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Good people,

Every traumatic experience, especially a mental one, does not fade away by itself. We just cannot observe ourselves the way others see us, and fellow people also can provide little help here. Of course, there are learned men who are able to get us out of trouble, but do they succeed in treating disordered social thinking – I do not know. I am increasingly engaged in the thought that our society today is the most alienated from the persons of different thoughts and deeds – from independent thinking and self-independence. But this has been regular course in the past and in the present, and my convictions do neither matter nor mean a lot. Nevertheless, it is important to point out that kind of traumata.

A human being strives to believe that the world of things lasts more than the world of ideas. However, it is not so. The exchange of ideas takes place though more passionately and louder, however, still slower we desire. Our minds are no means prepared to adapt themselves to changes. Sometimes it is even useful; minds rest and reject everything alien to them. And so many of us hang on to the Golden Fish syndrome. At the same time some wail, some nod, some become judges. Somebody is crucified. According to the orders, decisions and courage of one’s mind. How someone thinks.

Books explain a lot, however, do not provide answers to everybody’s specific questions. For instance, Francis Fukuyama’s The Great Disruption: Human Nature and the Reconstitution of Social Order not in the least “disrupted” me. It certainly reminded me of a thing or two, as also did a historian, Vello Helk, whom I cite: “A half-century normal development has been torn out of our history, and replaced with the Soviet way of thinking. It has left deep wounds into the body of nation, which cannot be healed with the remedy of oblivion, as the Estonian people still carry the heritage of those years.” (Akadeemia, 2001, No 2) I know that. Who doesn’t. However, the problem lays in the fact that we are still shocked, if such traumata are exposed. Why? Who should answer to that question? It is not in the powers of our journal, and it is not sure that our readership is interested in it today.

I have tried to understand the minds of other people to make my life easier; however, I dream that others take my mind into consideration, too. On this way towards understanding I am supported by the knowledge that you cannot stand up for new age; however, you can turn your eyes away from those who trouble your mind.

Maire Liivamets



About Professional Publishing Katrin Kivimaa
In the era of Internet the publishing of a good book is increasingly becoming a major event. The authoress is troubled by the fact that publishers are more concerned with quantity than with quality after turning publishing into commercial business. She gives examples of negligent attitude in publishing.


Keeping Ourselves on the Road of Innovations Ere Raag
An overview of the school librarians’ discussion held at the Võru County Central Library where burning issues of both the school libraries in Võru county as well as in entire Estonia were focused on. It turned out that all the libraries cannot yet sufficiently provide pupils and schoolteachers with literature necessary for study activities and self-development. Several difficulties in acquiring materials on teaching methods have occurred, and bad printing quality of publications also is a major problem. Secondary school and major basic school libraries are more viable and their collections of better content.

The Library of Võru County Vocational Education Centre Ere Raag
The Võru County Vocational Education Centre was established on 1999 by joining Võru Industrial Vocational School and Väimela Agricultural Vocational School. Its library is situated is newly renovated premises with 300 m² floor space and employes two librarians. The library is, first and foremost, a learning and information centre, providing library users with nine computer workstations and library staff with a computer equipped with Kirjasto 3000 software for internal library work. Since 2000 the library also carries out the functions of Väimela public library; the preparations to open a Internet public access point at the library have been made.

The Library of Pärnu Coeducational Gümnasium Vaike Mändmaa
At the present over 1,000 pupils study at the Pärnu Coeducational Gümnasium. Since 2000 two professionally trainined librarians have been employed. Currently, the newly repaired library premises are being refurbished, and the library collection properly organised. The library is to become a learning centre of the school, where pupils can use computers with Internet connection and watch videos in addition to access books. A special working corner for teachers is also designed.


Librarianship Standardisation Endla Sandberg
A brief overview of librarianship standardisation in the world and the perspectives to implement library standards in Estonia. In September 2001 a working group for standardisation was initiated at the National Library of Estonia to start librarianship standardisation in Estonia. The tasks of the working group include mapping necessity for standardisation in the library field, making proposals for publishing IFLA standards in the Estonian language and drawing up Estonian original standards.

