|I am writing a master's work on the study of corporate virtual reference services of libraries of foreign countries! Help me, please, to find information about…
||First, more information about Ask a Librarian can be found in our archive by searching with the keyword Ask a Librarian, http://www.libraries.fi/en-GB/ask_librarian/keywords/ . In the Library branch channel of Libraries.fi, http://www.libraries.fi/en-GB/library_branch/articles/, there is a powerpoint-presentation about Ask a Librarian (2007), some of the numbers are old, but otherwise it still contains valid information.
As for your questions, I try to give you answers below.
We have no other restrictions than those mentioned. The most important fact to remember is that we work in a library, we help find information, but we can not always provide ready answers, in for instance questions concerning health, sicknesses or law. In cases…
|Where may I find an "Ask a librarian" website for most of the EU countries in a language I speak ? (french, english, spanish). Thank you for any help you may…
||I found a list which is for libraries with some form of synchronous or chat reference services. The list isn't perfect and some links don't even work but it gives way of indication.
|Please guide me to the best source on Finnish designers - (dates etc.) available on the Internet - Authority file ?
||A good source for finnish designers is http://www.finnishdesign.fi/home
On the left of this page in blue: "About us", you can find more information. For example DESIGN MUSEUM has very good pages under this file.
LINKS is also good to look at. Gallery has some older designers featured.
On the whole these pages have a lot of information about Finnish design and designers.
|How can I make good presentations and what resources can help me achieve that?
||Here are books about presentation skills in work and business. All of these are to be found in HelMet libraries.
Walker, T. J.
How to give a pretty good presentation : a speaking survival guide for the rest of us
Successful presentation skills
Louder than words : take your career from average to exceptional with the hidden power of nonverbal intelligence
The presentation secrets of Steve Jobs : how to be insanely great in front of any audience
Brilliant presentations : what the best presenters know, do and say
Speaking on special occasions
Rev. and updated / by Nick Marshallsay and Jane Moseley
Effective presentation : how to create…
|Will you please tell us if you have any materials about Islam history in Scandinavian countries. Thank you so much.
||There is a little Wikipedia article about Islam in Sweden:
Here you have also a book about Islam in the Nordic and Baltic countries:
Islam in the Nordic and Baltic countries / edited by Göran Larsson (2009)
Here is a review of it:
This book is in collections of some university libraries and in the library of Parliament:
|Do you have any books or journals that have information on aids in Kenya or people leaving with aids in Kenya?
||Tampere City Library has limited resources to acquire medical literature in English, so we have only general books on aids in our collection.
Tampere University Library - http://www.uta.fi/laitokset/kirjasto/lib/ -has better book and journal collections in both medical and sociological fields.
Here are some book names You can ask from the Tampere University Library :
Author : Odiwuor, Wycliffe Humphrey
Title: HIV/AIDS and primary education in Kenya : effects and strategies
Stockholm : Stockholm University, 2000
Author Odiwuor, Wycliffe Humphrey
Title: The impact of HIV/AIDS on primary education : a case on selected districts of Kenya
Stockholm : Stockholm University, 2000
They also have several different databases You can use at that…
|Could you give me any Internet addresses where I can find out more about the library legislation or regulations in Finland.
||You can find Finnish library act 904/1998 at http://www.minedu.fi/minedu/culture/libraries_gateways.html#LIBRARY ACT . This act concerns public libraries in Finland. About Finnish library system you can study from web-sites of Ministry of Education http://www.minedu.fi/minedu/culture/public_libraries.html and there you can find also some publications on Finnish libraries. Finnish library policy programme 2001-2001 is also readable via web as a summary http://www.minedu.fi/minedu/publications/librarypolicyprogramme.pdf . Also in this page http://www.publiclibraries.fi/index.asp and the Libray branch -page is worth knowing.
|How are you? I'm pleased to know your city library because your library has a lot of wonderful qualities to be an excellent library. First of all, I'm not a…
||I am glad to hear that you are interested in Helsinki City Library.
