Nacionalna i sveučilišna knjižnica u Zagrebu http://www.nsk.hr/en Thu, 24 May 2018 12:58:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Online booking form for guided group tours of the Library http://www.nsk.hr/en/online-booking-form-for-guided-group-tours-of-the-library/ Thu, 10 May 2018 07:46:20 +0000 http://www.nsk.hr/en/?p=48560

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Croatia a member state in the newly elected ISSN Governing Board http://www.nsk.hr/en/croatia-a-member-state-in-the-newly-elected-issn-governing-board/ Wed, 09 May 2018 13:25:00 +0000 http://www.nsk.hr/en/?p=48540

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A new ISSN Governing Board was elected at the 22nd meeting of the ISSN International Centre General Assembly, held on 26 and 27 April 2018 in Paris, France. Included as the member states in the newly elected Governing …

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A new ISSN Governing Board was elected at the 22nd meeting of the ISSN International Centre General Assembly, held on 26 and 27 April 2018 in Paris, France. Included as the member states in the newly elected Governing Board are Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Germany, Mauritius, Sweden, Tunisia, the UK and the US, with the International Cooperation Adviser at the National and University Library in Zagreb Jasenka Zajec voted in as the representative of Croatia.

The ISSN International Centre is an interstate institution that coordinates the activities of the international network for the identification and assignment of the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN), which is used as an identifier for serial publications and other continuing resources regardless of their country of publication, language or script, publication frequency, medium, as well as of whether they are currently issued, their issuing has been discontinued, or they are to be issued in the future. Furthermore, the Centre provides identification tools for member states, maintains and updates the ISSN Register and coordinates the network of national ISSN centres in 90 countries.

The ISSN Portal includes over 2,000,000 records for serials and other continuing resources issued on all types of media, and it annually grows by more than 70 000 records. Although its entire content is available by subscription, part of it may be used free of charge.

Croatia has been a member of this international system since 1992, with the ISSN Centre for Croatia operating as part of the National and University Library in Zagreb.

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Kliofest 2018: NSK hosting the fifth Croatian history festival http://www.nsk.hr/en/kliofest-2018-nsk-hosting-the-fifth-croatian-history-festival/ Fri, 04 May 2018 15:39:23 +0000 http://www.nsk.hr/en/?p=48293

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From 8 to 11 May 2018, the National and University Library in Zagreb will be hosting Kliofest 2018, the fifth Croatian history festival, which will open at the Library’s grand lobby on 8 May 2018, starting at 11:00. …

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From 8 to 11 May 2018, the National and University Library in Zagreb will be hosting Kliofest 2018, the fifth Croatian history festival, which will open at the Library’s grand lobby on 8 May 2018, starting at 11:00.

The festival, which has been named after Clio, the Greek patron of history and the Muse that inspired poets in their writing of heroic epics, has several purposes – it wishes to bring closer history as a scientific field to its visitors and the general public, popularise publishing in the field of historiography and affiliated sciences, encourage debate among historians on relevant issues in the field and bring into focus their place and status in general in present-day Croatian society.

The programme of this year’s Kliofest brings plenty of roundtables dealing with a wide array of themes from history, including book launches and an accompanying book fair. The roundtables will be addressing issues ranging from a retrospective analysis of historical events on the eve of the Croatian Spring (Studentsko proljeće 1968. – pedeset godina kasnije), through the 1948 conflict between the President of former Yugoslavia Tito and Stalin (Titovo „ne“ Staljinu ili Staljinovo „ne“ Titu?), to the now somewhat forgotten “Great War”, i.e. World War One, the centennial anniversary of whose ending we are marking this year.

