About the project
Name of the programmeInformation About the European Union in Public Libraries
Partner-associations in the programmeThe Croatian Library Association
National and University Library, Hrvatske bratske zajednice 4, 10000 Zagreb
Phone/Fax: (01) 6159 320
President: Zdenka Sviben
Head of the programme: Alemka Belan-Simić
The Association of Istria Librarians
University Library in Pula, Herkulov prilaz 1, 52100 Pula
Phone: (052) 213 888, Fax: (052) 214 603
President and contact person for the programme: Nela Načinović
The Association of Librarians of Bilogora, Podravina and Kalnik Region
Public Library "Petar Preradović", Trg Eugena Kvaternika 11, 43000 Bjelovar
Phone/Fax: (043) 243 624
President and contact person for the programme
The Association of Librarians Split
University Library in Split, Zagrebačka 2, 21000 Split
Phone: (021) 361 231(loc.118)
President and contact person for the programme: Mihaela Kovačić
The Association of Librarians Zadar
City Library Zadar, Stjepana Radića 11 b, 23000 Zadar
Phone: (023) 301 103, Fax: (023) 315 857
President: Martina Dragija-Ivanović
Contact person for the programme: Dajana Brunac
The Librarian Association Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik Libraries, Public Library Grad, Od Puča 6; 20000 Dubrovnik
Phone: (020) 323 911
President and contact person for the programme: Nikša Matić
The Librarian Association of the County of Krapina-Zagorje
Donja Stubica Elementary School - Library, Toplička cesta 27, 49240 Donja Stubica
Phone: (049) 286 201
President and contact person for the programme: Danica Pelko
The Librarian Association Rijeka
University Library in Rijeka, Dolac 1, 51000 Rijeka
Phone: (051) 336 911, Fax: (051) 332 006
President: Ivana Vladilo
Contact person for the programme: Nikolina Papić
The Librarian Association of the County of Sisak-Moslavina
Public Library - Central Department, Rimska bb, 44000 Sisak
Phone: (044) 521 803, Fax: (044) 521 527
President and contact person for the programme: Vesna Ivanković
The Librarian Association of the County of Varaždin
City Library "Metel Ožegović", Trg slobode 8a, 42000 Varaždin
Phone: (042) 212 766, Fax: (042) 212 767
President and contact person for the programme: Željan Čeč
The Zagreb Library Association
Zagreb City Libraries, Starčevićev trg 6, 10000 Zagreb
Phone: (01) 4572 087, Fax: (01) 4572 087
President and contact person for the programme: Dunja Marija Gabrijel
The Netherland Public Libraries Association (NPLA)
Grote Markstraat 43, Den Haag, Postbus 16146, 2500 BC Den Haag, The Netherlands
Phone: + 31 70 309 01 00, Fax: + 31 70 309 02 00
President: Jan-Ewout van den Putten
Contact person for the programme: Marian Koren, PhD
Description of the programmeThe official publications of state bodies, state administration bodies and bodies of local government and self-government units are an absolutely necessary source of information to each citizen in everyday life and work. Therefore, official publications must be an integral part of the collection and public libraries in line with specific needs of the population using the library. This is why it is necessary that libraries follow the needs of its members by issuing official publications in print and electronic form.
Given Croatia's aspirations to draw closer to membership of the European Union and the adjustment of its legislation to acquis communitaire, and following objectives of the first Communication Strategy Aimed at Informing the Croatian Public about the European Integration Process of the Republic of Croatia, adopted by the Government of the Republic of Croatia in 2001, the new Communication Strategy Aimed at Informing the Croatian Public about the European Union and Preparations for EU Membership, adopted by the Croatian Parliament in 2006, in line with the UNESCO Public Library Manifesto, Council of Europe/EBLIDA Guidelines on Library Legislation and Policy in Europe, and bearing in mind the national development strategy stated in the document Information and Communication Technology - Croatia for the 21st Century, we propose by this project the realisation of a programme which would help train employees in local libraries to find, use and spread information about the European Union, and competently answer questions put by local community about the European integration processes. The programme would draw attention of the financiers at state and local level about the need to transfer public libraries into places of public access to information for all citizens.