First of all, I wonder which page you were looking at to find the information you mentioned. Perhaps it was the home page of Helsinki City Library ( http://www.lib.hel.fi/en-GB/ ) .
This may sound a little complicated, but I will try to help you understand the points you mentioned.
Helsinki City Library consists of the Main Library and 38 branch libraries. The Main library is situated in Pasila district about three kilometres from the city centre. It has the largest collections and also houses the administrative departments of whole Helsinki City Library. The branch libraries are situated in different areas all around the city. In addition to these, Helsinki City Library…
|Who will answer Ask a Librarian guestions - the specialists or librarians? How big is this service? How good (accurate, detailed) are the answers?
||People who are giving answers in our service are all librarians. In addition of 51 public libraries there are also special libraries participating this service.
The Ask a Librarian started in 1999. We have sent almost 70 000 answers (-2018). Of these almost 40 000 are in the public archive of the service. In the year 2017 2830 questions were answered, this year 3054 (1.1.2018-22.10.2018). In the year 2017 174 different librarians answered question in the service.
It is a bit difficult to estimate how good (accurate, detailed) the answers are. Our target is to give as good answers as possible. We usually give a couple of good sources (books and web-sites) but quite often also advice, how to search (adresses of the databases, suitable…
|I'm a teacher writing from Poland. I'd like to know a bit more about Finnish libraries: what they have to offer, how they cooperate with schools, what the key…
||First a link to a publication, which you may find interesting http://linda.linneanet.fi/F/GLI4HL2GG1TSFEJ18L843FFELJ7236UALH5IIDQ8ILX…
- Ministry of Education; Libraries in Finland http://www.minedu.fi/OPM/Kirjastot?lang=en
- Ministry of education;Library network in Finland http://www.minedu.fi/OPM/Kirjastot/kirjastoverkosto/?lang=en
- The National Library of Finland http://www.nationallibrary.fi/libraries/coordination/librarysectors.html
- Libraries.fi http://www.libraries.fi/en-GB/libraries/
- School libraries in Finland (Article) http://slq.nu/?article=volume-46-no-1-2013-10
|I found the full text of the Kalevala in project runeberg. Can you tell me if the text can be viewed in English anywhere on the Internet? We are participating…
||You can find The Kalevala full text version in http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/kveng/ . If you need any further information about Finnish culture and literature you can visit The Finnish Literature Society in http://www.finlit.fi/kalevala/indexeng.html . They have a lot of background information about The Kalevala and Finnish literature. If you need more general information about Finland and for example our education or language these pages might be worth visiting: http://virtual.finland.fi/ (Finfo), http://www.lib.hel.fi/mcl/suomi-eng.htm . A good place to start looking for Information about Norvegian and Austrian cultures are the following pages: http://www.lib.hel.fi/mcl/maat/norway.htm , http://www.lib.hel.fi/mcl/maat/austria.htm .
|I am from Afghanistan (Pashto speaker) living in Helsinki and we have so many Pashto speaker families here, but unfortunately there is no book in the library…
||Thank you for your concern! According to the acquisitions and cataloguing department of Helsinki City Library, the purchasing of books in Pashto is quite complicated. However, we have managed to get some material. The books are available after they have been processed for circulation (transliterating etc.).
|I have to write a paper about ask a librarian services and I have read the article written by the professor Vakkari about comparing Google and Ask a librarian…
||I'll send your question to mister Vakkari, hope you can reach him even thougt it's summer. If you are interested in any questions and answers in Ask a Librarian, you can read them in our public archive, http://www.libraries.fi/en-GB/ask_librarian/archive/ (newest answers http://www.libraries.fi/en-GB/ask_librarian/newest/ ). I presume that Prof. Vakkari has studied the finnish archive, and that he can send you the material, but the texts will be in Finnish language. The Finnish archive is here http://www2.kirjastot.fi/fi-FI/kysy/arkisto/ , the link to swedish material here, http://www2.biblioteken.fi/sv-FI/fraga_bibliotekarien/arkivet/ .
