NSK representatives at 2023 ISBN and ISMN Regional Meeting
On 14 and 15 June 2023, the Head of the Identifiers Assignment Division of the National and University Library in Zagreb (NSK) Danijela Getliher and members of the Croatian ISBN and ISMN Agencies Antonija Sinković and Jelena Paurić attended the 2023 ISBN and ISMN Regional Meeting, hosted by the National Library of Serbia.This year’s regional meeting was organised by the International ISBN Agency, International ISMN Agency and the National Library of Serbia, bringing together some twenty participants from seven countries – Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Republika Srpska, Serbia and Slovenia. Presiding over the meeting were the Executive Director of the International ISBN Agency Stella Griffiths and Executive Director of the International ISMN Agency Birgit Böcher.
Following a welcome address by the Director of the National Library of Serbia Dr Vladimir Pištalo and the opening address by the Executive Director of the International ISBN Agency Stella Griffiths, Ana Savić from Serbia’s National ISBN Agency gave an overview of the Serbian agency’s work and Boris Rifl from the Slovenian ISBN Agency presented the new website for publishers in Slovenia.
The representatives of each country presented a report on the work of each country’s ISBN agency over the last four years and discussed the challenges that they faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ms Griffiths presented new ISO identifiers, while Ms Böcher and Dr Bettina von Seyfried from the International ISMN Agency informed the meeting participants about the latest developments in the ISMN system. The meeting’s first day ended with a workshop aimed at discussing current issues and challenges related to ISBN and ISMN assignment.
The programme of the meeting’s second day included a discussion on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the work of ISBN and ISMN agencies and the related increase in the introduction of online services and a subsequent presentation by the representatives of the International ISMN Agency on the difficulties in promoting the ISMN system as well as on the need for modernising the International ISMN Agency’s website.
Head of the Identifiers Assignment Division of the National and University Library in Zagreb (NSK) Danijela Getliher (third right) and members of the Croatian ISBN and ISMN Agencies Antonija Sinković and Jelena Paurić (fourth and fifth right) at the 2023 ISBN and ISMN Regional Meeting. National Library of Serbia, 14 & 15 June 2023.