Some forty Croatian publishers will present their publications in the field of history and affiliated sciences and offer them at affordable prices. Books that will be presented as part of the festival’s programme will bring into spotlight a great variety of themes from both Croatian and European history, e.g. the history of Croats from the Danube region, controversial issues regarding Yugoslavia’s history, Croatia’s medieval period, the European Holocaust, etc. (Leksikon podunavskih Hrvata – Bunjevaca i Šokaca; Povijest podunavskih Hrvata (Bunjevaca i Šokaca); Nikada više Jugoslavija. Intelektualci i hrvatsko nacionalno pitanje (1929.-1945.); Jugoslavija u istorijskoj perspektivi; Jasenovac – manipulacije, kontroverze i povijesni revizionizam; Leksikon hrvatskoga srednjovjekovlja; Pričajte to svojoj djeci. O Holokaustu u Europi 1933.-1945.).

Participants in the festival will include many notable Croatian historians such as Hrvoje Klasić, Damir Agičić, Neven Budak and Ivo Goldstein, as well as prominent guests from abroad – political leader of Croats in Serbia Tomislav Žigmanov, Serbian historian and former politician Latinka Perović, etc.

Apart from the presentation of awards for the most significant contributions in historiography, the festival’s programme will include three exhibitions – an exhibition by the Zagreb Model Engineering Federation (Zagrebački maketarsko modelarski savez) featuring the history of aviation (Zrakoplovstvo od početka do danas), another one by Dinko Župan, presenting the educational system in 19th-century Croatia from a learner’s perspective (Biti učenik u Hrvatskoj u dugom 19. stoljeću), and a special exhibition by the students of the School of Applied Arts and Design in Zagreb aiming to prevent us from forgetting the memory, and lessons, of the First World War (Veliki rat – zaboravljeni rat?).

Acting as co-organisers of the festival are the Croatian National Committee for Historical Sciences (Hrvatski nacionalni odbor za povijesne znanosti), Croatian History Society (Društvo za hrvatsku povjesnicu), National and University Library in Zagreb, Croatian History Teachers’ Association (Hrvatska udruga nastavnika povijesti), Croatian State Archives (Hrvatski državni arhiv), Croatian Institute of History (Hrvatski institut za povijest), Croatian Ethnological Society (Hrvatsko etnološko društvo), Bogdan Ogrizović City Library (Knjižnica Bogdan Ogrizović), Department of History at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb (Odsjek za povijest Filozofskog fakulteta Sveučilišta u Zagrebu), Mikołaj Kopernik Polish Cultural Association (Poljska kulturna udruga “Mikołaj Kopernik” u Zagrebu), the Kliofest association, Croatian Publishers’ Reprographic Rights Association Zana (Udruga za zaštitu prava nakladnika “Zana”) and Publishers and Booksellers Association of the Croatian Chamber of Economy (Zajednica nakladnika i knjižara Hrvatske gospodarske komore).

Learn more about Kliofest 2018 (Croatian text only).

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Week of Europe in Croatian Museums http://www.nsk.hr/en/week-of-europe-in-croatian-museums/ Fri, 04 May 2018 08:45:44 +0000 http://www.nsk.hr/en/?p=48239

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From 7 to 13 May 2018, the Representation of the European Commission in Croatia, Technical Museum Nikola Tesla and Archaeological Museum in Zagreb are jointly organising Week of Europe in Croatian Museums, which will be taking place as …

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From 7 to 13 May 2018, the Representation of the European Commission in Croatia, Technical Museum Nikola Tesla and Archaeological Museum in Zagreb are jointly organising Week of Europe in Croatian Museums, which will be taking place as part of the national European Year of Cultural Heritage programme.

Apart from the museums organising this programme, free entrance will be offered at four other major Croatian museums – Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Arts and Crafts, Croatian Museum of Naïve Art and Memorial Center Dražen Petrović.

Besides marking the European Year of Cultural Heritage, organised for the purpose of raising awareness among the wider European public of the social and economic importance of cultural heritage, this programme will also mark Europe Day (9 May), the anniversary of the adoption of the Schuman declaration, which resulted in the establishment of a community representing the forerunner of the European Union, as well as the anniversary of the founding of the Council of Europe (5 May) as an international organisation established with the aim of upholding human rights, democracy and the rule of law in European countries.