|I would like to know the origin of the term 'Yellow Journalism'.
||The term "yellow journalism" was derived from Robert Outcault's comic strip "The Yellow Kid" around 1895. The battling newspapers, Joseph Pulitzer's New York World and William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal, were both accused of sensationalizing the news. Both also published the Yellow Kid. The term was at first "yellow kid journalism" but was then shortened as "yellow journalism".
More information about the background of the term:
|Are the Ask a Librarian answers published (stored in an open database)?
||The answers are stored whether in public or non-public archive. Most of the answers are stored in the open archive. The non-public database is open only for librarians, they can visit it in the same web-adress and with same logins-passwords, where they do the answering. Nowadays about 40% of answers are stored in non-public archive. You put the answer to the non-public archive if you think that it is not useful for anybody else or the same question and answer to it is already in the public archive (for example how to get a PIN-code to your library card). Usually we also put answer to the non-public archive if we can’t help the questioner in any way (didn’t find the answer and not even couldn’t give any organisation or specialist to ask for…
|Dear Sir! I wonder about inheritance rules for digital contents(Email, Blog, Homepage for social networking, Game avatar etc) If someone die in a sudden, He or…
According to the [Finnish) Copyright Act (404/1961)
Anyone who has created a literary or artistic work has a copyright for his/her work (in section 1).
(The work can be e.g. in digital form or the work can be published on the web, but it has to be a work. I'm sure You understand well, that in many cases there is a difficult judicial question about that if some creation is/is not a work.)
After the death of the author the copyright is applicable to matrimonial law, wills and succession rules. (in section 41)
Unfortunately the Copyright Act translation is not available in Finlex (an open judicial data bank on the web). You can ask for a translation to English of the Ministry of the Justice
I hope this…
|I am interested in information about the work of Alvar Aalto.
||You could visit these webadresses: http://www.alvaraalto.fi/alvar/buildings/index.htm
and from http://www.alvaraalto.fi/museum/ you can find much more interesting info. - Naturally there are lots of books about Alvar Aalto, also in English.
Some of them you can find from our Lapin kirjasto
database, only write Aalto, Alvar to the subject heading in http://intro.rovaniemi.fi:8001/Intro?formid=form2&sesid=1105517099&ulan…
Maybe part of them are no more available in bookstores.
|Do you know the mailing address for the Sunny Bus Company? I would like to send a thank you note to one of their drivers following a recent tour. Thank you!
||The mailing address is:
Vanha Porvoontie 246
|As an American tourist I will be in the Pulkkila area in June, and need to find sleeping accomodations there or nearby for my wife and myself. Please name…
||There are some summer accomodations available in the Siikalatva area to which Pulkkila also belongs. The page in the address http://www.metsainfo.fi/index.php?page=_ravintolat&type=6&lang=fi shows you the area of Siikalatva on the map. The nearest city is Oulu.
The Names and addresses of the summer hotels and cottages in Piippola are as follows:
Piippolan vaarin kesähotelli
Piippolan käsi- ja taideteollisuusoppilaitos
Puh: (08) 8119 111
p. 08 - 452 370, fax 08 - 450 520
p. 08 - 253 790
Niemelänkuja 2 A
Seppo Piippo Gsm. 040-5045 605
Juhani Mahosenaho Gsm. 050-3486 994, 040-5483197
|Which sort of gestional software do you use for this digital reference service?
||Our software is a product specially made for our use upon a programme basis named Meteor. It is planned and produced in Finland by Sininen Meteoriitti, Blue Meteorite, http://www.meteoriitti.com/, in cooperation with an other Finnish firm Connexor, which is specialised in semantic web tools.