|What is the target group (customers, audience) for this Ask a Librarian Service?
||This service is meant for everyone. Since we are finnish and operating in three languages, of which the two are the official languages In Finland, Finnish and Swedish, most users are finns (both Finnish speaking and Swedish speaking). We want to help also persons from abroad who have questions concerning Finland. Our questioners fit all descriptions: adults with professional or “practical” information needs, students, schoolchildren and senior citizens.
|How many editions of Henryk Sienkiewicz "Quo Vadis?" were published in Finland?
||The latest finnish edition of Quo Vadis (1990) is 12th.(Source: The National Bibliography of Finland)
|I would like to know how many libraries are in Finland: public libraries, university libraries, school libraries and government libraries. Thank you
||In 2002 there were 1178 public libraries in Finland of which 431 were main libraries, 463 branch libraries, 92 hospital libraries and 192 mobile libraries.
According to the "Guide to the Scientific Libraries in Finland" there are 846 scientific libraries in Finland. You can visit library-webpages via Gateway to Finnish Research Libraries. (e. g university libraries and special libraries are listed separately)
All names of scientific libraries are listed behind the link "Guide to the Scientific Libraries in Finland". Just click "search".
There is no statistical information available about schoollibraries in Finland. In 2000 there were 3 986 comprehensie…
|History of the town Karis, Karjaa - earliest date for the origin of the name and meaning of Karis Thank you
||The history of Karjaa is long and impressive. The earliest population dates back to the stone age, about 10 000 years back. Between 500 B.C. and 900 A.D. Karjaa was one of the most densely populated areas in Finland.
For the first time Karjaa was mentioned in script in 1326 A.D. The name was spelled "Kariis". Later on it was also spelled "Karis", "Karisa" and "Caris".
Unfortunately the philologists disagree on the origin of the name. It looks like that the Swedish name "Karis" is a translation of the Finnish name "Karjaa". Where does this come from, nobody knows reliably. The archaelogists say that there was a very strong influence from Estonia, especially from Saaremaa Islans, where there is a county called "Karja" (= Carries).
|I'm looking to obtain a copy of obituary notices from Helsinki Finland, can you make copies and send them for a reasonable fee. The person I'm thinking of died…
||Please contact the Genealogical Society of Finland at http://www.genealogia.fi/indexe.htm for copies of old obituaries.
|I,m from Moldova, will you be so kind as to write me when is the National Holiday of Finland. Thanks
||In this site you will find national holidays of Finland for years 2003 and 2004 http://www.eurobeaches.com/finland/fidates.htm
|Could you refer me to a place that would give information on family in Jurva,Vassalaami,Finland?
||Star with www.genealogy.org, a finnish genealogy site where you can find practically every tool for searching, even search in the church records yourself. One of the most useful sites is:
that can help you to get started. There you can also find the contact information of eg provincial archives that you directly can contact and ask questions.
The Finnish Institute if Migration (http://www.utu.fi/erill/instmigr/index_e.htm) has a searchable database as well.
This was just briefly - but feel free to ask us more if you think we can help you!
Vaasan City Library Regional Library
|Do you or can you look up obituary archives? I'm into my genealogy and my Grandmothers family lived in Helsink, I have names and death dates.
||Unfortunately we have no orbituary archives at our disposal. The best thing for you to do is to contact the Genealogical Society of Finland and ask the personnel there to assist you in finding the orbituaries. Their address on the Internet is http://www.genealogia.fi/indexe.htm
|Is it possible to get some children books in Tongan (Tonga Islands) to your libraries?
||Unfortunately we do not have any books in Tongan in the Helsinki metropolitan area library system. However, you can come to the Main Library in Pasila and make an interlibrary loans request. The Interlibrary loans department will try to find books in Tongan from other multilingual libraries in Scandinavia or even from the United Kingdom.
|What is a good source of news, travel and other current information (in English) about Finland?
First about good websites.
A good place to start is
There You can find a link to Virtual Finland http://virtual.finland.fi/
with lots of information about Finland in english.
The Virtual Finlands Picture Book of Finlands offers You panoramas, videos and
photographs about finnish nature, culture and seasons.
Other quite interesting sites are
http://www.travel.fi/ (only in finnish)
http://www.genealogia.fi/finnlinks/ (here's a linklist called Photo Albums of Finland Category : Webcams and photographs)
|I'd like to ask you if you've got a video cassette of "And then there were none" by Agatha Christie, in English?
||You can search HelMet libraries video casette collection by choosing keyword search http://www.helmet.fi/search/X for keyword you can put Agatha Christie and change all types of material to video casette. By clicking the title of the video you get the location infomation and the original title. Most of the video collection are spoken in original language, only the subtitles are in finish.
Unfortunally HelMet libraries collection don't have "And there were none" by Agatha Cristie. But there are several other films made from her books. You should find "And there were none" videocasette in any video rental company.
|I am a bachelor of librarianship and information programme in Vilnius University Communication faculty (Lithuania, Europe). At the moment I am writing the…
||While Helsinki City Library provides a fundamental civic service available to everyone Helsinki School of Economics http://helecon.hkkk.fi/kirjasto/?lang=eng is the National Resource Library of Economics and Business in Finland. Maybe you could contact there: E-mail: email@example.com
Helsinki City Library’s collections includes of course business material. Our collections can be found on page http://www.helmet.fi/screens/opacmenu.html . Use Keyword Search “business” for english material. You can see Helsinki City Library’s digital material and databases on page http://www.lib.hel.fi/english/library_info/library_materials_and_dbas/d… . Mainly for business information there is database called Helecon MIX, which is procuded by Helsinki…
|Information about hybrid library or any future library?
||Although several books have been written on your disseration subject, the hybrid library, we do not seem to have many books readily available. At this moment there's one book, Glen E. Holts "Customer self service in the hybrid library" available on the shelf in the Helsinki City Library.