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Quote 3.5.2018. http://www.nsk.hr/en/quote-3-5-2018/ Thu, 03 May 2018 08:26:36 +0000 http://www.nsk.hr/en/?p=48203

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Libraries should be open to all – except the censor.

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Libraries should be open to all – except the censor.

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Opening hours from 30 May to 1 June 2018 http://www.nsk.hr/en/opening-hours-from-30-may-to-1-june-2018/ Wed, 02 May 2018 09:40:19 +0000 http://www.nsk.hr/en/?p=48163

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On Wednesday, 30 May 2018, the Library will close at 21.00 and reopen on Friday, 1 June 2018, resuming its regular opening hours.

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On Wednesday, 30 May 2018, the Library will close at 21.00 and reopen on Friday, 1 June 2018, resuming its regular opening hours.

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“Fiofest 2018”: Celebrating Croatia’s musical heritage as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage http://www.nsk.hr/en/fiofest-2018-celebrating-croatias-musical-heritage-as-part-of-the-european-year-of-cultural-heritage/ Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:18:07 +0000 http://www.nsk.hr/en/?p=48067

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Marking the anniversary of the birth of Dinko Fio, Croatia’s notable 20th-century folk song collector, composer, conductor and music educator, the National and University Library in Zagreb (NSK) is organising the second Fiofest concert. By establishing a tradition …

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Marking the anniversary of the birth of Dinko Fio, Croatia’s notable 20th-century folk song collector, composer, conductor and music educator, the National and University Library in Zagreb (NSK) is organising the second Fiofest concert. By establishing a tradition of music events in honour of this distinguished Croatian maestro, the Library wishes to promote the work of a man who deserves everlasting credit for his contributions to Croatian culture, bring closer to the wider public Croatia’s folk traditions, provide opportunities for their modern interpretation and encourage the use and evaluation of valuable resources preserved as part of the its Music Collection.

For many decades, maestro Fio (28 April 1924 – 2 November 2011) dedicatedly collected Croatia’s folk songs, thus saving this valuable heritage from oblivion. By reworking and including them in the repertoire of the choirs, klapa singing groups and arts-and-culture associations that he cooperated with, Fio made them fully alive in the context of contemporary Croatian music. He donated his legacy to the Library’s Music Collection, which he frequently visited throughout his life.

The Fiofest 2018 concert programme will include performances by Zagreb-based klapa singing groups Slavić, Obilanca, Ćakulone, Figurin, Bošket, Nostalgija, Sagena, Euterpa and Petrada, Poj from Samobor, and Prvi komin Snježanin, with special guests, the members of a one-time Children’s Choir of Radio-Television Zagreb (Dječji zbor Radiotelevizije Zagreb), which maestro Fio successfully led as choir master between 1961 and 1975 and with which he won the first prize at the 1961 world children’s choir competition in Lille, France.

Croatia’s folklore tradition is its national treasure, but also the treasure of Europe. The old folk songs from its coastal region make an especially valuable part of that treasure, whose significance has been reinforced by the inclusion of klapa multipart singing on UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The organisers of Fiofest wish it to grow into a biennial festival of Dalmatian klapa songs and in this way become an event with a long tradition focusing on the preservation and promotion of this part of Croatia’s musical heritage. This year’s Fiofest, which is financially supported by the Croatian Ministry of Culture, is organised as part of the national programme marking the European Year of Cultural Heritage.

