Croatia’s higher education institutions unite as signatories of Cooperation Agreement on the Development and Management of the Croatian National Union Catalogue
On 28 May 2018, the National and University Library in Zagreb (NSK) hosted the signing of the Cooperation Agreement on the Development and Management of the Croatian National Union Catalogue.
Acting as the representatives of the signatories were Director General of the National and University Library in Zagreb Tatijana Petrić, Rector of the Croatian Catholic University Željko Tanjić, Envoy of the Rector of the University of Zagreb Miloš Judaš and deans of four faculties of the University of Zagreb, i.e. Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Vesna Vlahović-Štetić, Dean of the School of Medicine Marijan Klarica, Associate Dean for Research and Economic Cooperation at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture Dubravko Majetić and Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing Mislav Grgić.
In her welcome address, NSK Director General Petrić pointed out that the Croatian National Union Catalogue is the first and unique union library catalogue in Croatia which provides discovery services for print and electronic resources available in the catalogues of more than 45 academic and special libraries in Croatia, as well as the catalogue of the National and University Library in Zagreb, by far the most comprehensive among the included catalogues. Petrić further emphasised the Catalogue’s current scope, stating that it contains the consolidated and deduplicated metadata for more than 1,500,000 bibliographic records, at the same time providing information on the location of the requested item and availability status of the item’s individual copies in real time.
“The Croatian National Union Catalogue is a result of a joint contribution of all institutions taking part in the development of the national information infrastructure, and the National and University Library in Zagreb will continue to invest all of its efforts into further coordinating the Catalogue’s development, particularly through further integration of data on other Croatian libraries’ collections and the implementation of technical procedures associated with the transfer, consolidation and integration of this data into the Catalogue. The Catalogue’s greatest value comes from a synergy of all the included institutions’ joint efforts and cooperation between their dedicated librarians and other collaborators. Without the support of the leading officials at these institutions, the signatories of this Cooperation Agreement, this programme would not be possible and I therefore once again congratulate all on this valuable and successful undertaking,” said Director General Petrić. Concluding her address, Petrić added that in the future the Catalogue should cover all Croatian libraries regardless of the software or bibliographic format that they use and invited other Croatian universities to join the agreement’s signatories in further developing the Catalogue.
NSK Integrated Library System Adviser Dijana Machala described the Catalogue’s development, which started in June 2016 by the laying down and adoption of the Library’s official guidelines for the compilation of the national union catalogue (Smjernice za izradu skupnog kataloga). The operationalisation of these guidelines resulted in the launching of the Catalogue’s beta version in May 2017, based on the principles and objectives established as part of several research and development projects, i.e. NISKA (1997), NISKA II (2003) and A Model of the University of Zagreb Library System (2006).
Envoy of the Rector of the University of Zagreb Miloš Judaš also addressed all present at the signing ceremony, expressing gratitude to all who contributed to the Catalogue’s development.
The signing ceremony closed with a brief professional training programme for systems librarians administering the NSK Integrated Library System and their colleagues from libraries cooperating on the development and management of the Croatian National Union Catalogue.