45th Croatian Library Association Assembly: First call for papers

Objavljeno 17.7.2020.

The Croatian Library Association, National and University Library in Zagreb and Zagreb Library Association are jointly organising the 45th Assembly of the Croatian Library Association, which will be held from 7 to 10 October 2020 at the National and University Library in Zagreb.

In view of the current epidemiological forecasts, the Assembly’s opening programme and invited lectures are scheduled to take place in the Library’s grand lobby, and will be livestreamed. Other lectures and presentations will entirely be held online, and decisions will be voted on electronically.

The Assembly, which is coinciding with the 80th anniversary of the Association’s founding, will focus on the crisis brought about by the COVID-19 epidemic and the prompt and efficient response to it by Croatian libraries. Since its establishment in 1940, the Association has coordinated the work of Croatian regional library associations, provided support to all types of libraries in Croatia and developed the library profession through the activities of its professional bodies. There could hardly be a better time to celebrate the Association’s success as the core institution of the Croatian library system than in the year in which it rose to its role amid such challenging circumstances, which were further aggravated by several natural disasters in Croatia.

Entitled Libraries in times of crisis, the Assembly’s programme includes the following sub-themes:

– The response of libraries and the library community to the COVID-19 crisis
– Post-COVID-19 perspectives in librarianship
– The development of library associations and their future prospects at the local, national and international levels
– Library services in the context of crisis management
– Distance library services (virtual, hybrid, digital)
– Libraries and digitisation – the development of analogue and digital collections
– Online library programmes and activities during the COVID-19 crisis
– Cooperation of libraries and educational institutions in distance learning programmes
– Information literacy in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic
– Professional skills and competencies in the context of the response of libraries to global crises
– Library standards and procedures in states of emergency
– Library management under conditions of crisis
– Social impact of libraries in the context of communicating with the public under conditions of crisis
– The development of the library profession in the context of post-COVID-19 perspectives
– The effects of natural disasters on library buildings and premises.

Online abstract submission form.
Learn more about the Assembly (Croatian version only).