The National and University Library in Zagreb publishes the 14th issue of its journal, “The Voice of NSK”
By publishing The Voice, the Library wishes to present its activities, special programmes and accomplishments in the field of information and library sciences as well as in science and culture in general.
In this issue’s interview, conducted by the journal’s editor-in-chief Davorka Pšenica, the guest of this issue, the Croatian Minister of Culture Nina Obuljen Koržinek, reflects on issues surrounding the current status of books and book industry and libraries and library profession in Croatia. Considering the forthcoming public debate on the adoption of the new Library Act, the interview was an opportunity to discuss with the Minister topics such as the social position and funding of libraries as well as the contemporary ways of organising library activities and modern library development strategies.
The Feature section brings a sequel to the article in the previous issue on eResources: Improving access to electronic resources offering scientific and specialised information, a project aimed at the securing of financial resources for the national acquisition of electronic academic databases in the period between 2016 and 2020. The National and University Library in Zagreb at the centre of the acquisition of electronic information resources at the national level by Alisa Martek and Sonja Borak presents in greater detail the online databases and electronic journals collections available as part of the NSK Portal of Electronic Resources.
In 2017, the Library commemorated two significant anniversaries. One of them was the 400th anniversary of the death of Faust Vrančić, which the Library marked by its Faustus Verantius of the Renaissance (Renesansni Faustus Verantius) exhibition, on which occasion Šime Strikoman, a notable Croatian photographer, made another of his well-known millennium photographs and the latest in his series inspired by the most famous of Vrančić’s many projects and inventions, i.e. the parachute (Homo volans – padobran Fausta Vrančića). The other jubilee, the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, was marked by the Library on 31 October, Reformation Day, through the presentation of a facsimile edition of Artikuli ili Deli stare krstjanske vere, a valuable 16th-century work printed in the Glagolitic alphabet making vital part of the Reformation tradition, which it published in cooperation with the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Osijek. In this feature on the Croatian leaders of the Reformation movement and its legacy in Croatia, Stanko Jambrek offers a unique Croatian perspective on this globally significant anniversary.
The Library’s Croatian National Union Catalogue of Academic and Research Libraries, whose beta version was launched in 2017, is presented in a special feature by Dijana Machala and Marko Orešković, as part of the journal’s In the focus section.
This issue’s Cooperation section presents three different, but nevertheless equally interesting and culturally and socially relevant Library’s projects. Vedrana Juričić, from the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and NSK Digital Library Adviser Sofija Klarin Zadravec, together present Znameniti.hr, a web portal bringing together in one place data on the most notable figures in Croatia’s culture, science, art and public life, along with providing access to the digitised versions of their works. Ana Rubić and Sandi Antonac present NSK Green Festival, a special Library’s programme that it organised and hosted in September 2017 as part of Green Library for Green Croatia, the Library’s ongoing project we covered in the previous issue, and organised in cooperation with the Croatian Library Association’s Working Group for Green Libraries. Held under the slogan Let’s Go Green, the Festival tried to bring closer to its users and the wider public a wide range of environmental issues. Dobrila Zvonarek presents The River in Seven Stories, an exhibition dedicated to the River Krka and jointly organised by the Library and Krka National Park as yet another chapter in the Green Library for Green Croatia project.
In this issue’s NSK treasures section, Head of the NSK Map Collection Mira Miletić Drder presents The Novak Collection, an inestimable cartographic collection of Drago Novak, a physician, scientist and lover and lifelong passionate collector of old maps, especially that of Croatia and its regions, which became part of the Library’s Map Collection, the largest heritage collection of cartographic material in Croatia, in 2012.
A great variety of events, exhibitions, book launches, conferences and scientific symposia, marked the second half of 2017. They are all presented in the latest issue of The Voice of NSK, with some of them being covered in greater detail in its Major events section. These include a feature by Dunja Marija Gabriel on the 11th Croatian Conference on Public Libraries, which was held in Crikvenica in October and whose programme addressed a wide range of issues related to public library network(s) and the need for building a stronger national and international cooperation between public libraries. A feature by Dijana Machala presents Library Data: Interoperability, Linking and Exchange, the Library’s scientific symposium held in November as part of the 2nd annual conference for users of the Integrated Library System of the National and University Library in Zagreb and Croatian Academic and Research Libraries and organised for the purpose of bringing attention to the significance and role of library data in the development of the contemporary digital society and the national e-infrastructure. Finally, a feature by Breza Šalamon-Cindori, presents Is digital disruption the new normal? Building a successful future through information and digital literacy, a lecture by Dr Gillian Hallam, Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, held at the Library in September.
The issue includes the presentation by Sofija Klarin Zadravec and Dragana Koljenik of Greetings from Zagreb, the first mobile application launched by the National and University Library in Zagreb and developed through its cooperation with the Blue factory IT company, with the support of the Zagreb Tourist Board. The application users may take a virtual walk through Zagreb and send to their family and friends digital postcards used in the development of this application whose valuable old original copies are preserved as part of the NSK Print Collection.
The 14th issue is available in both print and digital form.