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Thursday 28.8.2014: Farewell Evening

After rushing back and forth, we had the farewell evening in Pikku-Iita restaurant downtown. Iisalmi City Library’s former director Ullamaija Hirvonen warmly welcomed us to enjoy the last evening together. During the evening we heard swinging jazz moods performed by Sopeva Quartet and wistful melodies of Debussy which the principal of Upper Savonia Music Institute … Continue reading

Thursday 28.8.2014: Guided tour of the Sonkajärvi Municipal Library

Sonkajärvi Municipal Library is one of the Rutakko Networks libraries. Sonkajärvi is situated about 20 minutes’ drive from Iisalmi. The library director Eeva Keränen started the tour by presenting some facts about municipality and the library. The most important operator in library space in addition to the library is the communal college which provides dozens … Continue reading

Thursday 28.8.2014: Visit to the Savonia University of Applied Sciences Iisalmi Campus

After the visit to Genelec we hurried to the Savonia Iisalmi campus where library’s information specialist Kari Huttunen told facts and figures about the University of Applied Sciences and the Iisalmi campus library. He told that all the university and university of applied sciences libraries in Finland are open to public – and loaning is … Continue reading

Thursday 28.8.2014: Press Meeting and Visit to the Genelec headquarters

The day started with a press meeting. Journalist Pirjo Nenola representing local newspaper Iisalmen Sanomat asked our guests about their experiences and impressions of Iisalmi and Finland in general.  The article was later published with a photo of our smiling guests. After the meeting we headed to Genelec headquarters http://www.genelec.com/. The company has operated for … Continue reading

27.8.2014: Evening at the Pärttyli Cottage

After the seminar was over, it was time to relax. We took our guests to Pärttyli Cottage, where we had food, performances and sauna. The real star of the evening was author Jyri Paretskoi whose debut novel “Shell’s Angles” won the prestigious Topelius Prize for best Finnish book for youths. Jyri has already published a … Continue reading

Wednesday 27th of August: Learn!

Wednesday 27th of August was the Learn! day of the Iisalmi meeting. Our purpose was to offer our guest a comprehensive picture of some of the most interesting developments in the Finnish library field. In this task we were fortunate enough to receive help from very interesting and skillful lecturers: Jarmo Saarti is one of … Continue reading

Tuesday 26.8.2014: A Guided Tour in Juhani Aho Museum, the Koljonvirta Historical Area and the Gala Dinner

Next we hopped on to the bus and the City guide Iikka Kauppinen took us to a journey to the world of interesting little facts of our city. We learned for instance that the city is surrounded by waters and also we were told about the important characters of the city history. Firstly, we arrived … Continue reading

Tuesday 26.8.2014: A Tour in the City Library of Iisalmi

The librarian of the adult department Tuomo Lindfors held a short presentation about the facts and figures of the City Library. The guests were interested in the acquisition funding and the state’s support system to the public libraries in general. Librarian Marja Kettunen guided us through the children’s department where we learned about the collection: … Continue reading

Tuesday 26.8.2014: The Visit in Cultural Centre and Nature Museum

Then we were taken on a tour to the Iisalmi Cultural Centre http://www.iisalmi.fi/In-english/Services/Cultural-Services . We learned about the operational environment and the different operators in the Centre. The guests had a chance to learn how to play the Finnish zither (kantele) and how to freely improvise while playing. The teacher of Finnish zither told about … Continue reading