|What is ask librarian service
||Ask a Librarian is the joint digital reference service of Finnish libraries. It’s situated in the site Libraries.fi, which is the national library portal for all Finnish libraries (public, special, university libraries). Libraries.fi is produced by the Central Library for Public Libraries in Finland, which is Helsinki City Library and it’s financed by the Ministry of Education. The Ask a Librarian started in the year 1999. Answers are given in three languages: Finnish, Swedish and English. Ask a Librarian has a public archive, where answers are stored and can be used by other information seekers. The archive also exists in three languages, http://www.libraries.fi/ask_librarian/archive.aspx .
The question is sent in via a web form, the…
|Please could you tell me whether there are English books, fiction and drama, to loan in the library at Sello? If not, could you please let me know if there is…
||We have some dramatic literature in English (especially classic plays by Shakespeare and others) at the Sello library, plus, of course, lots of non-dramatic fiction in English language.
For a complete list of drama available in the Helsinki region public libraries, you can use the English-language HelMet Web Library at http://www.helmet.fi/search~S9/X . Choose "Other searches", select from the search menu: "Espoo class" and then type into the search box the library class for English-language plays: "5.3". Or you could use this direct link http://www.helmet.fi/search/?searchtype=e&searcharg=5.3&searchscope=4&S…
You could also use the advanced search option, use a keyword *näytelmät" (meaning plays and drama in Finnish) and…
|Do you have audiobooks in the library? To learn languages, Spanish and Finnish?
||You find plenty of finnish and spanish audiobooks in HelMet-libraries. You can do advanced search in http://www.helmet.fi/ with finnish keyword ÄÄNIKIRJAT. Then you choose CD as material type and the language you want.
I hope you find interesting and amusing audiobooks wich help you to learn new languages.
|What does Helsinki mean?
||The oldest form of the name Helsinki is Heelsingha. It's thought that it means the oldest population living on riverside of Vantaa River. They were swedish-speaking and were coming from Hälsningland.
Later Helsinki was the name of Helsinki parish, foregoer of Vantaa city.
|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…
|The difference between Medline and MedLARS
||The difference between Medline and MedLars is not very clear. Medlars (Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System) is the computerised biomedical bibliographic retrieval system which was launched by the U.S. National Library of Medicine in 1964. It allows rapid access to NLM's store of biomedical information. Medlars was the first large scale, computer based, retrospective search service available to the general public. In 1971 an online version called MEDLINE ("MEDLARS Online") became available.
MEDLINE® is the best known of NLM's databases. Essentially Index Medicus online, MEDLINE enables anyone to query the NLM computer's store of journal article references on specific topics. It currently contains 9 million references going back…
|Could you give me some information on the origin of the word nisu? Is it a Swedish word? When did pulla replace this word? I live in Ohio, and the Finnish…
||According to the etymological dictionary of modern Finnish language the word “nisu” has an analogue in all of the near related languages. Karelian and Estonian languages have the word “nisu” and the Veps language “ńižu”. Also the Sami language knows the word “njizzi” which is apparently derived from the same origin. The word is most likely a derivative of a word that means breast or teat (the Finnish word “nisä”). The concept of this is that the product of the teat (which is white and sweet milk) has same qualities that the mild-flavoured grain (wheat). In the Finnish literary language “nisu” has appeared since Agricola and it has been the primary designation of wheat until the 19th century.
The word “pulla” is a loan from “bulla” in the…
|Where can I find military archives for Vora? Thank you.
||If you are looking for data from Finnish military archives, the correct starting point is Finnish National Archives.
By contacting National Archives with your family's names and other details known, we bet that you can get more information and maybe other sources as well.
Vora communal information (english version via Google Translate):
|In june 2002 the Hanasaari Cultural Centre and the Helsinki City Library organized a conference titled A Space for the Future - Library Buildings in the 21st…
||You can find the programme and most of the proceedings in the conference webpages, published in the new webpages of Helsinki City library, http://www.lib.hel.fi/Page/73a56460-0868-4da8-a666-2866bcc2cd7b.aspx . I wonder if you are familiar with the material of the IFLA satellite meeting in Järvenpää, Finland in th year 2005? The proceedings can be found here, http://www.fla.fi/PHYSICALvsVIRTUAL05/ .
|Who replaced Caesar?
||Julius Caesar was assasinated 44 BC by a group of senators, led by Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius. Caesar's follower was his adopted heir, Octavian (or Octavius) (63 B.C.- A.D. 14), perhaps even better known for the name Augustus.
Octavian was aged only 19 at the time of Caesar's death and proved to have considerable political skills.
After Caesar's assassination, a political alliance, known as the Second Triumvirate, was formed in 43 BC by Octavian, Mark Antony and Lepidus.
