Abstracts – 1/2015


The role of learning during career-building: school-based training


This study analyses the data on full-time, state-funded LIS students admitted into a BA or MA programme from 2011 through 2014.

In the next 5-10 years a generational change is expected, since about a quarter of librarians will retire. In order to replace them, 250-300 new graduates per year would be needed. The low number of new admissions foreshadows that LIS education will not be able to meet the needs of the labour market in the short term either.

The study draws attention to certain phenomena in training that may critically impact library education and the situation of new professionals.

Keywords: LIS education, LIS schools, Entry level librarians, Library policyDrowning in numbers…


Analysing admission data to LIS education at the BA and MA levels, broken down by LIS schools, from 2006 to our days (regarding both the number of applicants and those admitted to regular, correspondence, and evening courses, as well as to combined forms of education resp., being financed from grants, state funds or own sources) it can be observed that the number of those admitted was roughly the same in the first years, while there came a dramatic decline, from 2012, after setting the advanced-level GCE exam as requirement and decreasing the number of those receiving support from fellowship funds. The figures on training indicate negative trends. The author comments on proposals to optimise various forms of education.

Keywords: LIS education, LIS schools, Entry-level librarians, Library policy

Resources and tools of legal reference in Hungary. Part 2. Information services on legal practice and legal literature


Part 2 of the study describes information services on legal theory and legal practice. First, the Hungarian court systems and the types of court rulings are overviewed. The resources presented include periodical publications, collections of decisions, also in electronic format. The listing covers, in a new chapter, also historical sources of legal practice at courts, followed by the sources of legal literature.

Essential information on law is to be found in bibliographies, encyclopaedias, dictionaries, handbooks, professional journals, and – as specific sources – commentaries on and explanations of legal regulations, as well as files of sample documents. Electronic materials, first of all legal databases, assume a significant role too.

The first part of this study was published in Könyvtári Figyelő, 2015. no. 4. pp. 426438.

Keywords: Legal literature, Legal Reference, Parliamentary Library, Information tools

15 years of the EU Deposit Collection at the Library of the Hungarian Parliament


The EU Deposit Collection at the Library of the Hungarian Parliament is 15 years old. EU publications have changed a lot over this period. Initially, information could be obtained from printed documents only, while nowadays e-materials are accessible on many electronic platforms. Earlier, the Official Journal of the European Communities arrived in Hungary with considerable delay, and free access to the Celex database was granted only in the EU Deposit Collection and European Documentation Centres. Today, EU legislation in force is accessible in 24 official languages in the Eur-Lex database updated daily.

Keywords: Parliamentary Library, Special collection, Deposit Collection, EU, Information tools


To outsource or not to outsource? Library practice


Having clarified the concept of outsourcing the review presents British, Italian and Hungarian examples of its application in libraries. Calls attention to that during outsourcing libraries may act not only as clients, but also as service providers offering better-quality and more efficient services to users.

Keywords: Outsourcing, Review

A review of the progress of research into Tabula Hungariae

DANKU György

A recent publication presents the history of the first known printed map of Hungary issued in Ingolstadt in 1528, including many facets of producing and publishing this valuable source. This review summarises the opinions and interpretations provided by researchers of the topic, who contributed to identifying the creator of the map as well as to the research on the original manuscript of the map. The review evaluates the findings of relevant research and discusses the book’s formal merits and inadequacies.

Keywords: History of printing, Map, Hungary, 16th century, Book review


A dream of half a century. Building plans of the National Széchényi Library in the palace quarter of Józsefváros
in the first half of the 20th century

RÁCZ Ágnes

The museum collections housed in the building of the Hungarian National Museum, opened in 1846, including the national library, faced a serious shortage of space already in the early 1900s. The cultural government prepared several plans for the extension of the museum building and to adequately accommodate the library. The article covers the plans prepared in the period between 1906 and 1950, to extend and to move the library, as well as to raise a new building. Most of the plans envisaged the new location for the national library in some building of the so-called palace district in Józsefváros (Festetics, Esterházy or Károlyi Palace), or in the building of the National Riding Hall.

Most of these plans have not been implemented. Before moving to the Budavár Castle (in 1985) the national library was housed in the building of the National Museum, in the Festetics Palace, and in other parts of the city in leased premises. It has been an important issue ever since to solve the extension of the national library, or to find a new location for the institution.

Keywords: Building plan, Library building, Library history, National library


Oslo, Helsinki, Lyon, Brno. Conference mosaics from the period spring 2014 through January 2015


A report on four events: the annual conference held in Oslo during the Knowledge Organization Days about new ways of information retrieval, information management and classification; the professional meeting organized in Helsinki, advertised with the IFLA Presidential Theme „strong libraries, strong societies „; the meeting of young librarians in Lyon prior to the IFLA General Conference; and the BOBCATSSS conference in Brno, Czech Republic in January 2015.

Keywords: Cataloguing rules, Electronic materials, Metadata, International conference, Semantic web


Szinnyei and his followers

Szinnyei és követői. Id. Szinnyei József halálának 100. évfordulójáról megemlékező centenáriumi emlékkönyv. Szerk. Szőnyi Éva. Bp. OSZK, Gondolat, 2014.

(Reviewed by Sándor Szabó)

Keywords: Bibliography, Biography, LIS research, National bibliography of the newspapers, Review

A chronology of Hungarian librarianship. Volume 4

Magyar könyvtártörténeti kronológia 2008–2010 : pótlások, javítások, 996–2007.

4. kötet. Szerk. Gerő Gyula, közrem. Rácz Ágnes, Bp., OSZK, 2014.

(Reviewed by György Pogány)

Keywords: Chronology, Hungarian library history, Librarianship, Review

The history of the Pécs episcopal library

Schmelczer-Pohánka Éva: „Boldog idők! Amikor az értelem ilyen intézményekben támogatásra lel. [...] Egyik fény gyújtja a következőt.” A pécsi püspöki könyvtár története 1774–1945. Pécs, PTE Egyetemi Könyvtár, 2012.

(Reviewed by Judit Béres)

Keywords: Hungarian library history, Religious libraries, Review



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