Digital Literacy Liia Tüür
The authoress provides a definition of digital literacy –, in her mind, an extension to traditional literacy which concept does not only include reading and writing abilities, but also competency in a certain field. Critical analysis ability is vital speaking of digital literacy. This ability requests logical discussion skills and updated knowledge of both new technologies as well as information sources and methods. The authoress also presents several general criteria which should be considered while separating quality information from trash in the network environment.


The Libraries of Russian Culture Societies in Tallinn Larissa Petina
The libraries of Russian educational, culture and charity societies, established in the 19th century and during the first half of 20th century, together with Russian-language books in major Estonian libraries of that period form a remarkable proportion of Russian literature in Estonian library collections today. The author provides an overview of libraries of several societies and the availability of their books in the National Library of Estonia collections.


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The Priorities of IFLA

The Names of IFLA Structural Units in Estonian


Political Ideas of Konstantin Päts During the Estonian State’s Independence Toomas Karjahärm
An overview of a book by Konstantin Päts, the former President of the Republic of Estonia, Eesti riik II (The Estonian State II), published in the series, Eesti mõttelugu (Estonian History of Ideas). In the first part of the book mostly his leading articles in newspapers have been published; in the second part – his speeches dominate. A reader of the book gets an insight into the mind of the eminent statesman.


Krista Talvi, Maris Ringvee and Anu Nuut ponder upon the future of Estonian library terminology
An overview of library terminology work at the Library Science and Development Department of the National Library of Estonia, and the activities and future plans of the Committee on Terminology of the Estonian Librarians Association.


The Value and Impact of a Library Aira Lepik 31–33
The piece provides an overview of possible models for the analysis and evaluation of the value and impact of an organisation and the necessity to implement them for library permormance measurement. The article focuses on J. Cram’s multiaspect treatment of library value, where library market penetration is evaluated through developed trust and created value. As a framework for evaluating library value, a library as an organisation, the spatial context of a library, and its target and special user groups are analysed as development factors of library’s value and impact.


A Major Bibliographic Event Mari Kalvik 34–35
Some thoughts about a monograph, Eesti bibliograafia ajalugu 1901–1917 (The History of Estonian Bibliography 1901–1917; Tallinn, 2001, 355 p.), by Ilse Hamburg. The monograph lays a solid basis for future research of the development of Estonian bibliography.


Several Impressions and Thoughts about Viljandi Ester Kerge
An overview of the annual rural libraries seminar-camp, held on 4–7 June this year. The topics concerned public library acquisitions, providing libraries with Internet connection and information technology applications, acquiring of professional information, etc.

A Summer Seminar of the School Libraries Section Ruth Toots
The main issue of a school libraries summer seminar on 26–28 June in Keila-Joa was A School Library and the Curriculum. A new curriculum will be approved in the autumn this year, and it will fully come in force in September 2003. This school year the new curriculum will be implemented in teaching the mother tongue for Estonian children, history and natural sciences.


Public Libraries Seminar-Camp Ene Riet
The issues covered at the public libraries seminar-camp, held from 31 July to 2 August on Põltsamaa, were diverse – public libraries’ development, budget, statistics and acquisitions, and children’s libraries matters. The participants met with Tarmo Loodus, the Minister of Interior, who provided an overview of planned changes inside the Estonian administrative reform, and highlighted the libraries part in it.

Research Libraries Seminar-Camp Ene Riet
A seminar-camp of Estonian research libraries, Estonian Research Libraries in Global Information Space, was held on 6–7 August this year at Lahemaa. The presenters of papers predominantly included specialists outside the library field, who treated libraries in a wider context.

The Meeting of the National Libraries of the Baltic States in Sangaste Janne Andresoo
An overview of the traditional summer seminar of the national libraries of the Baltic States, LiLaEst, held on 26–29 June this year in the Castle of Sangaste, on the theme National Libraries in the Electronic Environment: The Mission Statement in the Information Society. The seminar worked in three sections, covering library management, strategic planning, terminology, automation, maintenance and economics, equipment, renovetions, etc.

Congratulations: Anne Valmas, the Director of Estonian Academic Library – 60

In Memoriam: Elfriede Kristal (1918–2001), a long-time manager of Kaberneeme library.

Milvi Juske (1930–2001), the text editor of Raamatukogu in 1990–1992.

2001 - 4, 3, 2, 1

2000 - 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
1999 - 6, 5, 4, 3, 2