|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…
|How could I find by certain topic or keyword all books and other releases from your library. I couldn´t find your search system. Thank you!
||You will find our bibliographic database directly at http://www.libplussa.fi/#en or through our home page (
http://www.lib.hel.fi/english/index.html ) by clicking "Books & other materials".
Start by choosing the city where you usually use public libraries. This will lead you to the "Basic search".
If you are looking for material about a certain topic, choose "Subject heading or class" and type your search word. Unfortunately the subject headings should be written in Finnish, because our bibliographic records are in Finnish. If you have any basic knowledge of Finnish (or a Finnish dictionary!) you can check the correct terms at http://vesa.lib.helsinki.fi/ . In the title search you can also use search words in English (use the…
|Can I have a list music CDs in Helsinki main (or other in other libraries as well) which are related with Cuban (Cuba) music? In which library and where in…
||You will find our bibliographic database at http://www.libplussa.fi/#en .
Go to the "Basic search" . Choose "Subject heading or class" and type "Kuuba" as search word. In the menu "Display All kinds of items" choose "Only CDs". Search.
(Unfortunately you have to use subject headings in Finnish, because our bibliographic records are in Finnish. If you choose title search you can also type Cuba# in English - note the truncation mark - but in that case you will get less references and not all of them are necessarily relevant.)
In the database you will also see the availability of the CDs in different libraries. The largest music collections in general are at Pasila Music Station, Töölö, Itäkeskus and Kallio libraries.
|I am to start my masters in health care and quality management at the university of helsinki in january 2003 and was wondering if you can help me with part…
||I recommend you go to the webpages of the Ministry of Labour, Finland, http://www.mol.fi/english/index.html . On the frontpage you'll find a link to "Employment service". This is a good way to start. When you already are in Finland, you can also browse newspapers and read the college bulletinboard.
Another useful address is, http://www.suomi.fi/english/immigrants_and_emigrants/ a portal of public services, maintained by Finnish government offices. This is not necessarily for job seeking, but contains other useful information on Finnish society.
|I would like to know something about the traditional finnish knitting patterns, how do they look like etc. Thank you very much
||In the address http://www.tkukoulu.fi/handmade/neulonta/perinn1.html you'll find three examples of Finnish traditional sweaters. Especially Jussin paita and Revontulipusero (Northern lights sweater) are very popular in Finland. Jussinpaita was designed according to a medieval pattern. The original colours are burgundy and grey, but also blue and grey are popular. Revontulipusero is of Swedish origin, but became popular in Finland in 1950's and is regarded as a traditional design.
In the address
http://www.tkukoulu.fi/~ausipola/index.htm you'll find more pictures of traditonal patterns.
In a book, called "Kalevalaneuleet" by Marja Ulvo & Elise Rajamäki, 2001, ISBN 951-20-5834-0 you'll find pictures and instructions of knitwear with…
|I plan to buy a home in Finland. I want to be about halfway between nort and south and a little east. How would you go about this research online through any…
||Referring to Your inquiry about buying a home in Finland.
There aren’t very many places where you can find information in English how to buy a home in Finland. You could have a look at a guide - Are you planning to move to Finland? This guide is for you who are living abroad and are planning to migrate to Finland. You can find it in this address:
You can find several links how to find and buy a home in Finland. Unfortunately all of the links are either Finnish or in Swedish. You can find these links in this address:
This here address leads you to several links about various house agents here in Finland:
|What was the cost and source of funding for the Seinäjoki city library?
||In Finland the libraries are funded by tax revenues. So the source of funding for the library was partly state aid and partly it was paid by the city of Seinäjoki.
