ERIC Number: ED381171
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jun-27
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Estonia--Going Home Again: Returning to the Roots.
This paper provides background on The National Library of Estonia (NLE), discusses a fellowship project for developing the National Library, and presents the impressions of the author, an Estonian American, who traveled to Estonia. The NLE looks to the West for automation, information, and institutional modeling. The NLE is Estonia's equivalent of the Library of Congress, but with a broader historic role in training librarians; it is the mandatory depository library for all books and magazines published in Estonia. The NLE's mission is to provide, preserve, and make available Estonian literature. There is widespread "technological friendliness" among National Library staff and public and school libraries in Estonia; much that is new and current comes through donations from contacts abroad and in Estonia. The NLE has a full conference center; a cafe; foreign reading rooms; a plan for a childcare facility; exhibit space; handicapped accessibility; and an arts division with musical scores, CD's, and recordings of Estonian composers and conductors. A mainframe computer that connects its operations, management development, and library automation are some of the needs that have been identified by the NLE. The fellowship project called for teaching and training to help develop operations in Estonia's Parliamentary Information Department. There was particular interest in acquisitions policies, techniques of analytical research, library automation systems, access to worldwide databases, and a general review of U.S. librarianship. (AEF)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Speech given at the American Library Association Annual Conference (113th, Miami, FL, June 23-30, 1994).