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Editor - ENE RIET, Second Editor MAIRE LIIVAMETS, Text Editor ELLEN ARNOVER, Designed by KERSTI TORMIS


Dear colleague,

The year has passed fast and brought along significant changes for our libraries. And only the future will tell if all rearrangements have been reasonable and necessary.

For our journal, I think that the year 2002 has been successful. There was less talk about the journal not striving towards as wide readership as possible, and it being economically unprofitable. Such policy of indifference is reproached to a major bulk of cultural publications.

Because of that it was so refreshing to read from the cultural annex Areen of an Estonian newspaper Eesti Ekspress an article about the present situation of cultural journalism. This front cover story, written by a media lecturer Tiit Hennoste, assures that every journal of culture has its target readership that is defined by the publication’s concept. If the target readership is too small, the journal cannot be profitable and the state subsidy has to continue. Thereby, the journal should conduct reader surveys, publicise itself to the readers, and take into consideration the reader’s solvency (“Kontseptsioone oodates” [Waiting for Concepts], Eesti Ekspress, 14 November 2002).

The printing of Raamatukogu has remained stable for years and it seems that we have reached the top in the number of our subscribers. Price certainly plays its part in this, and it has to be stated that we have not been able to rely on the almost empty purse of libraries; however, stable income has to be guaranteed for steady existence.

We owe gratitude to everyone who has, in spite of hard times, remained loyal to the Raamatukogu. I want to thank our major supporters the National Library of Estonia and the Ministry of Culture and, in the passing year, also the Cultural Endowment of Estonia. Our cooperation with the European Union Information Secretariat has been smooth.

Its authors determine a journal’s content. The Raamatukogu cannot complain of its authorship any more. Every number of the year has had its share of the pieces by Estonian prominent persons of culture and politicians that add value to our publication. It is delightful that the quality of contributions from librarians has also increased. A reason for this has certainly been the need to express one’s thoughts in the written form in regular work.

We, editors, have only to worry about that everything necessary for the improvement of our readership’s professional and cultural knowledge is published. You have to decide, are we a step ahead of our readers.

Looking forward to the pleasant cooperation in the next year,
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 also treats the financing of culture.

About the Librarian’s Image: from the View Point of a Self-confident Library Practician Marju Rist
The present working environment, work content and professional requirements for librarians totally differ from the ones ten years ago. Only the prestige of librarian’s profession shows no sign of change, partly caused by the attitude of librarians themselves: they are passive and submissive. The author resumes the piece with a belief: we need to be beautiful, bold and, first and foremost, happy, because we have an interesting and necessary job, and let the others know it, too.


Databases Used in the Information Services for MPs Marju Rist
The National Library of Estonia’s Centre of Information Services for MPs has dealt with the selection and procurement of databases for over ten years. The article presents selection criteria of databases. Both online databases accessible at the Centre as well as CD-ROM databases owned by the Centre are described in detail.

The Database of Articles – an Ongoing Problem Aurika Kruus, Anne Klaassen
An answer to an article Research Bibliography – From a Printed Publication to a Database? by Ene Loddes, published in Raamatukogu No. 2/2000. The authors agree with Ene Loddes that the present situation in the registration of bibliographic records of articles needs to be improved and also intoduce their own pros and cons of the change of this important system (or nonsystem).


About the Remuneration of Rural Librarians’ Work Sirje Bärg
A paper of the head of Kose-Uuemõisa Library, and also the leader of Estonian Librarians’ Association’s Rural Libraries’ Section, presented on 30 October at Jõgeva where rural librarians’ day was held. Among other issues, the speaker focused on library acquisition. On the basis of research done by the Estonian Librarians’ Association’s Acquisitions Working Group, an Estonian rural library is able to procure only 10% of published literature for want of money.
A survey of Estonian rural librarians’ wages, conducted by the Estonian Librarians’ Association’s Rural Libraries’ Section in May 2002, proved that rural librarians are underpayed and their wages do not correspond to their contribution. Earnings and education should be tallied. The workload of librarians and its evaluation criteria make up another problem. A proper system of further education for librarians with higher professional education, however having graduated five or ten years ago, should be worked out.

Is There a Model Library in Vinni-Pajusti Ere Tammeorg
The 7th UNET: UNESCO Model Library Network’s meeting, titled Lifelong Learning and Your Library was held in Canada in September. An Estonian Vinni-Pajusti Library also participates in the UNET project. The project aims to create model libraries which content and user services will correspond to the requirements presented in the UNESCO Public Library Manifesto. The arcticle gives an overview of the doings in Vinni-Pajusti to meet these requirements.


