|Is Christmas really the birthday of Jesus?
||We can say with all probability that the 25th December is not a real birthday
of Christ. This day was celebrated as a Christian feast first in the middle of
the 4th century. There are many theories about the reasons of the choice of the
25th December since the Bible does not provide any clear information in this
(a) historical theory of religion
The 25th December has some connection with feasts of other religions. The
Christians borrowed a feast from some neighbouring religion or they deliberately
wanted to supersede such one. In fact, the cult of Sun was in the beginning of
fourth century popular in the Roman empire and it has been suggested that the
25th December was celebrated as a birthday of Sun. In any case the time round…
|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:
|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.
|I was just wondering if it would be possible to volunteer at a library? If so, what sort of duties would I be doing?
||First of all: if one cannot speak Finnish moderately well, there are quite few jobs at the library available. The customers have the right to get service on their own language.
There are some duties, where the fluent Finnish is not so necessary - like putting the returned books back to shelves and other technical jobs -, but the main question is, if the library really needs that kind of help. I would say, that many public libraries do not necessarily want volunteered people, unless they have some kind of experience with the library material or with customer services.
But in the end everything depends on the local circumstances and the thoughts of the chief librarian. You just got to visit one of them to know, if working in the library…
|What is a hink pink for a holiday donkey?
||A holiday donkey = a yule mule. Hink Pinks are silly rhyming pairs which can be used as answers to riddles. To any given riddles, there might be more than one correct answer. The whole idea of hink pinks is to use your own imagination in trying to find words that rhyme together. So, in future we suggest that you try to figure out the answer yourself. Hink pinks are fun to make as illustrated by the following web-site:
|Where can I find information relating to the requirements to becomming employed as a librarian in Helsinki? Do I need a Masters in Library Research?
||There are requirements based on the Finnish Library decree. You can find that at http://www.libraries.fi/en-GB/library-branch/basic-information-about-fi…, Section 4. In nutshell, 70 per cent of the personnel should have an education suitable for the library. That’s why it’s quite hard to get a job at the library without that education, at least in Helsinki and other big cities.
In addition, most of the libraries require that librarians speak Finnish, as it’s needed for customer service.
See also Facts about Finnish libraries at http://www.libraries.fi/en-GB/library-branch/basic-information-about-fi….
|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…
|My girlfriend is Finnish and lives in Helsinki. She just bought a new appartment and as a Christmas present I want to give her a 'subscription' to a good…
||Since 1995 there has been an artotheque in connection with Rikhardinkatu Library in Helsinki. The works of art are lent out on a monthly fee basis. The works can also be bought. The price varies according to the work.
The collection can be looked at on http://www.helsingintaiteilija.net (Taidelainaamo, Nettigalleria)
|I am looking for some sources regarding the british, german and french visitors to Albania during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
||Unfortunately we do not have the information you are looking for. However, below are a couple of potentially useful e-mail addresses in Albania.
Parliamentary Library of Albania
Committee for Development and Tourism:
|Can I return a book loan from Vuosaari library to an other library in Helsinki (ex: Itäkeskus or Herttoniemi)? Thank you.
||You can return a book loan from Vuosaari library to any HelMet library in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa or Kauniainen.
|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 am looking for the journal "Anarkhiia" (a.k.a. "Anarhia," "Anarchia" or "Anarkhia") publsihed in Moscow/Petrograd after the Russian revolution. Could you…
||Search on the union database of the academic libraries of Finland gives several matches with the search word ”anarhia” (transliterated according to ISO 9), but none of them would seem to be the journal you are looking for.
For more information, please contact the department of Russian and Slavic materials of Helsinki University, called Slavonic Library (e-mail email@example.com , www-address http://www.lib.helsinki.fi/english/services/collections/slavonic.htm ).
On the telephone they told that they don’t have any old journal called Anarhia that would date from the period of the Russian Revolution of 1917. They do have two issues of Anarhia published in 1990-91 by anarcho-syndicalists in Petrograd.
|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…
|Does espoon keskus library has free wifi for visitors?
||You can use public Wi-Fi / WLAN in all Espoo city libraries, including the Entresse Library in the Espoo Centre.
Of the available wireless networks choose Espoo_asiakas. No password needed. Just click OK on the webpage you get in a web browser, and you should be online.
|Good afternoon, Searching for biographical information about Herbert Cornell I came upon this page: http://www.fono.fi/KappaleenTiedot.aspx?kappale=bambina…
||It seems that not. We could not find any references about that. We checked some databases: Fono, Suomen äänitearkisto, Viola. Although Harry Bergström (1910-1989) has several pseudonyms: Gerald Beach, Harold G Burgess, Leonard Fleuvemont, Sointu Karikas, Lenny, Jorge Monterio, Tintti-Kalle
And unfortunately we couldn't find any information about that whose pseudonym is Herbert Cornell.
Hope you will find what you are looking for!
|I see that the Ruoholahti library is a "children's library" and appears to function inside a school. does this still mean its open to everyone. even if you…
||Yes, Ruoholahti Children's Library is open to everyone. The most of the collection is for children and the library is closed during school holidays. But otherwise it is like any other Helsinki city library. Wellcome!
|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…
|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…
|In the book Courage: The life and and execution of Arndt Pekurinen what is the first name of the corporal who agrees to execute him for treason?
||In Erno Paasilinna's book, the name of Pekurinen's executioner is Otto Asiainen. Corporal Asiainen was a 21-year-old carpenter from Lestijärvi. He agreed to shoot Pekurinen after the first candidates to carry out the task, sergeant Joonas Kivelä and private Kaarlo Kinnunen had declined captain Pentti Valkonen's request.
|I would like to borrow book in order to learn finnish (Ykäänkö vai ykiinkö – Highway to hill by Gimara) Please let me know if it is available at any library. …
||Ykäänkö vai ykiinkö – Highway to hill by Gimara is not available at the moment in any Helmet Library, nor in any other library in Helsinki. There are also a couple of reservations for this item.
You can make a make a reservation for the book through Helmet.