The triumvirate was eventually torn apart: disagreement between Octavian and Antony erupted into civil war in 31 BC. Antony was defeated by Octavian at the naval Battle of Actium. He committed suicide, and his lover, Cleopatra, killed herself shortly…
|I am looking for information about a specific activity within the Nordic Countries social security system. Some of these countries send their senior citizen to…
||In Finland there are certain links of our social security system for the seniors:
(not in english, sw, fin)
2. Nordic countries
(of Nordic countries, publications in electronic form)
|I would like to get a job in a library but i don't know where to ask for. I am a foreigner and don't know finnish language. I would very much appreciate if you…
Unfortunately it`s very difficult to to get a job in a library in Finland if you don`t know finnish, even if you have education as an librarian. If you are e.g native english speaker, there are of course some possibilities to work in certain organizations or communities without knowing finnish. You could ask more at your nearest employment office.
|I read about the libraries at finland, and I like to tell you that I like to contact the libraries at finland, may you tell me how can i begin with you? I like…
||There are hundreds of libraries in Finland, both public libraries and university or special libraries.
The best place to start when looking for information on Finnish libraries is quite likely the web address http://www.libraries.fi/ . The web site is available in English language also.
"Libraries.fi provides access to Finnish Library Net Services under one user interface. The portal serves as a starting point especially for users seeking information about libraries, culture and information services. The services are meant to be every-day tools for library workers, but they are also available for anyone co-operating with or interested in library matters."
From the subpage http://www.libraries.fi/en-GB/libraries/ you can find many links to…
|I would like to know if you have some document (reports, statisticals, proceedings, etc.) about your Ask a Librarian.
||Some basic information about Ask a Librarian is published on our site, http://www.libraries.fi/en-GB/ask_librarian/about/ and in the Libraries.fi Library Branch-channel, Articles, papers, presentations, travel reports under the heading Libraries.fi, http://www.libraries.fi/en-GB/library_branch/articles/ . There are also answers about the service in the archive, http://www.libraries.fi/en-GB/ask_librarian/archive.aspx search with keyword Ask a Librarian.
|From MIchigan USA. I am trying to locate a long lost friend who was a foreign exchange student with me way back in 1979. . I have not seen him in 23 years…
||The address of every person living officially in Finland is available in
Väestörekisterikeskus (Population Register Centre)
The telephone number is 0600 0 1000
(only in Finland)
The mailing address of Population register centre is
A good way to find lost friends is the Facebook. You could also try there.
|I am a kantele player/song writer in the United States. Can you tell me where I can find Finnish folk tunes and songs that are in the public domain? I would…
||In virtual Finland Websites Anneli Asplund has written a page The Kantele - Finland's national instrument http://virtual.finland.fi/finfo/english/kantele.html . There you can listen to the famous kantele player Timo Väänänen playing the kantele as Realaudio. He is playing Mid the Hills of Karelia and The Governor's Polska, which are traditional finnish folk songs.
There are also a list of recorded kantele music on CD. It is possible to make a distant loan request for these CDs through your nearest library.
For folk tunes and songs, you can also ask Folk Arts Centre. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or Suomalaisen kirjallisuuden seura, i.e. Association for Finnish literature, email@example.com
Violinmaker Jussi Laasanen…
|Which library has the most comprehensive collection of books in English for children and teenagers? We live in the greater Helsinki area (i.e. Tapiola, Espoo)…
||Vastaan helpomman mukaan suomen kielellä, kun kysymyksetkin olivat myös suomeksi.
Suurimmat englanninkieliset lasten- ja nuortenkirjakokoelmat pääkaupunkiseudulla ovat Sellon ja Tapiolan kirjastoissa Espoossa ja Pasilan kirjastossa Helsingissä.
|Good evening, I would like to ask a question about cataloguing policy in Finnish public libraries. Is there any central cataloguing department that provides…
||All Finnish public libraries are responsible for their own cataloguing. There is an enterprise, BTJ, http://www.btj.fi/ , who sells materials for public libraries, also cataloguing records. Thus the main part of Finnish public libraries buy cataloguing records from BTJ and fill in information in these records at their own cataloguing departements. Centralized cataloguing for public libraries does'nt exist in Finland.
Finnish libraries use Finnish cataloguing rules, http://www.kansalliskirjasto.fi/kirjastoala/luettelointisaannot.html , which are based on the international cataloguing rules by IFLA http://www.ifla.org/en/cataloguing . The cataloguing rules are to be rewritten in near future on the basis of the changes in the international…
|Could you tell me where I can find some information and photos about Library boat in Finland? Thanks
||From the website below you can find information about the only book boat in Finland. It is a library boat of Parainen (or Pargas in Swedish) in the Åboland archipelago in Western Finland:
There is also a little video about this book boat in Kirjastokaista (Library channel):
|I am looking for information about Finland, climate, agriculture, import or exports.
||You will find good information
about the climate in Finland from the Finnish Meteorological Institute:
about the agriculture from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry: http://www.mmm.fi/english/
about the trade from the Ministry of Trade and Industry: http://www.ktm.fi/index.phtml?menu_id=1&lang=3
and accurate statistical information from numerous subjects from the website of Statistics Finland: http://www.tilastokeskus.fi/index_en.html
More information about Finland You will find for example from http://www.finland.fi/
There is collection of information available in English on Finland's public sector organizations and public services. Most of the information is from the online services…