STEM revolution in Croatian libraries: Micro:bits and a 3D printer now available to users of the National and University Library in Zagreb
In April 2018, the National and University Library in Zagreb (NSK) and the Croatian institute focusing on the development and growth of innovation among the young population (Institut za razvoj i inovativnost mladih, IRIM) signed a cooperation agreement aimed at the introduction of new technologies into libraries in Croatia, the education and training of both librarians and library users in acquiring digital skills and making available as part of library services such advanced tools and devices as micro:bits, 3D printers and other equipment stimulating learning and creativity.
Based on its crowdfunding project focusing on the introduction of STEM into libraries (STEM revolucija se nastavlja – knjižnice), the IRIM Institute provided varied advanced equipment for more than 100 libraries all across Croatia and donated to the National and University Library in Zagreb, for various educational purposes, 40 micro:bits and a 3D printer.
The National and University Library in Zagreb, as Croatia’s central library responsible for the development of the entire Croatian library sector and all libraries making part of it, will take part in monitoring the rate of inclusion of libraries in the Institute’s project and actively promote the wide use of digital technologies in library activities. As Croatia’s central university library, it will also make available the donated equipment to university students and faculty staffs as part of its lending services. Furthermore, the Library’s first workshop on using 3D printers, for libraries soon to receive them, will be organised by the end of April 2018.