Congress theme: “Libraries Now! - Inspiring, Surprising, Empowering”

Finnish Perspective: Maru’s world

Spotlight on the Local librarian of the day

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Maru PeltonenMarjukka (Maru) Peltonen, from the Tapiola Library in the Espoo City Library system is a charming volunteer at this IFLA congress. A very smiling person, she will help you to find the information you need quickly and with a touch of humour.

She says she is a geek as well as a children's librarian. “I'm a librarian because I love to be with people, learn, experiment and teach, and I always love a good story. I work with the future and love the way kids of all ages get excited about stories.”

Espoo City Library has 15 library branches, from very small ones to really big ones. More than 150 people and a dog, Börje are working in Espoo libraries.

“I appreciate the truly open attitude to trying out new stuff. We've been the first ones to propose to our customers to try new objects like tablets and smart phones”, states Maru. She worries about the future of the libraries; about the slowness of Finnish e-publishing and how their publishers haven't understood the potential of libraries as market place.

“Libraries are a place where people have a chance to familiarize and get addicted to the book in a new format”, she argues.