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Croatian libronauts successfully complete Croatian Book Night 2018 mission http://www.nsk.hr/en/croatian-libronauts-successfully-complete-the-croatian-book-night-2018-mission/ Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:39:47 +0000 http://www.nsk.hr/en/?p=47907

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The symbolic launching of the #NoBooksNoFuture Rocket at the National and University Library in Zagreb marked the seventh edition of Croatian Book Night, a national annual programme regularly held under the auspices of the Government of the Republic …

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The symbolic launching of the #NoBooksNoFuture Rocket at the National and University Library in Zagreb marked the seventh edition of Croatian Book Night, a national annual programme regularly held under the auspices of the Government of the Republic of Croatia and Croatian Commission for UNESCO at the Croatian Ministry of Culture and aimed at the promotion and popularisation of books and reading, as a way of celebrating World Book and Copyright Day (22 April) and Croatian Book Day (23 April).

The opening programme included addresses by the Special Envoy of the Croatian Prime Minister and Croatian Minister of Culture Nina Obuljen Koržinek, Croatian Minister of Science and Education Blaženka Divjak and Director General of the National and University Library in Zagreb Tatijana Petrić.

This year’s Croatian Book Night programme, which addressed issues surrounding the future of the book, was presented, on behalf of the Book Night organising committee, by Nenad Bartolčić, a representative of Knjižni blok – Inicijativa za knjigu, a pro-book association, and Moderna vremena, a books-and-culture-oriented web portal. Croatian Book Night 2018 was held in almost 300 cities and towns all across Croatia, with as many as 669 participating institutions and individuals, which prepared 1,187 different events. It is particularly encouraging, from the perspective of the sometimes seemingly so uncertain future of books, that as many as 190 primary schools, 26 kindergartens and many secondary-school and higher education institutions took part in this year’s programme.

The opening programme included the presentation of the results of the latest survey of Croatia’s book market. According to the results, which were presented by Tamara Kraus, from the GfK market research agency, in the past year 56% of the Croatian citizens read at least one book. Population with reading habits above the average standard mostly come from Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, and the northern coastal regions, and it predominantly includes people with higher education degrees, younger population and women. Books are still mainly borrowed, with fiction and prose works being the most read and poetry and comic strips being read the least. The survey also indicated that during the last three months every fourth Croatian citizen purchased at least one book. When it comes to the latest reading technologies, although 72% of the citizens have access to such technologies, they nevertheless mostly use it for reading the digital editions of newspapers and varied content made available as part of online portals and not for either reading or purchasing e-books.

Željka Miščin, from the Croatian Library Association, presented Marrakesh Treaty: Why Is It Important?! (Ugovor iz Marakeša: zašto je važan?!), a special exhibition prepared through the Association’s cooperation with the Croatian Library for the Blind and the National and University Library in Zagreb. The exhibition, authored by Miščin and organised as part of I WISH TO READ TOO!, a national campaign for persons with print disabilities, highlighted the importance of the EU Directive 2017/1564, which makes it necessary for all EU countries to integrate into their national legislations the provisions of the Marrakesh Treaty in order to enable access to all types of copyrighted works, in both print and electronic form, for blind, visually impaired or otherwise print-disabled persons.

President of the Croatian Association of School Librarians Vanja Jurilj presented the award-wining works of primary- and secondary school students selected through this year’s special art competition as part of which the young contestants had to express their ideas on how they see books, readers and book-and-reading spaces in the future (Ubaci knjigu u vremenski stroj!). Out of altogether 176 submitted works by students from 37 primary and 11 secondary schools in 15 Croatian counties, young authors proclaimed as winners were Joel Žnidaršić, from the primary school Jabukovac in Zagreb, Petra Musladin, from the primary school Ivan Gundulić in Dubrovnik, Domagoj Jaman, from the economics secondary school in Vukovar and Marijana Bratanić, from the technical secondary school in Bjelovar. Apart from the award-winning works, the competition jury selected several other works to be digitised and presented as part of the special virtual exhibition on the Book Night website during May 2018.