This project would raise the present poor communication infrastructure to the level which will enable librarians on local level to spread and use knowledge and skills which they learned in lectures and workshops. Questions that cannot be answered on the local level would be sent to the network for assistance in finding and using a specific source of information. The programme of educating library employees about EU information sources would include holding a number of lectures and workshops in local centres (Zagreb, Rijeka, Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik, Pula, Osijek, Varaždin, Sisak etc.) with the help and participation of local librarians.
The main task of the programme is to provide knowledge to the general population about the EU information sources through additional education of librarians in public libraries.
The objectives are:
The introductory part foresees lectures on official publications of the EU institutions and on the publishing policy of the Office for Official Publications of the European Communities in Luxembourg. Also foreseen is an introductory course on the sources of the European law which will later facilitate searching and using EU legal databases.
- widen knowledge of the librarians' in public libraries, as the "first lines" of the cultural and democratic development of the society, about the European Union and its information sources
- provide education that promotes intellectual initiative and high library standards and prepare users of public libraries for the life and work in the community in line with European standards
- contribute to the development of public libraries as information centres in which local community can obtain general information about EU but also specific information about the European Union of special interest to individual regions of the Republic of Croatia
- encourage, via public library network, the culture of inspiration, innovations and work aimed at partnership - and coexistence in the European, multicultural family
The following topics would be elaborated:
Workshops called The European Union on the Internet would inform the participants about fundamental official sources of information on the EU, available on the Internet, as well as information sources relevant for specific areas. A workshop which would process specific information is underway. The previously conducted poll would be used. Potential candidates would express their interests which would help the organisers define the profile of workshops.
- Human rights as a policy of the European Union
- The development of the human rights idea
- International documents on human rights
- Freedom of expression and free access to information as the main responsibility of library profession
- The IFLA (The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) and EBLIDA (European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations) activities
- The Council of Europe's Guidelines on Library Legislation and Policy in Europe
- Libraries in information society: assistance in integrating the population into the society
- Libraries as places of public access and social forums
- Cooperation of libraries with other public institutions and non-governmental organisations
Workshops would include the follow topics:
Additional education material in print and electronic form will be prepared for the participants.
- Information policy and information networks of the EU - the overview of the EU information policy between the early 1960s and the present day, difficulties and planned solutions; overview of information networks of the EU active in the EU and outside the EU; overview of EU information centres active in Croatia and the description of their activities and availability.
way of operating: lecture and presentation, the presentation of web pages of individual centres;
duration: 20 minutes
- The official EU publications - sources of the European law elaborated in detail - The EU Official Journal, the judicial practice of the European Court; documents binding some institutions - The Council of the European Union, The European Commission and the European Parliament; the overview of official publications of other bodies and agencies of the European Union (includes the overview of data bases relevant for accelerated search of EU publications).
way of operating: the presentation of individual publications in print, the presentation of electronic versions, the overview of availability;
duration: 40 minutes
- The European Union - sources of general information -how to find information on institutions, policies and activities of the European Union - the presentation and overview of available sources of information.
way of operating: direct access to web pages and their processing;
duration: 40 minutes
- How to use legal and other data bases - the processing of most important sources of information on the EU law - EUR-Lex i CELEX, Pre-Lex i OEIL Legislative Observatory.
way of operating: the presentation of each data base, the description of the content, possibilities of search and shortcomings; the solving of prepared tasks referring to certain topics; joint checking of results;
duration of the presentation: 90 minutes;
duration of the independent work and the solving of prepared tasks: 90 minutes
- How to cover news and latest developments in the EU - the overview of sources which facilitate the monitoring of EU activities in difference fields.
