NSK joins EU Funds Doors Open Days in Croatia
The National and University Library in Zagreb is part of EU Funds Open Doors Days in Croatia, organised with the support of the European Commission by the Croatian Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds from 20 to 30 November 2021.
The Library is thus highlighting the results of its two most recent projects funded by EU funds – eResources: Improving access to electronic resources offering scientific and specialised information and Traditional children’s stories for a common future, or TRACE.
eResources, ending on 31 December 2021, was launched in 2016, prompted by the insufficient international visibility of Croatian researchers and equally insufficient research workforce mobility, particularly affecting young researchers. The project’s total value is HRK 133,760,000.00 (€17,600,000.00) and it runs as part of the European Social Fund’s Operational Programme Efficient Human Resources 2014-2020 with the aim of providing Croatian researchers with an improved and increased access to electronic resources of scientific and specialised information, i.e. international scientific journals and databases, which improved access is expected to result in a related improvement of their research environment and also offer them opportunities for increasing their visibility. Between 2016 and 2020, the originally targeted number of 50 contracts was exceeded by 61 concluded contracts, while workshops organised as part of the project included a total of 878 participations, i.e. 671 individual participants, which number exceeded the originally anticipated 500 participants. Also, the analyses of Croatian scientists’ research output between 2011 and 2020 indicate continuous growth in terms of an increased inclusion of their research in the Web of Science research platform.
TRACE, which ended on 31 July 2021, was run as part of the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme. It was coordinated by the National and University Library in Zagreb, whose project partners were Petit Philosophy association (Zadar, Croatia), Josip Pupačić Primary School (Omiš, Croatia), University of the Peloponnese (Trípolis, Greece), Creative Ideas association (Riga, Latvia) and Euro-Arab Foundation for Higher Studies (Granada, Spain). Worth €178,330.00, it targeted teachers, educational workers and librarians working with children between the ages of 6 and 12 with the aim of getting them acquainted with traditional children’s stories from the partner countries, and thus also with these countries’ cultures. Altogether 21 traditional children’s stories were selected and translated into English language in order to present to a wider audience the cultural heritage of Croatia, Greece, Latvia and Spain, as well as to help these countries’ young generations to exchange and thus keep alive that valuable legacy, encourage reading, critical thinking, the development of communication and social skills, promotion of moral values and research of one’s own culture among children in the targeted age group.