Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Finland

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Finland

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Membership, Board, and General Assemblies

The branch has 64 members, of which 52 are institutional and 12 individual. The board consists of 13 members, officials being Pirjo Hakuni (Tampere City Library) as vicechairman, Heikki Poroila (Vantaa City Library) as treasurer, Jaakko Tuohiniemi (Helsinki University Library) as chairman, and Jyrki Valto (Kirkkonummi Public Library) as secretary.

The Autumn meeting of the branch was held on 27 November 2009 at Entresse Library of Espoo City Library, which has a special emphasis on immigrant services, while the Spring meeting was held on 5th March 2010 at Tikkula Library of Vantaa City Library, and included a visit to the HelMet Music Reposity.

Seminars

Since our branch was established in 1979, we now had a good opportunity to celebrate our 30th anniversary: on 6 October 2009 we organised (with generous help of Helsingin sanomat, the largest newspaper in Finland) a seminar titled Music Libraries in Media at Sanomatalo in Helsinki. The aim of the seminar was to discuss about the invisibility of music libraries in media and to try to find some ways to change the situation. Our invitation to leading Finnish music journalists brought an interesting combination of speakers and panelists who all praised the music libraries - though the expected great growth of actual journalistic texts and television clips is still awaited ...

Spring 2010 brought another large-scale gathering, this time at the Main Library of Tampere City Library on 9 April. Together with the Music Library Working Group of the Finnish Library Association we arranged a seminar on collection policy in public libraries. The subject is most controversial, as collections are the very basis of libraries (at least in traditional thinking) and as collection development is dependent on yearly budgets (which tradionally are never generous enough). Due to the varied ideologies "behind the desk", there is a place for important discussion what is good, worthy and suitable to acquire--and especially why! …

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