duration of the presentation: 20 minutes;
duration of the independent work: 20 minutes
- European Union in Croatia - the bodies in Croatia which provide information about the EU or offer on-line access to structural sources of information.
way of operating: the presentation of individual data base, the description of content, possibilities of research and shortcomings; the solving of prepared tasks referring to the topics that have been dealt with; joint checking of results;
duration of presentation: 30 minutes;
duration of the independent work and the solving of prepared tasks: 90 minutes
The start and completion of the programmeJanuary 1, 2005 to December 31, 2007
The area of the implementation of the programmeRepublic of Croatia, all counties
Head of the programmeJanuary 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006
Žaneta Baršić Schneider, M.A.
July 1, 2006 -
Alemka Belan Simić
Senior librarian, graduated sociology and ethnology (1978) and librarianship (1990) at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb; since 1979 she has been working in Zagreb City Libraries; Head of the LDI (Librarianship-Documentation-Information) Collection since 1998; published several bibliographies and articles; member of editorial board of Vjesnik bibliotekara Hrvatske (Croatian Librarians' Journal) from 1996 to 2003; with Aleksandra Horvat edited a special issue of Vjesnik bibliotekara Hrvatske Free Access to Information, 43, 3(2000) and proceedings of several round tables - Free Access to Information for the purpose of culture development (Zagreb, 2002) and Free Access to Information: 2nd and 3rd round tables (Zagreb, 2004); editor for the profession of librarianship in Croatian Encyclopedia and General and National Encyclopedia; since 1998 member of the Commission for Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression of the Croatian Librarian Association (President from 2000 to 2002); President of the CLA from 2002 to 2006; member of the Croatian Librarian Council from 2003 to 2006; participated in writing several documents of the Croatian Librarian Association - Declaration on Free Access to Information (1998), Croatian Library Association Code of Ethics (2002) and the declaration The Public Has the Right to Know (2003); upon her initiative CLA entered a NGO coalition which initiated creation and enactment of the Law on free access on information; participated in the project Free Access to Information as a Tool of Democracy Development, financed by the Office for Cooperation with NGOs of the Government of the Republic of Croatia in 2003.
Realizers of the programmeŽaneta Baršić Schneider, M.A.
Library advisor, M.A. in information sciences, specialist in official publications and state and public information sources; Head of the Department of the Official Documentation of the Republic of Croatia at the Croatian Information Documentation Referral Agency (HIDRA); editor of serial publications Catalogue of the Official Publications and Databases of the Republic of Croatia, Republic of Croatia - Mini guide, Political Parties in the Republic of Croatia. Former positions: the team of the founders and the President of the Commission for Official Publications and State Information and the President of the CLA Professional Board; information specialist in the Collections of Official Publications of International Organisations and Foreign States at the National and University Library in Zagreb; Head of the public libraries network of Samobor; member of the Council of Europe's group of experts in the right to availability of information held by state authorities; Thesaurus Eurovoc project of the European Union - Croatian version; teaching at a post-graduate study at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb, Department of Information Sciences. She earned her master's degree in official publications of international organisations.
Aleksandra Čar, M.A.
Since January 2007. employed as an expert associate of the Faculty of Law Library, University of Zagreb. She was a member the Premisa team during 2006 as a Head of the project for supporting implementation of the EC Communication Strategy for Enlargement in Croatia and establishment the EU Information Centre; at the beginning of 2006 she was awarded the Helen Greer Memorial Prize for an outstanding contribution to the world of EU information in 2005 by the UK-based European Information Association (EIA), one of the most prominent professional organizations in the field of European documentation and information; Head of the European Documentation Centre from 2002 to 2006; Head of the project Enter Europe aimed at the establishment of the web site for accessing information about the EU in Croatia; in 2003 and 2004 organised a number of workshops called The EU Legislation on the Internet; in 2002 earned master's degree at the post-graduate European expert study organised by the Université Panthéon Assas - Paris II and the University of Zagreb; in 2002 completed the programme New Information and Communication Technologies in Civil Service at the French school for public administration (Ecole Nationale d'Administration - ENA), Paris, France; in 1999 attended an education programme intended for information specialists at the Asser Instituut in The Hague.
