib.hel.fi/page.asp?_item_id=2316 or at the nearest library.
|I have references to books available in the "Kirjasto" library in Finland. Which library in Finland might this refer to ? Is the Kirjasto library catalog on…
||"Kirjasto" is library in finnish.
Is there any other information about the library in your reference list?
The Finnish Library Services on the web:
|What kind of reference source should I consult in order to find out whether there is a librarian character in a writer's novel, say Barbara Pym or someone else…
||In order to find fiction about a given theme, consult any library catalogue you wish. In most library catalogues nowadays, the titles have been provided with ample description about the contents of the work in question. This means that you can choose your keywords fairly freely. Only bear in mind that such searches can never give a 100% result, due to the fact that it is impossible to catalogue every single aspect of e.g. a novel.
So, choose any library catalogue. You do not tell why you are sending your question to the Finnish "Ask a librarian" service, but assuming that you are especially interested in Finnish sources, you have to use keywords in Finnish in your searches. Choose. e.g. the HelMet catalogue ( http://www.helmet.fi/screens/…
|I would like to get a list of schools in higher education that have their studies taught primarily in ENGLISH.
||Here are some links with information on institutes that give instruction in English and general information for foreigners who wish to study in Finland:
http://www.opintoluotsi.fi/link_directory/linkkihakemisto.asp?categoryi… , http://www.opintoluotsi.fi/english/ , http://lasipalatsi.fi/kompassi/english/education.htm , http://finland.cimo.fi/ , http://www.oph.fi/info/maahanmuuttajat/english/index.html .
|Could you help me finding a site to look up my family history in Karstula, Finland?
||You could try the site of the Finnish Genealogical Society at http://www.genealogia.fi/indexe.htm . You could also contact The Karstula Parish (usually the parish archives are the best source of information for genealogical studies), contact details at http://www.evl.fi/ (unfortunately only in Finnish). There is also the site of Karstula commune at http://www.karstula.fi/ (mostly in Finnish again). Hopefully these are of some help!
|Is it possible for me to find ancestor link for my mother, whose father's name is Kurt Nyland. My mother told me he was from Friesland, but I think the…
Your grandfather's family name "Nyland" refers in Finland to the most southern parish of Finland (in finnish Uusimaa, in swedish Nyland, in english New Land). As a family name it does not appear in the telephone catalog of Helsinki metropolitan area, wheras names Nylander ("one who lives in Nyland") and Nylund ("new grove") do. Thus it seems, the name Nyland is not the original form or it refers to the parish, where immigrants came from. If you would like to check the pages of "The Genealogical Society of Finland" you'll find them in web in address
http://www.genealogia.org/ where you can choose the english pages. Anyhow, if you would like to use finnish sources you'll end up to the fact that most documents are written in finnish or…
|We currently make inquiries on subscription fees in public libraries. Could you please send us, by mail, the registration and special fees for borrowing…
||In Finland registering for a public library card and borrowing materials from public libraries is free of charge. This is stated in the Library Act and Library Decree.
You can find more information about the Finnish library system here: http://www.minedu.fi/minedu/culture/library/public_libraries.html. Some of the information is also in French.
|Can you give me the geogrphical locations of the products like minerals, coal etc. in China?
||Here are some links to the geographical locations of China’s geology and mineral resources.
If you want or need more information about the subject, feel free to ask.
|I want to know the meaning and history of the Croatian girl name Vjosa
||I was consulting a native speaker and a person who is writing a dissertation on Christian names in Croatia and Bulgaria. They both said they never heard the name Vjosa and that it is not a traditional Slavic name. The one who is writing her dissertation was checking in her Christian name books (in Croatian, Slovenian, Bulgarian, Swedish, German and Finnish) and she didn´t find that name in any of those books.
In southern Albania there is a river by the name Vjosa. Names of places/rivers have been quite often used as female (usually) Christian names as well. Vjosa is probably used as female name among native Albanians. It is of course possible (if not very common) that an Albanian name has been given to a Croatian girl.
|Chinese history about money
||Some interesting links in Internet about the topic you asked. I hope that these will help you. Please, ask more, if you need more information.