Mišo Nejašmić, from the Publishers and Booksellers Association of the Croatian Chamber of Economy, presented Book Friendly (Prijatelj knjige), the Book Night initiative’s latest project, aimed at business entities not strictly making part of the “book sector”, but which could greatly contribute to and at the same time profit from the promotion of books and reading. Based on clearly defined criteria, places such as social clubs, cafés, restaurants, hotels, etc., will be assigned a special Book Friendly rating, which will be displayed on a bilingual label and indicate to visitors that the place is reading-friendly, whether in terms of it offering books or providing reading-stimulating conditions and atmosphere.

Leon Gospodarić, a young Croatian musician, gave a special performance as part of the opening of this year’s Book Night, which Minister Obuljen Koržinek termed a high-profile Croatian cultural brand.

The organisers of this year’s Croatian Book Night were again the Publishers and Booksellers Association of the Croatian Chamber of Economy, National and University Library in Zagreb, Zagreb City Libraries, Knjižni blok – Inicijativa za knjigu pro-book association, Publishers’ Reprographic Rights Association – ZANA (Udruga za zaštitu prava nakladnika) and Moderna vremena, a books-and-culture-oriented web portal, together with the Croatian Association of School Librarians, which joined Croatian Book Night’s organising team for the first time.

Croatian Book Night 2018 was organised with resources provided by the Publishers’ Reprographic Rights Association – ZANA (Udruga za zaštitu prava nakladnika), Croatian Ministry of Culture and the City of Zagreb.

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“Green Libraries for Green Croatia” takes Earth Day 2018 a step further http://www.nsk.hr/en/green-libraries-for-green-croatia-takes-earth-day-2018-a-step-further/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:35:47 +0000 http://www.nsk.hr/en/?p=47801

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As a way of marking this year’s Earth Day, which has been celebrated worldwide on 22 April since 1970, the National and University Library in Zagreb brings the thought-provoking and action-inspiring messages of Croatia’s scholars and participants in …

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As a way of marking this year’s Earth Day, which has been celebrated worldwide on 22 April since 1970, the National and University Library in Zagreb brings the thought-provoking and action-inspiring messages of Croatia’s scholars and participants in Green Libraries for Green Croatia, the Library’s ongoing project launched in 2016 for the purpose of popularising among its users, as well as among the wider public, issues concerning the protection of the environment. Announcing Let’s Go Green, the world’s first international conference on green libraries which is organised by the National and University Library in Zagreb as part of this project, this is what they have to say to us all:

Two billion people, around more than the quarter of the world’s population, are active Facebook users, while five new profiles are created every single second. The global social network connecting millions of people may only profit from all of us accepting the repeated “friend requests” from planet Earth and replying to her many messages!

Professor Nada Zgrabljić Rotar, University of Zagreb

Evolution’s experiment, tentatively titled “human”, has so far yielded confusing results. On the one hand, there is self-centredness, isolation and destructiveness, while on the other, we may witness the rise of cosmic consciousness and an unspeakable wealth of art and knowledge. Is Mother Earth able to endure all the whims of its most intelligent child? We do not know that, and it seems better not to test Her.

Mladen Tarbuk, composer, conductor, physicist and educator

Studying Earth’s magnetic field, which most people are not aware of, while some do not even know that it exists, you realise how fragile everything is. Gently wrapped around the earth and undetected by our senses, it protects it from harmful radiation from the Sun and enables the kind of life that would be impossible without it. Without it, many forms of life on our planet would be destroyed, while the impact of that on humankind could very easily include extinction. As opposed to such destruction, radiation deflected by the magnetic field creates spectacular scenes of the polar lights in the planet’s atmosphere, reminding us of Earth’s invisible hand that protects us. We should by all means repay our unique planet by doing our most and best in protecting it back. It most certainly deserves our greatest efforts in this respect!

Berti Erjavec, Institute of Physics, Zagreb

Let us be a species that will expand into space, and not the cause of the sixth mass extinction.

