Abstracts – 4/2016


Special libraries on the verge of tomorrow
Part 2: The system of Hungarian special libraries and libraries with national responsibilities


Könyvtári Figyelő (Library Review), vol. 26. (62.) 2016. no. 4. pp.471–487.

In the first part of this four-part series (Könyvtári Figyelő, vol. 26. 2016. no. 3. pp. 313–326.), the author described changing library trends, international organizations and the special library system in some European countries. In this second part he briefly presents the development of Hungarian special libraries from the eighteenth century to the present day, as well as their current situation and problems. The statistical data reveal that between 1990 and 2015, after the transition period, the number of service points was reduced to 25 per cent because of library closures, and the number of full-timelibrarians decreased as well. Nevertheless, after 1990, the number of librarians with higher education degrees increased significantly, while the number of those with secondary education decreased. The basic and priority tasks of special libraries with national responsibilities are regulated by the Decree of the Ministry of Human Resources 30/2014. (IV. 10.). The study summarizes the activities of ten of the eleven libraries listed in the decree’s Annex. The next part of the series will provide information about health libraries, the libraries of the research institutes of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) and other types of special libraries.

Keywords: Librarianship, Special libraries with national responsibilities, Research and special libraries

From ’librarian’ to ’librarian and information technology specialist’ – in the mirror of papers of the National Conference of Students doing Research (OTDK)

SIPOS Anna Magdolna

Könyvtári Figyelő (Library Review), vol. 26. (62.) 2016. no. 4. pp. 488–499.

In 2002, in Hungarian library education the area of study was renamed from library sciences to “library sciences and information technology”. The author analysed the topics of the winning papers of the National Conference of Students doing Research (OTDK) in the period 1997 through 2015, whether they reflect the changes in the profession, and justify the relevance of this name change. The analysis covered essays from ten competition rounds of the bi-annual conferences. The author has been present at these conferences since 2007 both as a consultant professor and as an evaluator, so her findings are based on personal experience. The papers reviewed were classified into three thematic groups: 1) libraries and information technology; 2) traditional library activities; 3) historical papers. The titles of papers indicate a diversity and wide choice of topics. Besides traditional library themes new topics were added to the curriculum and specialized issues related to information science and technology came to the foreground. It was also found that the use of IT in libraries has become established in library education, and is in the focus of attention of students. It can be concluded that it was justified to change the speciality’s name. In addition to presenting achievements, the author draws attention to some potential themes not yet covered, and offers a list of current topics waiting for research.

Keywords: LIS students, Analysis, Library education, Research, OTDK

Talent management. Library students at the National Conferences of Students doing Research


Könyvtári Figyelő (Library Review), vol. 26. (62.) 2016. no. 4. pp. 500–511.

The 48th annual conference of the Association of Hungarian Librarians (AHL; in Veszprém, 7-9 July 2016) focused on building relationships, co-operation and community development, in short, on the power of libraries in building communities. The lecture upon which this article is based was held at the meeting of the Social Sciences Section of AHL and covered two broad topics. It dealt with the students’ research work in so-called students’ scientific circles, and the participation of LIS students at the National Conferences of Students doing Research and their achievements. From among libraries first of all higher education libraries can be the partners of talent development organizations. Cooperation between students, faculty and librarians is both a challenge and an opportunity for all parties. Those students with good abilities who are involved and professionally supported in this contest will be more successful and happier in life and will expectedly advance science. The libraries involved are fulfilling their mission.

Keywords: LIS students, Higher education institution, Talent management, Research, OTDK

An era of change. The use of EU-related e-materials in reference work in the Library of the Hungarian Parliament


Könyvtári Figyelő (Library Review), vol. 26. (62.) 2016. no. 4. (e-only)*

The reference activities in the EU Deposit Library, Budapest have recently undergone changes. E-materials are becoming increasingly used in reference about the European Union’s history, policies, institutions, legal regulations, etc. The article describes relevant databases, repositories, catalogues and portals that provide free access to the full-text materials of EU institutions. (For an earlier article on this subject see: http://ki.oszk.hu/kf/2015/05/az-europai-unio-leteti-gyujtemeny-15-eve-az-orszaggyulesi-konyvtarban).

Keywords, E-materials, EU, Parliamentary library, Reference, Law



Könyvtári Figyelő (Library Review), vol. 26. (62.) 2016. no. 4. pp. 512–522.

In this series the staff members of the Department of Library and Information Science at the Eötvös Loránd University present the edited and commented version of career interviews found in the legacy of the former Head of Department, Krisztina Voit. These, till now unpublished interviews were made sometime in the eighties with great personalities of Hungarian librarianship. This interview is with Sándor Kozocsa, a prominent bibliography editor at the National Széchényi Library, the father of the current bibliography of Hungarian literature history, an outstanding expert in his field. The interview is complemented by a biography, career path, selected bibliography of works and notes.

Keywords: Bibliographic work, Bibliography of literature history, Library profession, National library, OSZK


Librarians in V4 countries answering the challenges of digital age

DANCS Szabolcs

Könyvtári Figyelő (Library Review), vol. 26. (62.) 2016. no. 4. pp. 523–535.

The article provides an overview of the lectures at the conference “V4 libraries in the decoy of digital age”, held in Brno in May 2016. The author, who read a paper at the conference himself (on the activities of the Committee on Standardization at the National Széchényi Library), reviews primarily those important developments and examples that may be transferable into Hungarian practice. The chapters follow the themes of sections: strategic issues, opportunities for co-operation (with examples from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia); copyright aspects of digitization (with examples from Sweden, the Czech Republic and Poland); centralized virtual tools/portals.

Keywords: International co-operation, Digitization, International conference, Standardization, Brno

Public libraries and services for refugees
(Summarized by Lajos Murányi)

Könyvtári Figyelő (Library Review), vol. 26. (62.) 2016. no. 4. pp. 536–540.

In 2015, the members of the IFLA Public Libraries Standing Committee published a collection of good practices from European libraries on library services for refugees. Libraries provide a variety of services for children and adults which are essentially similar in European countries. They help refugees to access information and education; provide on-site use and Internet access, as well as rooms and materials for learning languages; and occasionally invite social workers to provide legal advice.

Keywords: Refugees, Public libraries, Best practices


Research 2.0

Koltay Tibor – Z. Karvalics László – Spiranec, Sonja: Research 2.0 and the future of information literacy. London, Chandos, 2015.

(Reviewed by Judit Hajnal Ward)

Könyvtári Figyelő (Library Review), vol. 26. (62.) 2016. no. 4. pp. 541–543.

Keywords: Information literacy, Information society, Information services to research, Research, Web, Book review

Big data, little data, no data

Borgman, Christine L.: Big data, little data, no data. Scholarship in the networked world. Cambridge, Ma., MIT Press, 2015.

(Reviewed by Tibor Koltay)

Könyvtári Figyelő (Library Review), vol. 26. (62.) 2016. no. 4. pp. 544–546.

Keywords: Data, Case study, Research, Information services to research, Web, Book review

The first printing house in Mosonmagyaróvár: the workshop of Sándor Czéh
and Son

Helle Mária: A vásári céduláktól az agárszakkönyvekig. A magyaróvári Czéh-nyomda kiadványainak bibliográfiája 1836–1909-ig. Budapest, OSZK–Gondolat, 2015.

(Reviewed by Lajos Murányi)

Könyvtári Figyelő (Library Review), vol. 26. (62.) 2016. no. 4. pp. 547–549.

Keywords: History of printing, Hungary, Cultural history, Book review


Könyvtári Figyelő (Library Review), vol. 26. (62.) 2016. no. 4. pp. 551.–592.

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