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Developing e-services for children and youth in Tallinn


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A description of children's electronic services provided by Tallinn Central Library. Presented by Triinu Seppam at the CILIPS Centenary Conference Branch and Group Day which took place on 5 Jun 2008.

A description of children's electronic services provided by Tallinn Central Library. Presented by Triinu Seppam at the CILIPS Centenary Conference Branch and Group Day which took place on 5 Jun 2008.

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  • 1. Developing e-services for children and youth in Tallinn Central Library Triinu Seppam Tallinn Central Library Director of Library Services 05.06.2008
  • 2. ESTONIA TALLINN - CAPITAL OF ESTONIA: Population: 1 340 600 Population: 401 372 (01.01.2008) National structure : - Estonians: 52,3 % - Russians: 38,5 % - Other nations: 9,2 % Population by age: - 0-14: 14,6 % - 15-64: 70,7 % - 65+: 14,7 %
  • 3. Tallinn Central Library (1907) - Central library (the main building), the Department of Literature in Foreign Languages, 18 branch libraries and a mobile library “Katarina Jee”. - Altogether 118 librarians (including administration) 2007: - readers: 62 381, inc. 11 396 children - visits: 823 851, inc. 160 698 children’s visits - virtual visits (homepage): 231 173 - loans: 1 409 905, inc. 146 952 for children
  • 4. Library’s homepage for children (2007) Information about: - how to become a reader - how to use the library - events (calendar, picture gallery) - most popular books - webpages for children etc. Children can: - test their knowledge about the library (question form with immediate feedback) - give grades to drawings - read instructions how to make cards, bookmarks etc. - print out and paint pictures, finger puppets - write their own stories (one story has many authors – one starts the story and other continue it) - solve MITI puzzles (answer questions, crosswords, games) - change thoughts about different topics in forum
  • 5. Children’s online catalogue (2007) 6 main themes and subthemes: 1. For little ones: learn words and numbers; with capital letters; my day, fairytales 2. Nature: pets; wild animals; aquatic animals; birds, plants 3. Free time: sports and games; making things; technics; beauty tips; magic 4. Human body: my body; hygiene; first aid; feeding; birth 5. Different stories: family stories, school stories; about friendship; fantasy novels; exciting stories 6. About the world: Estonian history; history; atlases; geography, space
  • 6. Virtual exhibition (2007) Content: - history of Tallinn Central Library (main building and branch libraries) - timeline (the most important dates) - memoirs of the daughter of the first library’s director (how they lived in the library) - bibliography of Tallinn Central Library - pictures of librarians - library events in 2007 (concerts, contests etc) - library jokes
  • 7. Web Diary of the Department of Music (2008) - Movable Type Open Source (IV)→ allows to translate, design and develop the environment Content: - events organized by the Department of Music - other music events in Tallinn and near Tallinn - readers can comment the writings (about events, record reviews, criticism, concert experiences, philosofical thoughts about music at general etc) and be the authors as well (have to make an account and get the rights from the Music Department) - users can add photos, links to videos, interviews etc. - get information about other music blogs (in Estonia and elsewhere)
  • 8. Internet workstations’ reservation system (2008) * At this time – testing period Content: - To reserve the computer from the internet You have to be the reader of Tallinn Central Library - linked with the library system Millennium and computer management system CafeDog to identify the user - At the main page: internet workstations search (main building, branch libraries); reserving and cancelling - Search: - Quick search: date and available computers - Extended search: parameters (speed of the processor etc), additional options (ID-card reader etc), programs (OpenOffice etc)
  • 9. Web forms (2006-2008): - Interlibrary loan request form - Information request form - Guest books (main page, children’s page, virtual exhibition) - Library’s newslists - Access to My Ester*est~S1/top - Mobile library service for institutions (schools etc)
  • 10. THANKYOU!