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Estonian Librarians Association

The founding congress of the Estonian Librarians Association was held in February 1923 in Tallinn, with the participation of 54 librarians from all over the country. The congress was the first attempt to unite librarians in order to improve the quality of librarianship in Estonia.

The Association had only 17 years, from 1923 until 1940, to take action before the Second World War, and they started practically from zero: at that time the university offered no degree in librarianship in Estonia, there existed no state network of libraries and the libraries did not have their own buildings or rooms or financing. At schools and in the local communities librarians worked without salary. The first undertaking of the Association was to organize training courses for librarians. That began in 1924, and until 1940 they managed to give 36 courses.Read More...