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Good people,

Nobody can put a period to the discussion. Thus, I should like to intervene in the talk about librarians’ image, too. The viewpoint of Marju Rist, expressed in our previous journal number, radiated determination and fastidiousness. It appealed as a positive text to be published at the end of the year; however, it does not mean that I do not see things differently. In addition to that, the Minister of Culture’s article in an Estonian daily newspaper Eesti Päevaleht from 18 December 2002 posed me with a big problem. In my mind, she reproaches us for our wages – salary, adding that “the cultural development does not only depend on the increase and level of wages. The environment in which the art is created, presented and preserved also is extremely important.” Of course, wages are not relevant to that extent, but, unfortunately, men of culture value cultural environment, too. Their appearance, actions and attitudes are telling about the general view of the state more than it is desired. We can easily change a minister of culture and dismiss officials, but it is not feasible for even the most powerful politicians to thrust way people who carry our cultural thought. Society cannot manage without them. The birth of culture is mysterious and unpredictable, and there are a few creators. This concerns also people who mediate it to the public. When my colleague Marju repeats one of the principles of early capitalism that unhappy persons are not loved, she, at the same time, indicates to the public opinion, being shaped in Estonia. In my mind, men of culture should not intensify that. Culture is not created from bank notes, but a man of culture and living from the culture needs them for a worthy excistence that, in a turn, contributes to the productivity of culture. It also seems to me that at present not all librarians can rejoice and be contempt, because hierarchy in librarianship is developing; our attitute towards each other needs polishing. One library seems more important than another does; several decisions on librarianship from above have remained incomprehensible for those who carry them out. Some of minor, ever major leaders are more important than others, some jobs more resultful or valuable just for the position of their takers. Nevertheless, the role of a single person is not especially important in librarianship; we should equally serve our muse – culture. Explicitly – librarianship! And from this disparity that needs to be acknowledged the journey of happiness and bravery begins in our field; the amount of salary and position in a library proceed from it; sporadically painful struggle for a better position comes from it. This is the origin of the attitute towards us and our attitute towards each other and towards the state. Though equality does not exist on the earth, we should not tacitly bear inequality. Those who have fallen for some reason into the “back yard”, including professionally, also need understanding and protection. They also need acknowledgement, and I am not ashamed to say – remuneration. They also want to be happy.

Maire Liivamets



This is the Right Time to Discuss the Future. Krista Talvi

In 2003, the Estonian Librarians’ Association is celebrating its 80th anniversary and the 15th year of its refoundation. By its statutes, the association seeks three goals: the development of librarianship, improvement of librarians’ vocational skills and promotion of their professional interests. The author provides an overview of the activities of the association since its reestablishment. Today the association has over 700 members and several sections, committees, and working groups; it has effective cooperation ties both within Estonia as well as abroad; it is represented in IFLA. After every four years a congress of Estonian librarians, and, annually, a speech forum and popular library days have been taking place. The association’s prize for merits and annual prize are being awarded and the best rural librarian is being nominated every year. The association has published 13 yearbooks.


Art Libraries – To Whom and Why? Katre Riisalu

An overview of the everyday work at the Fine Arts Information Centre of the National Library of Estonia. The author tries to find an answer to the questions who are the users of art library services and what is an art library. The electronic databases on CD-ROMs, acquired by the National Library, are being introduced. The National Library of Estonia’s subject gateway facilitates the use of the Internet resources. The gateway draws together portals, journals published on the Web, electronically accessible reference books and the Web pages of the most important art organisations that provide reliable art information. Partnerships between art libraries are treated separately.

The Estonian Academy of Arts Library Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Elvira Mutt

The history of the library, established together with the State School for Applied Arts in 1914, can be divided into several stages. The 3rd stage began in 1995 when the Estonian Art University set a priority to develop the library. New premises with modern equipment were built, the library’s acquisition budget has been increased, and in 2000 the library joined a public electronic database.

About the Activities of the Association of Estonian Art Libraries. Mari Sibul

The association was established in 1999 with an aim to unite, coordinate and develop the activities of art libraries with various size and volume, and at different levels of collections. The member libraries started to pay each other visits to get acquainted with other libraries’ work organisation and collections. The coordination of collection acquisition is of top priority, in which a joint database plays a major role. Information about the activities of Estonian art libraries is provided on the association’s Web page (www.artun.ee/Viited/Eesti%20Kunstiraamatukogud/).

Modern Art Libraries in the Baltic Sea Region. Mari Sibul

An overview of a seminar of the art libraries in the Baltic Sea region on the above mentioned theme on 27-28 September 2002 in Tartu. It was the first attempt to bring together the representatives of Baltic art libraries. An idea to establish a Baltic art libraries association (ARLIS/Baltica) in the future, following the model of Nordic libraries who have founded their association (ARLIS/Norden).


For the Defence of the Bibliographic Database of Articles Index Scriptorum Estoniae. Toomas Schvak

A comment to the article on analytical bibliographic description issues, published in the previous number of the journal (Kruus, A., Klaassen, A. Artiklite andmebaasid jätkuvalt murelapseks // The Database of Articles – an Ongoing Problem, RK 6/2002, pp. 8-9) and a pronouncement of the National Library of Estonia’s standpoint in the Index Scriptorum Estoniae matters.


