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Copy Preparator TIIU TALI

Coverphotos: TEET MALSROOS
Laagna Library in Tallinn



Lately, I had to wait for always hurrying and for ever late photographer for more than a half an hour at Liivalaia street, at the Foreign Literature Department of Tallinn Central Library. New rooms just opened to the users were exposed to sunshine. There were plenty of readers both between the shelves as well as at the circulation desk, and served by friendly smiling librarians. Those smiling faces enlightened the library's atmosphere even more. So my indignation was vanished by the time the photographer appeared.
This episode inspired me to write about the charms of light, goodness and smiling. Then my phone rang. The caller was a care-worn librarian of Paldiski Town Library. In the anxiety of anniversary celebrations of the town of Paldiski, its municipality had forgotten to pay the library's telephone bill in time, and the phone had been disconnected. And this had happened this year for several times already. Obviously, the town counsellors are not interested in the fate and well-being of the library. What can be done? Goodness and smiling faces do not get us here anywhere.
Life has many sides. Most of librarians are willing to tolerate a lot in sake of library users'well-being. And we probably do not loose our patience if we take delight in details. Morning sun shining through the window, cordial beginning of a day, a considerate bus driver who takes care of passengers, a freindly salesperson at the store, and friendly and supporting fellow colleagues give us stregth to bear hardships. And smile! Smiling preserves and restores pace of mind and at the same time gives a sign of the willingness to communicate, to listen and provide help to others.
Be understanding, and smile!
Ene Riet



Interview with the Minister of Culture Signe Kivi - Maire Liivamets
In her interview the newly appointed Ministry of Culture Signe Kivi talks about her relations with libraries and dwells upon "The Basis of Estonian Policy of Culture", passed by Riigikogu (Parliament) in 1998 and considers it to be an essential document. She is convinced that we must plan and give priorities to cultural activities, otherwise it is not possible to carry out our ideas. She wishes good luck, optimism to stand out present economical difficulties and to hope getting a better salary in the future and that it will be paid according to one´s skills and qualification.


Notable Days of the Estonian Literary: Museum Archive Library - Heino Räim
Heino Räim, senior librarian at the Estonian Literary Museum Archive Library introduces the history of the Library. It was founded 90 years ago, in April 1909; 75 years ago a new house was bought and the collections were settled in summer 1924. During these long years nine different personalities have managed the Archive Library. The founder of it was a well-known folklorist and diplomat Oskar Kallas who worked out new acquisition principles. Over 730,000 items of the Library are devided between four collections. The briggest (50 per cent) is the Collection of Estonian Books and it falls into two parts – archive collection and duplicates. The Baltica Collection (30 per cent) includes the publications about Estonians in foreign languages. The Periodical Collection (15 per cent) is devided into two parts: periodicals in Estonian and periodicals in other languages, and it is the most unique as well as the most exploited collection. Special collections (5 per cent) contain geographical maps, personal libraries and pamphlets.

Section of Theatre and Cinema Information at the National Library of Estonia – 25 - Mare Mauer, Merike Saarepera
Mare Mauer and Merike Saarepera give a survey of theatre and cinema information in the National Library of Estonia. The history of the section is introduced, the names of former librarians are given and the activities during the Soviet period are described. After the re-establishment of independence many changes have taken place and new possibilities for acquisition have been presented. It is a pity that beside modern databases old card catalogues are being used. But the users of the section are clients of long standing. There are always enough readers there. At the end of the article the theatre bibliography lists, compiled by the section, are presented.

The European Union Information Centre - Anu Nestor
In September 1998 The EU Information Centre was opened at the NLE. The Centre is obligated to acquire and preserve the EU official publications, and provide free access to these items. It provides user services in a reading room for 20 with 3 public work stations. At the end of the article, the author lists other sources on the subject.

Why We Take Part in the Fair of Information - Ilona Smuškina
The innovation project of Tartu University aims to integrate the efforts of different institutions and to find further cooperation possibilities. The first public event initiated by the project – an exhibition and a workshop – held in 1989, turned out to be a success, and has been followed by annual innovation fairs. At the fairs, all the structural units of Tartu University, with few exceptions, aim to introduce their improvements, new applications and development trends.

The Catalogues of Tartu University Library in the 19th and in the Beginning of the 20th Century - Ljudmila Dubjeva
In her article Ljydmila Dubjeva characterises the catalogue system which was developed at Tartu University Library in the 19th and early 20th centuries. She discusses different forms of cata-logues, used during the period which all can be drawn together under the term "traditional information search systems". Data about the catalogues are presented in a Table at the end of the article.

ProCite Databases in the Estonian Academie Library - Signe Pärt
Beginning with 1995, the EAL has generated databases using ProCite computer software. In her article, the author also lists such databases of the structural units of the Library.


Statistical Survey of the Public Libraries Activities in 1995–1998 - Mall Saul, Heli Priimets
An analysis of the activities of Estonian public libraries, illustrated with a variety of figures.



Time Series Analysis - Silvi Roomets
The piece introduces collecting, organising and analysing of statistical data for time series analysis, and considers the possibilities of using the method in library practice.


A Library and Theatre Are the Most Democratic Institutions: the Interview with Lilian Vellerand - Maire Liivamets
The interview with Lilian Vellerand, a theatre historian and critic gives a survey of the possibility and necessity of the compiling and publishing theatre bibliographies. She thinks that a person must not be left alone with a computer because the joy of communication is one of the greatest pleasures in life. As an excample, she gives a very high cultural level of communication and good knowledge of the acquistion of theatre information at the Department of Fine Arts in the National Library of Estonia. Vellerand explains the past and present situation of Estonian theatre, the trends of young critics and screenplays. She also tells about the place of television production and serials in the contemporary cultural life.


Books of Cult: Sherman Alexie´s "Reservation Blues" - Aimar Ventsel
In the third writing of his column, Aimar Ventsel, an ethnologist, reviews Reservation Blues (New York, 1995) by Sherman Alexie, a native indian writer.


Ain Kaalep´s Collection of Articles "Three Lydias" - Hilve Rebane
In her article Hilve Rebane introduces Ain Kaalep's collection of articles "Three Lydias", published in the series "Estonian History of Ideas". Ain Kaalep is a well-known scholar of literature, translator, poet and chief editor of the journal "Akadeemia" (Academy). His collection includes theoretical treatments, reviews, short essays, obituaries and dedication writings. His erudition arouses interest in people, books, different cultures and in several theoretical issues in the field of humanities. Ain Kaalep also follows the problems concerning translation and mother tongue, and languages in general. One cycle of the articles describes the changed world outlook after perestroika.


Relation with the press - Triin Soone
A yearly column to help Estonian librarians to enhance their PR activities. The second piece of the column reviews briefly relations with the press.



Copyright and Libraries - Ilme Sepp
An overview of the workshop Libraries and Copyright, held in April at the NLE, organised by the EBLIDA's CECUP project.

Society and Libraries - Tiiu Valm
The future vision of libraries of the NLE's Director General, first addressed to the 90th Anniversary Conference of Pärnu Central Library on April 30.

Meet the Children - Ene Riet
An overview of the joint workshop Meet the Children of the Swedish Institute and Embassy, Estonian Children's Literature Centre and the NLE, and impressions of the opening of a book exhibition on the same theme.


Lea Trikkant – 70
Ellen Sarv – Library Career of 50 Years

Helene Johani-Mugasto