Aleksandra Horvat, Ph.D.
Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb, Department of Information Sciences, Head of the Library Department; President of the Croatian Library Association from 1992 to 1994; editor of the CLA newsletter Novosti from 1994 to 2000; one of the founders and member of the IFLA/FAIFE from 1997 to 2004; President of the Commission for Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression of the CLA from 1998 to 2001; initiated and took part in the organisation of six international round tables on free access to information from 2001 to 2006; Head of the project Free Access to Information as a Tool of Democracy Development, financed by the Office for Cooperation with NGOs of the Government of the Republic of Croatia in 2003; member of the project team which founded and organised the Centre for Permanent Expert Training of Librarians in the National and University Library.
Marian Koren, Ph.D.
Head of the Research and International Affairs Department in the Netherlands Public Library Association in The Hague (NPLA); member of the IFLA Governing Board; studied Dutch, literature and international law at the University in Utrecht, specialised in human rights at the University in Strasbourg, studied Swedish, literature and children's literature at the universities in Amsterdam, Uppsala and Stockholm; earned her Ph.D. at the University in Amsterdam; for the past twenty years employed in the NPLA; published articles for numerous journals; teaching at several universities and educational institutions as a guest lecturer; as the Head of the Research and International Relations Institute she continues to develop researches which she presented in her book Tell me! The Right of the Child to Information (NPLA, The Hague, 1996); coordinator for EU info-points in public libraries in the Netherlands.
Senior librarian, graduated political sciences, currently attending postgraduate studies Croatia and Europe at the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb; Head of the Collection of Official Publications in the National and University Library; information specialist in official publications and data bases of international organisations, foreign states and information sources of the Republic of Croatia; teaching at the Centre for Permanent Expert Training of Croatian Librarians; long-time member of the Croatian Library Association, performing numerous functions; from 1996 to 2000 President of the Committee for State Information and Official Publications; organiser of several international expert seminars.
Professor of comparative literature and history, currently attending postgraduate studies Croatia and Europe at the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb; since 1998 employed in the Parliamentary library as a librarian-adviser in the Parliament's Staff Service; subject specialist; works on use, maintenance and development of Eurovoc, multilingual thesaurus used for indexing the documents in the documentation systems of the European institutions and of their users; correspondent and a member of the Eurovoc Working Group in the European Parliament; executive editor of the Croatian edition of Eurovoc; in cooperation with the Croatian Information Documentation Referral Agency (HIDRA) compiles the Croatian Addendum.
Ivanka Stričević, Ph.D.
Since 1978 employed in Medveščak Public Library in Zagreb; Head of the Children and Young Adults' Department; graduated in 1986 at the Department of Pedagogy, Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb. In 1995 earned a M.A. in Pedagogy, in 2003 graduated Librarianship at the Department of Information Sciences, Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb where she received a Ph.D. in 2006 with the thesis: Informacijske potrebe i čitateljski interesi mladeži u narodnoj knjižnici (=Information Needs and Reading Interests of Young Adults' in the Public Library); President of the Commission for Children Libraries CLA from 1999 to 2006; since 2003 Chair of IFLA Libraries for Children and Young Adults Section; Vice-president of the Croatian Reading Association and editor of its editions from 1995 to 2006; member of the International Reading Association and American Library Association; representative of Croatia in the International Toy Librarian Association since 1990; member of the National Section of IBBY Committee since 1995 and collaborator of UNAL (UNESCO Network of Associated Libraries); teaching at the Centre for Permanent Expert Training of Croatian Librarians; since 2001, as external associate, teaching a course on Children Libraries at part-time study of Librarianship at the Department of Information Sciences, Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb and a course in Family Pedagogy at the Department of Pedagogy, Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb since 2005; member of the project team at the Department of Information Sciences, Faculty of Philosophy University of J.J. Strossmayer in Osijek since 2002; Head of the project CLA Čitajmo im od najranije dobi (=Let's Read to Them from the Earliest Ages) since 2004; member of the project CLA Information About the European Union in Public Libraries since 2005; published articles for numerous journals; co-author of several studies and books, reviewer of articles and editor of publications for children and youth on the topics of reading, literacy and librarianship.
