50 Years of Finnish Public Music Libraries

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50 Years of Finnish Public Music Libraries


It took five decades to develop a nation wide system of public music libraries in Finland. The first music department was opened in Tampere City Library in 1958, and now, in 2008, there is a music department in almost 100 city libraries around the country.

We celebrated this development in October, in Tampere, of course, with about 100 music librarians and several guests. One guest was IAML's vice president Aurika Gergeleziu, who brought us international greetings--in Finnish, of course.

The celebration started with the unveiling of a new book about the Finnish history and future of music libraries. The Hiljaisuudesta nousi musiikki (Music Arose from Silence) anthology explores the origins of our public music libraries during the twentieth century (Kari Eloranta), the status of sound recordings in public libraries (Pekka Gronow), and the possible future of our services (Heikki Poroila). There are also several personal memories and a section of reality library quotes from the reference desks' everyday experience. In addition there is a bibliography of all music and music library oriented articles in Kirjastolehti (1919-2008), the leading Finnish library journal. …

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