Nenad Raos, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb

Stars are not eternal, therefore planets orbiting around them are not suitable for sustaining the same form of life indefinitely. On the other hand, in our galaxy there are many planets like Earth and it is possible that one day life like the one on our planet will be transferred to one of them. However, this cosmic prospect of the existence of a surrogate earth does not in any way mean that we may carelessly “spend” this one. Considering that possible new earths are very distant and still very much out of our reach based on the current technology, we should be fully aware that this earth is still the only home for many generations to come and that their very existence directly depends on the way we (will) treat the environment.

Dario Hrupec, Department of Physics, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek

However hard we try and search the expanse all around us, we know that we have only one planet at our disposal. The day dedicated to planet Earth reminds us of how much we are connected to each other, to other living beings and how much we all depend on the natural environment sustaining life – from the conversion of the Sun’s energy into sugars through photosynthesis to a party on a nice sunny day in good company. But in the 21st century, it is absolutely necessary to remember the earth much more frequently than on that one day and come together to detect the root causes of a dangerously erroneous split between Nature and Society characterising the current planetary crisis. The flood of plastic and the existential uncertainty plaguing the younger population are two sides of the same coin, i.e. the culture of forced growth marking our global economy. Libraries, as places of preservation and transfer of knowledge, are ideal for studying growth and degrowth in the context of the pressing issues that our planet is facing today. The Let’s Go Green conference will be an opportunity to present which steps libraries are taking to daily help us remember the earth as something much more than a static background for the sometimes so careless cultural vivacity of humankind.

Mladen Domazet, Institute for Political Ecology, Zagreb

The so often used “save the planet” phrase is in my opinion very inexact and, what is more, perfectly embodies the very consequence of the self-centredness and its accompanying superiority complex that our civilisation is severely suffering from. We consider ourselves so dominant and important that we are capable of subjecting the entire natural world to our insatiable demands. However, it is precisely ourselves, both in civilisational and biological terms, that we are endangering the most by actions resulting from such destructive and reckless attitudes. We are the most vulnerable part of the global ecosystem, with our entire civilisation being nothing more but a fragile construct. We therefore have to “grow over” ourselves, finally, and make full use of all the available intellectual potential, of which there is plenty, to come up with solutions leading to true self-sustainability. Some of them are already in use, others are currently being developed, while yet others are only starting to loom on the horizon. Despite everything, I hold that we, as a species, are capable of building a sustainable society.

Nikola Biliškov, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb

During the development of their own intelligence, humans have increasingly been overlooking the intelligence of the biosphere that permeates every single form of life, from a tiny bacterium to a mighty tree, from blue-green algae to humans themselves. This amazing tangle, the life force that successfully sustains the entire ecosystem based solely on solar energy, is key for our survival. In order to survive, humans will have to embrace nature’s intelligence and start cooperating with it again. That is the only way for our planet to remain home to future generations and welcome them in a better state than we have found it in.

Bruno Motik, Green Network of Activist Groups (ZMAG), Zagreb

The fate of planet Earth must not be reduced to mere caring for the environment. If only that was so easy. Psychoanalyst and political activist Pierre-Félix Guattari rightfully warned that there is not a single ecology, but at least three, in terms of the ecology of the environment being inseparable from the ecology of the mind, which, in its own, is equally inseparable from the ecology of society. In this context, every attempt to neglect one of them at the expense of the other, or the other two, is doomed to failure. If we are striving towards real change, we have to turn our backs to narrow-minded egocentricity and our messianic impulse, and fully embrace genuine ecocentricity, which is characterised by sym-poiesis, the collective and immanent creation of unlimited finiteness, or, “staying with the trouble”, as US feminist Donna J. Haraway puts it.

Andrej Radman, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands

Take the marking of this year’s Earth Day a step further and be part of the Let’s Go Green international conference this November!