You can read about the finnish vision of the hybrid library in the Ministry of Education's Library strategy 2010. The publication can be found under the address
There are also several articles about hybrid libraries in EBSCO, a full text database that you can find in most libraries in the Helsinki region.
You should also check what there is to be found in LISA, the Library and Information Science…
|Where can I find Finnish folk tales/children stories/fairy tales?
||Have you checked the Congress Library collections? If they have no finnish folk/fairy tales you can ask Helsinki city library, Interlibrary loans. In our Helmet catalogue (www.helmet.fi) we found for example these two collections of finnish folktales in english: Finnish fairy tales and stories for children ( ISBN 0-88887-944-x)and The Fish of gold and other finnish folk tales (0-941016-78-1).
|To: Research Dept. Helsinki city Library Seeking geographical information, please: Any information available in English or Finnish about the following city…
||It looks like that your ancestors' homecounty is Pyhajarvi Vpl. (In Finnish Pyhajarvi is spelled with two a:s with dots, and Vpl is an abbreviation of Viipurin laani = Viipuri province). You can find a short description of the county, in Finnish though, in the following address
http://www.luovutettukarjala.org/pyhajarvihist.htm . Choose a link "Pyhäjärven kartta" and you'll find a map of the county.
Today Pyhajarvi is called Plodovoje and there are a couple of pages about it in a book called "Karjala : Suomalainen matkaopas" by Markus Lehtipuu, 2002. ISBN 952-9715-17-x. You'll find a short presentation of the book in
You can try to find information about your ancestors via the webpages of…
|How is Finnish Ask a Librarian service organized and how it functions (including technical aspects)?
||Ask a Librarian is a joint online reference enquiry service with a trilingual user interface. In its present form the service was started in 1999. Use of the service is free of charge.
At the moment, 27 public libraries, Parliament library and Library of Statistics are available for answering questions. More libraries are expected in join in.
Answers are given within 3 working days. The answer is sent to the e-mail address given by the customer in the question form. 2569 answers were given in 2002 and 2647 in 2001, with very positive feedback from users. Most of the answers are stored in a public archive. In the archive the answers can be searched by free-text, date or keywords. All public answers are stored in the The Finnish archive,…
|I want to find penpals in Finland,can you help me? I am working on my genealogy.
||There are several services that offer penpals in Finland. You could try for instance http://www.penpals.com/
You can find more useful links by Google http://www.google.com/ by entering search term "penpals".
If you want to reach specially people who are interested in Finnish genealogy you could try the mailing lists of the Genealogical Society of Finland http://www.genealogia.fi/postlist/indexe.htm
|I have searched all over Libraries.fi, but cannot find a link to job opportunities for libraries in Finland. How can I find out if you have vacancies?
||When it comes to Libraries.fi, a link to vacancies can be found only on the Finnish and Swedish versions of the site. I believe the reason for this is simply the fact that if one speaks nothing but English, one cannot work in Finnish libraries.
In Finnish: www.kirjastot.fi - kirjastoala - ammattikalenteri - avoimia työpaikkoja.
In Swedish: www.biblioteken.fi - biblioteksbranschen - fackkalendern - lediga tjänster.
In addition to this, vacancies (all branches) in Finland can be found via the site of the Ministry of Labour in Finland (http://www.mol.fi/english/index.html). However, the Internet pages of the labour administration are being revised and so far, only part of the service supply of the labour administration is in English.
|Dear librarians, I’m looking for a quotation by Johann Wolfgang Goethe : „And here I stand, with all my lore, Poor fool, no wiser than before“. Can you tell me…
||In Goethe's most famous work Faust exclaims his sorrow over his inability to learn everything:
"I've read, alas! through philosophy,
Medicine and jurisprudence too,
And, to my grief, theology
With ardent labour studied through.
And here I stand with all my lore,
Poor fool no wiser then before!"
"I HAVE, alas! Philosophy,
Medicine, Jurisprudence too,
And to my cost Theology,
With ardent labour, studied through.
And here I stand, with all my lore,
Poor fool, no wiser than before."
The second quotation (and the one to be preferred according to the Goethe Institut Inter Nationes homepage http://www.goethe.de/kug/rec/ogf/enindex.htm) can be found on the Project Gutenberg webbsite
|My mother and father competed in the international games for the deaf in helsinki finland in 1961. i would like information about that, in english. thank you…
||I do not seem to be able to find information about the games you mean in the databases available in public libraries, probably mainly because news from that period have not yet been indexed in the article reference data bases.
There are, however, two institutions that would probably be able to help you. (I assume you mean athletic games for the deaf.)
Suomen Urheilukirjasto ("Finnish Athletic Library",
http://www.stadion.fi/Urheilumuseo/kirjasto/kirjasto.html has a wide archive of different materials about athletics. Their home pages only seem to exist in Finnish, but I am sure you can contact them directly, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The other organization for you to contact is Finnish Athletic Association of the Deaf (Suomen…