There’s more than one team in Tallin

For a long number of years there’s been a great connection between the UK and colleagues in Scandinavia, which was the catalyst for an Anglo-Scandinavian conference. It was always referred to in rarefied tones and accessible by invitation only. Like good things it came to an end, to be picked up as a Twin Cities Conference by Finland, Estonia and Scotland. The energy behind the partnership is Barbro Wigell-Ryynanen of Finland’s Ministry of Culture, Meeli Veskus her Estonian equivalent and Elaine Fulton, Director of CILIPS/SLIC. The first conference exchange took place in 2007 to Helsinki and Tallinn. The second conference and study tour took place in Scotland in 2008. In 2009 the conference was held in Helsinki and Turku in Western Finland and next week’s conference is based in Estonia. Each conference has included a conference programme with speakers from partner countries and an enormously interesting study tour of libraries.

Next week the conference is about library marketing and promotion and includes Alan Watkin from Wrexham talking about Wales – a national promotional strategy for Libraries, CILIPS President Alan Reid on the Love Scottish Libraries campaign, Dr Audrey Sutton from North Ayrshire on their web 2.0 photographic project North Ayrshire’s Yesterd@ys, Alison Hunter from East Lothian talking about branding and West Lothian’s Jeanette Castle looking at libraries as community hubs.

The study tour includes visits to some stunning libraries. Here’s a taste of what we’ll see.
Tallinn Central Library’s branch library Nurmenuku library
Tallinn University of Technology Library
Pärnu Central Library
The Library of University of Tartu Pärnu College
Viljandi City Library
University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy

I’m looking forward to finding out more about the library marketing and promotion from the wide range of speakers, seeing these fabulous libraries and meeting up with colleagues from previous visits.
Rhona Arthur, Assistant Director

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