Access to Finnish libraries
Libraries.fi is a website which opens up a view to the world of Finnish libraries. A visit to the website offers basic information on the whole library field, videos on library activities and services as well as routes to the collections and contact information of different types of libraries.
Online visibility for libraries
In Finland, library web catalogs and websites are maintained by individual library authorities. Libraries.fi is a national function aiming at building up shared services for all libraries through projects and development programs. The goal is to offer one-stop access to all library services. We develop tools for all types of libraries. The services include e.g. websites for children and young people, a website focusing on music, online library television and radio which can all be integrated into individual library websites.
The Link library, The Ask a Librarian service and the search services as well as the library register all make it easier to navigate and find the right information online.
Current information for library professionals Libraries.fi edits and aggregates news from the library field and the individual libraries for the use of library professionals. We broadcast library events on television, make interviews, write articles and organize training for library staff. The focus lies on developing online skills and media education at libraries. The Finnish Kirjastot.fi and the Swedish Biblioteken.fi are extensive professional websites providing information, discussions plus an online calendar with library-related job openings, current events and news. The unit is, together with the National Library of Finland, working on the national networked library and helping public libraries rationalize production of their web services.
National and international networking Libraries.fi makes use of a modular and adjustable information technology architecture and network for content provision. The goals of the services are the same as the basic values of the whole Finnish library institution: user orientation, flexibility, openness and gratuitousness of services. The new services mainly make use of open source technology. We like to cooperate internationally in the library field. Meetings, joint development projects and advancing professional practices through discussions are part of our activities. Nimble project organization with state funding The Libraries.fi services are mainly produced with funding from the Ministry of Education and Culture and in cooperation with the Finnish library network. The development unit is part of the organization of the Helsinki City Library – Central Library for Public Libraries. In addition to library professionals, there are also IT and communications specialists working on the different projects.
Kirjastokaista – Library Video Channel
Kirjastokaista.fi is a web service available for everybody. It opens views for libraries, library field, literature and in a wider form to culture through videos and radio programs. At Kirjastokaista.fi you will find interesting librarians, changing cultural themes and numerous friends of libraries and cooperation partners. Programs of Kirjastokaista are divided to culture marketing- and culture programs designed for all the friends of libraries and literature as well as to contents that address the communication in library field and current contents inside the field. Welcome to watch, listen and utilize the programs of Kirjastokaista! Kirjastokaista is part of Libraries.fi-services.
Kirjastokaista website at http://www.kirjastokaista.fi/?lang=en
Finnish Libraries Now!
The introduction to Finnish libraries now can be found at http://now.libraries.fi/