Only Time Will Tell! Anne Rande
A paper of the conference on the reading at school Is It a Forced Love?, held in Tallinn, 28 October 2002. It introduces the Estonian Children’s Literature Information Centre’s observations, opinions, standpoints and proposals of basic pupils’ reading.


What Is New in Statistics: an International Standard ISO 2789 : [2002] Anu Nuut
The reviewed international standard Information and documentation – International library statistics provides guidelines for libraries and providers of information services how to collect statistics and provide statistical reports in the electronic environment. The article introduces the standard and gives explanations about its main part and three annexes.
An information in brief New in standardisation has been added to the article.



Estonian School Libraries’ Statistics in the Academic Year 2000–2001 Heli Priimets


In What Is an University Student Interested Anne Veinberg
Recently the proportion of university students among the readers of the Estonian Academic Library has quickly grown – in 2001 university students and candidates for an academic degree made up approximately 40% of the libraries’ readership. The articles provides an overview of a reader questioning of university students in 2001; library loans by students is analysed by dicipline, paying individual attention to the preferences of major universities’ students.


Torquato Tasso’s Jerusalem Delivered in the St. Olai’s Library’s collection Marita Paas
An article for celebrating the 450th anniversary of the first library of the town of Tallinn, Bibliotheca Revaliensis ad D. Olai, founded in 1552. The collection included mostly spiritual literature. Among a few books of belles-lettres, the earliest and the most beautiful of them include an epic on The First Crusade Jerusalem Delivered by Torquato Tasso (1544–1595), the greatest writer of Italian Renaissance.


I Read Myself a Librarian: an Interview with Tiina Kull Maire Liivamets
An interview with Tiina Kull, who has been working in the library of Adavere for 30 years and was valued as the best librarian of Jõgeva county in 2002.


The head of Estonian Emigree Literature Department of Tartu Public Library Tiina Tarik, a leading specialist of Valga Central Library Kristi Simpson, a leading specialist of Viljandi Town Library Linda Sarapuu and the head of Foreign Literature Department of Tallinn Central Library Ludmilla Kapatsõna ponder upon librarianship and life in general.


Library Days “Reading Permitted”
Library days already took place in 2002 for the twelf time, initiated by the Estonian Librarians’ Association. This time, the Association’s cooperation partner was the Estonian Children’s Literature Information Centre.
The article provides an overview of the opening of the library days on 21 October at the Conference Hall of the National Library of Estonia, children’s literature quiz, Estonian Book Day events on 23 October, information day About the Possiblities of Using Electronic Information, the 2nd rural librarians' day where the best rural librarians of 2002 were announced and an information search contest 2002.


Working and Rest Time Act Heli Naeris
Comments on the legal act which came into force on 1 January 2002.


Learning and Research Activities Move into Digital Environment Ellen Arnover
An overview of an international conference From a Printed Publication to a Digital One, held on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Tartu University Library on 12–15 October 2002, where library research and development, and digital environment issues were treated both in general as well as from the aspect of a certain library’s work routine.

A Book Science Conference in Vilnius Tiiu Reimo
An overview of an international book science conference Book Museum: State-of-art and Trends of Development, where the necessity and possibilties of establishing Lithuanian book museum and general problems in promoting book history were talked about.

The NAPLE was Established Meeli Veskus
An overview of a conference of 33 European states’ national authorities for public libraries, held on 3–4 October in Coopenhagen. At the conference an association of representatives of national authorities for public libraries in European countries (National Authorities for Public Libraries in Europe – NAPLE) was established to intensify public library cooperation in Europe.

The Estonian Book Needs to Be Preserved Maire Liivamets
A brief overview of the Oskar Kallas Day (the 19th Estonian Book Science Conference), held on 25 October at the Estonian Literary Museum.

An Estonian Story Tiina Ritson
An overview of an exhibition Kalevipoeg. An Estonian Story at the Rare Book Department of the National Library of Estonia. It exposes all Estonian-language volumes of our national epic Kalevipoeg, including school editions and retells.


In Memoriam:
Merike Kaljumäe –
a long-standing employee of the Estonian Repository Library
Viktor Kõressaar – a long-standing employee of the Slavic and Baltic Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences Library of New York Public Library. Also published acticles on linguistics, literature, history and mythology; has held the post of Estonian Culture Foundation in the United States.

An Addressing of the Year of Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald and the Dates of Major Events Mihkel Volt

Evi Rannap – 70.
A long-standing Chair of Library and Information Science at the Information Sciences Department of Tallinn Pedagogical University, a professor; the President of Estonian Librarians’ Association in 1988–1991.

2002 - 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
2001 - 6, 5, 4, 3, 2,

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