NSK staff visit Croatian library in Montenegro as part of international cultural cooperation programme

Objavljeno 13.1.2022.

From 6 to 11 December 2021, the staff of the National and University Library in Zagreb (NSK) visited Ljudevit Gaj Library in Donja Lastva, Montenegro, as part of an international cultural cooperation programme aimed at the preservation of national identity of Croats in Montenegro (Knjižnica „Ljudevit Gaj“ u Donjoj Lastvi: čuvar nacionalnog identiteta hrvatskog naroda u Crnoj Gori), run as part of a three-year project supported and funded by the Croatian Ministry of Culture and Media.

The Head of the NSK Acquisition and Collection Development Department Dr Vesna Golubović, Senior Librarian at the Department Dr Kristina Romić, Head of the NSK Preservation and Storage Department Dr Dragica Krstić and the Department’s conservation specialist Karmen Lečić reviewed the library’s holdings, inventorying altogether 1,018 items (823 book titles available in 909 copies and 27 journal titles available in 109 copies) and singling out 1,412 items for a more detailed examination.

Ljudevit Gaj Library was opened on 30 March 2011 and took over the holdings and activities of the library in Donja Lastva established in 1935. Founded by the Croatian association Dux Croatorum, the library operates as part of Josip Marković community centre. Its holdings, including approximately 6,000 items, mostly came from donations by various cultural associations, organisations and individuals. The library plays a vital role in the preservation of the national identity of Croats in Montenegro and it is therefore of outstanding importance to bring its activities in line with contemporary library standards and introduce new services aimed at increasing the use of its collections, attracting new users and more widely promoting the Croatian language, culture and research.

The visit was organised for the purpose of improving the library’s management of its rich holdings and enabling it to better serve the needs of the Croatian community in Montenegro, other Montenegrin citizens and researchers. Apart from a closer inspection of the holdings and the related development of the conservation and preservation guidelines, other activities planned in the near future include the training that the NSK staff will organise for the library’s staff with regard to upgrading the library’s accessioning and cataloguing procedures.