Reading and Literature
- are running themes in this magazine as well as in library work. Methods and tools change, new formats emerge, but reading promotion remains a core task for libraries as well as building purposeful and versatile collections for public use. Lending of fiction is one of the most used library services.
In Finland lending figures are still high compared to the other Nordic countries. There are 18 library loans per capita and year, visits in the physical library have decreased, but virtual visits on library web sites show a rapid growth. There are state grants allocated annually for reading promotion in the physical library and on the web. There are many ways to promote reading. This issue presents a Scandinavian smorgasbord of motivating and inspiring examples.
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