Performance Measurement: Indicators for Measuring Electronic Services. Anu Nuut

In 2000 an Estonian standard EVS-ISO 11620 Informatsioon ja dokumentatsioon. Raamatukogutöö tulemuslikkuse indikaatorid (Information and documentation – Library performance indicators), including indicators for library performance analysis, was drawn up. Because the standard is not comprehensive enough, the preparation of several complementary documents have been initiated. The article gives a detailed overview of additional performance indicators presented in a complementary document to a standard ISO/FDIS 11620:1998/DAM, their use and interpretation of their use.


Public Relations of Public Libraries. Ele Koitmaa

The article gives reasons why a public library should need public relations activities. It introduces four stages of planning the public relations activities that, while recurring, make up a public relations cycle. The most exploited public relations techniques in public libraries – exhibitions, library publications, special events, computer-based publishing and annual reports – are separately treated.


Working Class Libraries in the Independent Republic of Estonia. Piret Lotman

Public libraries that emerged in the West European cultural space after the social reforms of the 19th century had to promote technical education and to keep the working class away from social strains. Workers of the underindustrialised Estonia started to found their own libraries together with trade unions only during the first Russian revolution in 1905–1907. In the second decade of the century these libraries were either shut down or their collections passed over to other libraries. Libraries for educating the working class established by the initiative of factory owners were based on another kind of ideology – on the ideology of individual self-development. The article characterises one of the largest among them – the library of A. M. Luther’s mechanical woodworking plant.

Graduates from the Viljandi College of Culture in 2002



I Am Waiting for More Active Cooperation: an Interview with Ivi Tingre. Maire Liivamets

An interview with a long-standing councillor on library affairs for the Ministry of Culture (an inspector and a head of the State Inspectorate for Libraries), and the President of the Estonian Librarians’ Association in 1992-1994 about the past and the present day of Estonian librarianship.


The head of the Kabala library in Rapla county Hele-Mai Truuts, a librarian at the Orissaare library in Saare county Sirje Tarvis, head of the Lihula Town Library in Lääne county Ulvi Heinmaa and head of the Vastse-Kuuste library in Põlva county Mall Kõpp ponder upon the necessity for our library journal Raamatukogu.


Helene Johani –100. For approximately ten years she held the post of the director of the State Public Library of the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic (1944-1953), and was also a part-time chair of bibliograhy and assistant professor at the Chair of Bibliography of the University. She brought the teaching of librarianship into Tallinn, establishing the Chair of Librarianship and Bibliography at the Tallinn Pedagogical Institute, and was the chair’s assistant professor in 1965-1975. The Director of the National Library of Estonia Tiiu Valm ponders upon her mission as an inspirator; a researcher at the Tallinn Technical University Library Konrad Kikas speaks of the cooperation within the Committee for Profiling Research Libraries – at ‘the university in Kapi Street’; Vaime Kabur recollects the celebration of her 80th birthday; Mai Eha writes about her as her friend and teacher.


Memorializing Kreutzwald – A Life’s Work. Virve Ots

A long-standing researcher at the Kreutzwald Museum gives a detailed overview of the erection of a memorial (1926) and establishing a museum (1941) for an Estonian writer and a medical doctor Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald (1803-1882) in his home town of Võru, and of the role of a Võru school teacher Jakob Teder in memorializing Kreutzwald.


Friedrich Puksoo Day. Ene Riet

An overview of the 14th Friedrich Puksoo Day held on the 23 January. About the speech meeting and the assignment of the Friedrich Puksoo Prize. The prize of 2003 was awarded to Ene-Lille Jaanson for her decades-long research and publication work in the field of Estonian book and typography history.

Round Table of the Directors of Research and Special Libraries

On 5 December 2002 this round table was established at the association with an aim to restore cooperation between the libraries.

Information Day for School Librarians. Külli Kose

An overview of an information day for school librarians, held on 8 November 2002 at the National Library of Estonia, on the theme “Information work and user services in school libraries”.


The Estonian Academic Library Presented New Volumes of the Estonian Retrospective National Bibliography Tiina Aasmann, Sirje Lauring Vaska

An overview of the presentation of the 1.-2. volumes of the 4th part of the Estonian retrospective national bibliography Estonian-language periodicals 1766-1940, published by the Estonian Academic Library, at the library on 13 January 2003. The publication also includes a brief history of the compilation of Estonian retrospective national bibliography.

Juhan Peegel Pronounced the Kreutzwald’s Year Open. Ellen Arnover

An overview of the 46th conference of the Keutzwald’s Days on 19th and 20th December 2002. The conference draw public attention due to two events: the Kreutzwald’s year was pronounced open and a Latvian poet Astride Ivask handed over the Ivar Ivask’s Memorial Foundation’s grant (1,000 USA $ converted to EEKs) to Jüri Talvet, a foreign literature professor at the University of Tartu.


Hans Jürman – 80 – a long-term employee of the National Library of Estonia, who has been profoundly involved in Estonian library terminology generation and a long-standing member of the Estonian Librarians’ Association’s Committee on Terminology. Honorary member of the Estonian Librarians’ Association since 1996;
Konrad Kikas – 75 – held the office of the director of Tallinn Technical University Library for 33 years; at the present, the head of the library’s research and development service;
Heino Räim – 70 – a long-standing senior librarian at the Archival Library of the Estonian Literary Museum; a researcher of earlier printed publications.

In memoriam: Mari Kalvik (1937–2002) – a merited university lecturer and bibliologist; a long-standing member of the Estonian Librarians’ Association’s Committee on Bibliography.


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

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