The history of early chinese money:
Coins of Ancient China:
Ancient China to Modern Times:
|I want to know the meaning and history of the Finnish name Helinä.
||Helinä is a popular variation of Helena. It has the same origin as English Helen = Greek Helene, feminine of Helenos "the bright one, shining one".
Finnish writer Santeri Ivalo used Helinä in his historical novel "Juho Vesainen" 1894.
Helinä also means tinkle.
|I would like to have all the information about artist Teemu Mäki´s video art, about killing a cat and the controversy between him and a writer.
I’m sorry that we kept you waiting.
It’s impossible to give a very detailed description of the controversy, which is still widening. The dispute has got plenty of publicity in the media since the end of April.
The newspapers are available in the libraries, but to read them you have to know Finnish or have a translator. So I try to summarize a little bit.
“Sex and death : different forms of violence” by Teemu Mäki is a videofilm from 1988. It includes a section, where the artist kills a stray cat with several blows of an axe. Afterwards he masturbates on the dead body.
In an interview in Hufvudstadsbladet (2004, May, 17) Teemu Mäki says that “the video was a documentary on mindless, inexicable violence, ecological destruction and…
|Kindly let me have a list of books on the contemporary general history and anthropology of Finland, in English. Statistics also is most welcome: as to the…
||Here are a few books where you can find general information about Finland:
- Facts about Finland (several editions)
- Finland. A cultural guide, ed. Pirkko-Liisa Louhenjoki-Schulman – Kaius Hedenström. 2003 Keuruu. Landscapes of Finland. Heikkilä, Tapio- Timonen, Risto. Keuruu 2003. Finland.
- The Northern Experience, New Europe, and the Next Millennium. Helsinki 1999.
- De Vries, André, Live and work in Scandinavia: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Oxford 2002.
There are also a few interesting Internet-sites available http://www.finland.fi/ and http://www.virtualfinland.fi/ .
Statistics Finland publishes Cultural Statistics yearbook. The newest version is from 2001. Please look at the following link: http://tilastokeskus.fi/tk…
|What is the maximum number of loans that can be made online, I stuck at 20.
||You are not allowed to have more than 20 reservations at a time.
For more information on using the library and user regulations:
|What is the maximum number of materials that can be borrowed via internet?
||You may have no more than 40 items on loan at the same time. Of these, 20 can be CD's, 5 video cassettes, 5 DVDs and 5 CD ROMs.
You can renew a loan 5 times(also via Internet) if the material has not been reserved by somebody else.
|I would like to ask if there is a difference between finnish polytechnics and vocational schools.
||Different types of vocational training can be attended after completing the basic education (comprehensive school) whereas the polytechnic schools belong to the upper secondary education options which are attended after the higher school. There is a good diagram about the finnish school system at the following address:
You can read more about the finnish education system in English at various Internet sites. Use Google and the search terms “finnish school system” or “finnish education system”.
|I am looking for biographical information on Gustaf Nybom, a Finnish sea captain, born in Oulu, who became a head of the Alaska Commercial Company in the late…
I could find this information about Gustaf Ferdinand Nybom (Niebaum).
I am sorry, but he was not born in Oulu but in Helsinki on August 30th 1842.
The source of information is NIEBAUM-COPPOLA WINEYARD HOMEPAGE and the adress
I could find another article on the Internet and the adress is:
There is one publication about Niebaum-Coppola Winery.
The title of the book is "A SENCE OF PLACE : AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT OF THE NIEBAUM-COPPOLA WINERY AND THE NAPA VALLEY" by Steven Koplan and Francis Ford Coppola. Routhledge, 1999. ISBN 0415920043.
I hope, this information makes it possible for you to continue your work…
|Could you provide me with statistics for the number of enquiries handled by the Helsinki Public Library for the years 2001, 2002, 2003?
||Statistics for the number of enquiries handled by the Helsinki City Library for the years 2001, 2002, 2003:
2001: 1 164 629 (3666)
2002: 1 054 046 (5329)
2003: 748 601 (9618)
Parenthetic figures indicate the number of enquiries handled via the Internet.