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Editorial board: Malle Ermel, Mall Kaevats, Gerda Koidla, Aira Lepik, Reet Olevsoo, Ilme Sepp, Tiiu Valm, Anne Valmas


Dear colleague,

A piece by piece. And finished it is – a colourful work of stained glass for a Christmas present. In a season with so little daylight, such a shining window decoration is, by all means, an appropriate gift, which gives joy to both the one who delivers it as well as to the one who receives it.

Raamatukogu, a journal that offers its readership all kind of information, can also be likened to a colourful window. After all, it consists of side-by-side fitted pieces – of articles, which tone, and uniqueness depends on the knowledge, skills, and way of expression of their authors. Looking through their eyes, we frequently discover something completely new and revealing in the library world. However, the author should always not to be blamed, if a piece seems too blurred to a reader. There is a saying – beauty is in the eyes of a looker, which in the case of an article might mean that understanding of it depends on the previously acquired knowledge and attitude of the reader.

The authorship of our journal is constantly increasing, and that is why the picture the journal gives of our specialty widens and diversifies year by year. I would like to thank everyone who has intensified the colours in Raamatukogu and developed its uniqueness with his/her writings. The readers, publishers, publishing board, and, of course, our publishing group also have an important role in shaping the face of this journal. Only the cooperation is the basis for good results.

Every new journal number is an event. The day it is published seems brighter and better, and everyday life more promising. Alike the way blue, red and green patches of light gleaming through the stained glass force to find joy in a scarce winter daylight.

We all have our own source of strenght, and it is pleasant to share encouragement and goodness we receive with others, too.

I hope you enjoy the results of your good work the next year, too.

Ene Riet



Cultural Events in 2001: an Estonian Case Toomas Liiv
A contemplation on the Estonian culture trends of the passing year, traditionally published in the last journal number of the year. This year its treats the issues of the Estonian language.

Book Accessories Andres Langemets
The author ponders upon the question what we are allowed to, and what we must know about the author, origin, place and date of publication of a book. When censorship vanished in 1989–1990 the amount of Estonian print production tremendously increased. Numerous books have been published, and are published today without sufficient publishing accessories, and attaching these to a publication are a cultural and moral matter of the publisher. Authors often use pseudonyms which are especially difficult to define, and also a question arises – who are authorised to use a pseudonym, and who can reveal a person behind that pseudonym?


A Successful Year Kadri Haljamaa
The year 2001 was especially successful for school libraries. The organisation of school libraries’ work was regulated by a special decree; The Central Committee of The Year of the Estonian Book of the Government of the Republic of Estonia presented schools with interesting and useful books; a collection of articles, Kooliraamatukoguhoidja käsiraamat (A Manual for School Librarians), was published in cooperation of the Ministry of Education and the Estonian Librarians Association. The author of this article is convinced that the reason of school libraries’ problems is not insomuch the shortage of money, but the attitude of local authorities who do not value libraries.

The Library of Põlva Coeducational Gümnasium Külli Ots
The Library of Põlva Coeducational Gümnasium has got newly repaired larger premises where its 1,114 users are provided with a reading room loan possibility, and where they can also use a computer with Internet connection. Librarian’s work is made easier by using a library software, Kirjasto 3000. A head of the library, Tiia Ojanurm, parallelly is the chairperson of the section of school librarians in Põlva County. The article also gives a brief overview of the section’s activities.


The Accreditation of Information Science’s Curricula Sirje Virkus
On 28–29 March 2001 an internation expert commission accredited the Tallinn Pedagogical University’s curricula of diploma studies, baccalaureate, and studies for Master’s and Doctor’s degree in the LIS field. The decision came in force by the Decree No 189 of the Minister of Education of the Republic of Estonia, 15 May 2001. The article provides an overview of the concept, goals and main stages of accreditation, and characterises categories of being accredited.

Information about the European Union Liina Gross, Ave Punga
Providing the EU information is, both regionally as well as thematically, dispersed in Estonia. The article gives an overview of the EU information network in Estonia which consists of four large centres and 15 county information desks. The four larger centres – the Tartu University Library’s European Documentation Centre, the European Union Information Centres of National Library and the European Commission’s Delegation, and European Information Centre of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry – are introduced.


Earlier Livonian Maps Margit Tohver
An historical overview of the development of cartography and depicting Estonian territory on maps. Describing and studying maps and research of earlier history of Estonian cartography are more thoroughly treated. A number of 16th–18th centuries maps, drawn by eminent Flemish, Dutch, French, Polish, Swedish and German cartographers, have published in a portfolio Livonia: vanu Liivimaa kaarte Eesti Rahvusraamatukogu kaardkogust // Livonia: Earlier Estonian Maps from the Map Collection of the National Library of Estonia in cooperation of the National Library and an Estonian map production company, Regio Ltd.