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3, 2, 1…and Croatian Book Night 2018 lifts off! http://www.nsk.hr/en/3-2-1and-croatian-book-night-2018-lifts-off/ Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:25:29 +0000 http://www.nsk.hr/en/?p=47718

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On Monday, 23 April 2018, at 12:00, the National and University Library in Zagreb (NSK) will host the “lift-off” of this year’s Croatian Book Night, whose seventh edition is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the second manned …

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On Monday, 23 April 2018, at 12:00, the National and University Library in Zagreb (NSK) will host the “lift-off” of this year’s Croatian Book Night, whose seventh edition is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the second manned spaceflight mission of the space programme Apollo 8 as part of which the first men in history were sent into orbit around the Moon. Also marking the anniversary of two ground-breaking SF films, Franklin J. Schaffner’s Planet of the Apes and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, the 2018 Croatian Book Night programme highlights many questions and issues surrounding the sometimes not so bright future of books.

The “lift-off” programme will include the presentation of the results of the latest survey of Croatia’s book market, conducted by the GfK market research agency, which will provide valuable insight into the reading habits of Croats, their tendency to borrow and buy books, and other details revealing how interested in books they actually are, in which context, according to those already acquainted with the survey results, there is every reason for optimism.

The programme will also include the opening of Marrakesh Treaty: Why Is It Important?! (Ugovor iz Marakeša: zašto je važan?!), a special exhibition organised as part of I WISH TO READ TOO!, a national campaign for persons with print disabilities conducted by the Croatian Library Association. The purpose of the exhibition, which is authored by Željka Miščin, is to call attention to the significance of the implementation of this treaty – adopted in 2013 to facilitate the creation of accessible versions of books and other copyrighted works for visually impaired persons – in Croatia, as well as of the inclusion among the beneficiaries of this treaty persons with reading disorders such as dyslexia. Acting as the exhibition co-organisers are the Croatian Library for the Blind and the National and University Library in Zagreb.

President of the Croatian Association of School Librarians Vanja Jurilj will present the award-wining works of primary- and secondary school students selected through this year’s special art competition as part of which the young contestants had to express their ideas on how they see books, readers and book-and-reading spaces in the future (Ubaci knjigu u vremenski stroj!).

The members of the Croatian Book Night Organising Committee will present Book Friendly (Prijatelj knjige), the Book Night initiative’s latest project. Aimed at business entities not strictly making part of the “book sector”, but which could greatly contribute to and at the same time profit from the promotion of books and reading, the project defined criteria based on which places such as social clubs, cafés, restaurants, hotels, etc. will receive a special Book Friendly rating, which will be displayed on a bilingual label and indicate to visitors that the place is reading-friendly, whether in terms of it offering books or providing reading-stimulating conditions and atmosphere.

Croatian Book Night fans already have the opportunity to witness the building of a Book Rocket, which is currently being put together in the lobby of the National and University Library in Zagreb for the purpose of making as strong as symbolic a message that the future without books is out of the question.

This year’s Croatian Book Night offers a record number of programmes in as great a number of cities and towns all across the country. Thus, 284 Croatian cities and towns will host as many as more than 1,130 different programmes and events, organised by over 625 institutions and organisations (libraries, bookstores, publishing companies, educational institutions, institutes, cultural centres, hospitals, museums, writers’ associations), and book-loving individuals. It should be specially emphasised that this year, apart from many secondary schools and higher education institutions, as many as 188 primary schools and 26 kindergartens will be taking part in the programme, which is particularly encouraging in the context of sometimes seemingly so uncertain future prospects of the book.

The organisers of Croatian Book Night are again the Publishers and Booksellers Association of the Croatian Chamber of Economy, National and University Library in Zagreb, Zagreb City Libraries, Knjižni blok – Inicijativa za knjigu pro-book association, Publishers’ Reprographic Rights Association – ZANA (Udruga za zaštitu prava nakladnika) and Moderna vremena, a books-and-culture-oriented web portal, together with the Croatian Association of School Librarians, which joined Croatian Book Night’s organising team for the first time.

Learn more about Croatian Book Night 2018 (Croatian text only).

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