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Barnabas Virag
Emerging International Voices

A choir leader and music librarian from Kodály Zoltán’s city, Kecskemét. 

Barnabas Virag © Robert Banczik What’s a library to you? 

Library provides authentic and up-to-date contents, furthermore, it helps orienting in a wealth of information. It is a social space that gives the possibility of meetings, brainstorming and exchanging of experiences to like-minded people through social programs.   

What’s the single most essential thing you need in your everyday work?

Computer with good Internet connection is a must for my work which is proven in case of power outage.  

What was the most memorable experience you ever had in a library? 

A 92-year old senior teacher regularly came to the music collection of our library. He copied sheet music into note books with great care, high precision and accuracy. It was touching when by replying to my question, he explained that he wanted to preserve these precious songs for his grandchildren, so he writes them down.   

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