An Estonian in New York: an Interview with Viktor Kõressaar Sirje Riitmuru
The interviewee has received his Master of Bibliography Degree at the Colombia University and worked for a long time at the Slavic and Baltic Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences Library of New York Public Library, at the present as a consultant for the Division. He talks about the Division’s acquisition principles, and the acquisition of Estonian literature.

Jüri Järs, Director of Tallinn Technical University, Margus Allikmaa, Chancellor of the Ministry of Culture, and Mart Meri, chairman of the Cultural Committee of Riigikogu, answer to the question do they consider the Estonian librarianship year 2001 successful.



Marketing and Quality Aira Lepik
The article gives an overview of changes in librarianship and marketing. It presents the analysis of user-oriented approach in librarianship and completely focuses on the relationship marketing which forms the basis for the market penetration of a library. The basic concepts of relationship marketing are closely related to the goals of quality management and control already implemented in libraries, and are the most extensively applicable for stategic planning of library activities. A library’ decision-making process springs from innovation and readiness to feel and acknowledge the need to raise through marketing not only the quality of library services but also of the whole organisation.


Self-reflection of the National Bibliography Sirje Nilbe
A critical review of a National Library of Estonia publication of 2001, Rahvusbibliograafia uuenevas infokeskkonnas // National Bibliography in a Changing Information Environment, compilated by Janne Andresoo and Silvi Metsar. The collection includes the conference material on the same subject, held in October 2000. The papers of Estonian participants are published in the Estonian language and summarised in English; the articles of guest speakers are presented in English and summarised in Estonian. The National Bibliography is a burning issue for libraries, because the national documents archiving and National Bibliography models which have been used for several last decades on more or less stable basis are now becoming obsolite in the whole world. New content, legal and technical solutions for improving the National Bibliography services are sought everywhere.


Libraries in the Knowledge-Based Society
An overview of the 3rd Nordic-Baltic Library Meeting, Libraries in the Knowledge-Based Society, held on 25–26 October in Tallinn, at the National Library of Estonia. At its four parallel sessions the library’s role in promoting education and science, the library’s future as an institution, new library services, and the principles and policies of resource sharing were discussed.

Autumn Mission to Tartu Maire Liivamets
About the opening event of the Library Days on 19 October in Tartu, which focused on the theme, Must a Library Sell Itself?

We Need Ackowledgement and Better Pay Ellen Arnover
About the Rural Library Day on 30 October in Paide. Though numerous subjects were discussed, the main issue was however budget problems. The brief overview also lists the best Estonian rural librarians of 2001.

Information Search Katrin Bobrov
A traditional Library Days contest, Information Search on the Internet, was held on 22 October. 34 employees of 19 libraries participated in the contest.


Academica V Malle Ermel
A traditional event of the Estonian-German academic week called Academica. An overview of presented papers.

Cultural Forum 2001 Ene Riet
A forum organised by the Estonian Public Management Institute on 26–27 September in Viljandi. The discussion focused on the following themes: Culture – to whom, and for what, Culture, money and management, and Cultural institutions in the changing time.

IFLA Annual Meeting in Boston Tiiu Valm, Janne Andresoo, Triin Soone
An overview of the 67th IFLA Annual Meeting Libraries and Librarians: Making a Differences in the Knowledge Age.

PULMAN Krista Talvi
An overview of a European Union project, Public Libraries Mobilising Advanced Networks (PULMAN), and Estonia’s part in it.

On 12 November, the Tartu City Central Library got a new director, Asko Tamme, who previously held the position of the Director of the Estonian Libraries Network Consortium.

In Memoriam:
Laine Peep (1932–2001) was the Director of Tartu University Library for 30 years (1962–1990). She initiated the erection of the Library’s new building which was opened to the public in 1982. During her directorship, the organisation of Library’s work was also developed: organising of regular scientific conferences with foreign participants was started, and publishing activities were intensified. Laine Peep took part in numerous conferences and published in several languages articles on library management, bibliography, information work, and reading psychology problems. For her work, she was awarded the honorary title of the Merited Worker in Culture of the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1975; the honour certificate of the Presidium of the Supreme Council of the ESSR and the prize of the Council of Ministers of the USSR.

Karin Sarv (1921–2001) worked in the Tartu University Library, Estonian Academic Library, and the National Library of Estonia. Besides that she trained future librarians at the Tartu State University and Tallinn Pedagogical Institute.

2001 - 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

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