The library building was finished in 1965 and the cost was then 1 041 145,86 Finnish marks. It would be about 9 001 222,20 Finnish marks in the value of mark in 2001. If we change it in to euros it would be about
1 514 000 euros. As you can see the cost of the building was very low. Nowadays the cost of building a library would be twice as much.
|How many books does the Seinäjoki city library hold?
||Our collection includes 252 487 volumes of which
209 004 are books.
|What is the total square footage of the Seinäjoki city library?
||The total floor area of the library is 1600 m2 and the cubic capasity is 6700 m3.
|Please could you tell me how I could obtain a list of the "top 20" best selling books in Finland for Fiction and/or Non-Fiction. I have searched everywhere,…
||Here are some useful adresses - unfortunately the sites are in Finninsh language:
This list is based on the information of all bookshops in Finland: http://www.booknet.fi/puntari/suomi/
On the left you can see syyskuu 2002. There are the "toptens" of August. Some translations: suomalainen kaunokirjallisuus = Finnish fiction, käännetty kaunokirjalisuus = translated fiction, tietokirjat = nonfiction
and this is the list of the biggest bookshop in Helsinki
For more information please contact The Booksellers Association of Finland http://www.kirjakauppaliitto.fi/english/engpages.htm
|Where can I find a list of publishers of children's books that are located in Texas?
Here are some links that might help you.
Children`s Book Council`s webpage has an online member list, but only one of the publishers (the first one) is located in Texas http://www.cbcbooks.org/html/mlist1.html
www.chlidrenslit.com has a list of publishers webpages, but you have to check each link separately to find out the location. http://www.childrenslit.com/sites_publish.html
Children`s book publishers in United States: http://www2.nypl.org/home/branch/kids/reading/bookpubs.cfm
Click e.g Gryphon House Books and you can choose a state and find stores located in Texas
Book Publishers of Texas has a membership directory http://www.bookpublishersoftexas.com/directory.asp
|Can you please tell me whether you have some Moomin stories in Czech as well? e.g. Mooominland midwinter or Moominpappa's memoirs Thanx
||The following Tove Jansson’s Moomin books are available in Czech:
Nevitelné díte a jiné príbehy; Pozde v listopadu; Carovná zima; Kometa; Bláznivé Léto; Tatínek píse pameti.
You can check their availability status from the following address:
|I need electronic copy of few pages of finnish magazines. Could you advise me library which can provide this service for me. Thank you in advance,
||Unfortunately we do not have magazines in electronic format. However, you can check the following web address to see whether the magazines you are looking for are available in any of the Helsinki City libraries: http://libpress.lib.hel.fi/search/index.asp?kieli=englanti
In case you find the magazine you are looking for, you can visit the library in question and photocopy the pages you are interested in.
In case you are living in another country, you should contact your local library and ask if they can make an interlibrary request for the articles you are looking for.
|Can you tell me what kind of books that story about virtual librarian?
||I didn't quite understand the question but if you are interested in books that tell about virtual libraries and their development in general you might want to check books conserning library science (called "kirjastotiede" in finnish). For example these books tell about the subject:
- Borgman, Christine L.: From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure. 2000.
- Laverna M. Saunders (ed.): The Evolving Virtual Library. 1999.
- William Y. Arms: Digital Libraries. 2000.
Virtuaalikirjasto, finnish virtual library, can be found in the Internet http://www.jyu.fi/library/virtuaalikirjasto/engvirli.htm . There is also some general information about virtual libraries (see "Help" and "General instructions"). Other virtual libraries can be…
|Were there any photographs published in the newspapers of the 41 Members of the 1952 British Olympic team parading at the Olympic Stadium last Friday night …
||Thank you for your interesting question. Unfortunately we have no resourses to answer your question here at the Helsinki City Library, but advise you to contact Suomen Urheilukirjasto (Finnish Sports Library) in Helsinki. The Library spesializes in serving customers who are interested in sports and especially in the Olympic games. In the library there is an archive of 21 000 pictures or photographs. Their services include scanning photographs and e-mailing them to your address. They charge for their services.
The address of the library is
Telephone: +358 9434 22 521
Fax: +358 9434 22 550
The library is open mon, tue, wed and fri 11-a.m. - 5 p.…
|I´m bookmarks colltionis and if you can help , to send me bookmarks , because I want to have my international collection , or to put in contact with a person…
||You could try the URL http://www.miragebookmark.ch/wb_collector's_page.htm . If you are especially looking for Finnish bookmarks, try a Google search ( www.google.com ) using the word "keräily" or "keräilijät". There are quite a few pages with different collectors' items, but so far I have not found any Finnish pages concentrating on collecting bookmarks.