National and University Library in Zagreb wins 2020 Library of the Year Award

Objavljeno 12.11.2020.

On 11 November 2020, as part of the celebration of the Croatian Library Day 2020, the National and University Library in Zagreb was declared the winner of this year’s Library of the Year Award, presented every year by the Croatian Library Association for outstanding achievement and creative, innovative and progressive contribution to the development and improvement of library activity in Croatia.

The programme of the celebration included addresses by the President of the Croatian Library Association Dr Dijana Machala, State Secretary at the Croatian Ministry of Culture and Media Dr Ivica Poljičak and Director of the Library of the Faculty of Teacher Education at the University of Zagreb and member of the Library of the Year Award Committee Andreja Tominac, who presented the award citation, in which she pointed out the skilful and efficient approach that the National and University Library in Zagreb takes in combining over four centuries of tradition with innovative, creative, modern, dynamic and high-quality library services in the digital environment to create and foster lasting values. As additionally stated in the citation, through encompassing in its activities both the Croatian library community and the entire Croatian public, NSK significantly contributes to the growth of the national e-infrastructure, and thus also proves itself worthy of this prestigious accolade.

In the subsequent acceptance speech, Director General of the National and University Library in Zagreb Dr Ivanka Stričević expressed gratitude to the Croatian Library Association for recognising the Library’s work during the year that has been full of difficulties and marked by uncertainty that pushed the Library and its staff to the limits of their abilities and necessitated decisions and solutions for the benefit both of the Library’s working environment and of the general public. Dr Stričević also pointed out the importance of the Library’s entire staff working together for the accomplishment of the Library’s objectives and sharing both the awareness of having the honour to be part of its history as well as a sense of pride for the opportunity to contribute to its future.

The celebration included an online performance by Croatian young and versatile musician Miki Solus, whose original appearance and witty songs embodied the Library’s role as a place bringing together tradition and novelty.

Croatian Library Day has been celebrated since 2010, on the initiative of the Croatian Library Association. It is marked on 11 November, on the anniversary of the passing of the first Croatian library act, which set the legal framework necessary for a planned and systematic operation and development of all types of libraries in Croatia and all key elements making up the Croatian library sector.