Current activities and services of the National Library of Estonia for Estonian public libraries

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Presentation by Anneli Kuiv, R & D Coordinator at the Reserach and Development Centre, National Library of Estonia (NLE). Outlines collaborative partnership working processes between the NLE and pulic library services in Estonia.

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Current activities and services of the National Library of Estonia for Estonian public libraries

  1. 1. Current activities and services of the National Library of Estonia for E stonian public libraries Anneli Kuiv R&D coordinator Research and Development Centre National Library of Estonia
  2. 2. The topics: <ul><li>Estonian public library network </li></ul><ul><li>Public library legislation </li></ul><ul><li>National Library of Estonia (NLE) as development centre of Estonian librarianship : NLE services for libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperation between NLE and public libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Innovations in public libraries </li></ul>
  3. 3. Estonian public library network & legislation <ul><li>Public libraries are subordinated to the local authorities and governed by the Ministry of Culture </li></ul><ul><li>Council of Estonian Public Libraries (1999) </li></ul><ul><li>P ublic Libraries Act (1998, amended in 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>10 42 libraries in Estonia incl 56 6 public libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Central library in every county (15) + 5 central city libraries </li></ul>
  4. 4. Number of public libraries in administrative units
  5. 5. Functions of NLE and R&D Centre <ul><li>Functions of National Library as national library , as parlamentary library, as humanities and social sciences library and as research and development institution </li></ul><ul><li>(National Library of Estonia Act, 1998) </li></ul><ul><li>Function of the Research and Development Centre of NLE – as development centre of Estonian librarianship (Statutes of the National Library of Estonia, 2006) http://www.nlib.ee/17568 </li></ul>
  6. 6. http://www.nlib.ee > FOR LIBRARIES
  7. 7. NLE as development centre of Estonian librarianship <ul><li>Services and activities for libraries: </li></ul><ul><li>Library statistics </li></ul><ul><li>Training of librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Standardisation </li></ul><ul><li>Terminology </li></ul><ul><li>Library journal Library </li></ul><ul><li>Information Sciences Reading Room </li></ul>
  8. 8. Public libraries’ statistics <ul><li>56 6 public libraries (493 main libraries, 73 branches) of 10 42 libraries in Estonia </li></ul><ul><li>1365 librarians in public libraries (of total ~3300) </li></ul><ul><li>411 375 users (~30% of population) </li></ul><ul><li>over 5,9 million visits </li></ul><ul><li>over 11,2 million loans </li></ul><ul><li>Collections: 95% books, 50/50 fiction/by subject </li></ul>
  9. 9. Services for libraries: training <ul><li>Continuing education </li></ul><ul><li>~ 20 courses-training sessions a year, </li></ul><ul><li>600-700 participants of lis-professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Training areas: customer service, management, information literacy, information technology, adult education, Estonian literature etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Professional training (vocational training) </li></ul><ul><li>started 2006, 5 modules, 600h programme, e-learning in WebTrainer, 25-30 people educated each year </li></ul>
  10. 10. Services for libraries <ul><li>Standardisation </li></ul><ul><li>Dictionary of library terms </li></ul><ul><li>Library journal Library </li></ul><ul><li>Information Sciences Reading Room </li></ul>
  11. 11. Cooperation between NLE and public libraries <ul><li>Previous activities (joint projects): </li></ul><ul><li>PLDP, PubliCA, PULMAN, CALIMERA etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Current cooperation: </li></ul><ul><li>- Union database ESTER http://ester.nlib.ee/ </li></ul><ul><li>- bibliographic database of articles ISE </li></ul><ul><li> http://ise.elnet.ee/ </li></ul><ul><li>- databases of local bibliographies </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperation within consortia and association </li></ul>
  12. 12. Innovations in public libraries <ul><li>Use of blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Use of Skype </li></ul><ul><li>User training to the unemployed </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>skype: annelikuiv </li></ul>

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