Daniela Živković, Ph.D.
Associate professor at the Department of Information Sciences, Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb, Head of Chair of Book and Publishing; author of the books: The Electronic Book (2005), Elektronička knjiga (2001), Matija Smodek: Professor and Academic Librarian (2001), Croatian Book and Music Publishers 1997/98: directory; member of the Croatian Library Association (secretary from 1986 to 1989 and from 1992 to 1994), IFLA Committee on Copyright and Legal Matters and the Croatian Copyright Society; initiator of the Books-in-Print Catalogs, a project by the Council of Europe for Croatia; member of the Negotiating Team for the Accession of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union for the Chapter 25 Science and Research.
Number of volunteers taking part in the implementation of the programme30
Number of employed persons from each partner-association taking part in the implementation of the programmeThe Croatian Library Association permanently employs a business secretary, Tina Matosevic, administrative law graduate and Jadranka Ševo, bookkeeping officer, while regional library associations in Croatia do not have permanently employed staff.
The Association is employing for the implementation of the programme a part-time secretary Sanja Žunić, a student of pedagogy and librarianship at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb.
Expert associates from CroatiaEdita Bačić
Boris Badurina, M.A.
Vesna Turčin, Ph.D.
Expert associates from abroadMarian Koren, Ph.D., the Netherlands
Silva Novljan, Ph.D., Slovenia
Methods and sorts of activities which will help the implementation of the programmeThe programme will be implemented through presentations, round table debates and workshops, while the survey method will be used for the evaluation.
An introductory presentation and a workshop for representatives of local self-government units and librarians will be organised in each county. Workshops include the use of personal computers (each participant will have the possibility to work independently and use information sources mentioned during the workshop, but it will depend on the conditions and technical equipment of local libraries or other facilities in which the workshops will be held). A LCD projector will be used during the presentation. The participants will have a facilitated access to certain web pages owing to documents prepared in advance in the html form with saved connections in external sources in the structural presentation. Also prepared will be print material with exercises.
A debate in the Association's network pages will be organised so as to facilitate the continuation of cooperation after the workshops.
Short description of experienceThe Croatian Library Association (CLA) was founded in 1940. Its sections, committees and working groups, which include experts in all fields of librarianship from all parts of Croatia, have been successfully organising a number of professional meetings for many years. The CLA implements projects and publishes proceedings from expert, professional meetings and translations of IFLA's and other publications, representing the rights of the users of public library services to free and equal access to materials and information, promoting general literacy, and spreading the conscience on the need for the preservation of cultural heritage, developing Croatian librarianship as an open and democratic society in which libraries, notably public libraries become information, cultural and educational centres of the local community.
In December 2001 the Croatian Library Association organised a round table Free Access to Information in the Service of Cultural Development (over 100 participants, proceedings published), in December 2002 a round table called Free Access to Official Information (over 100 participants, proceedings published), and in December 2003 Free Access to Information for All (some 80 participants, proceedings published). The CLA is a member of a coalition The Public Has the Right to Know, actively participated in an operation aimed at the adoption of the Law on the Right to Information. The Association is informing the library and wider community of its activities by issuing publications and via the CLA web site (www.hkdrustvo.hr)
In 2003 the Croatian Library Association implemented two projects approved by the Office for Cooperation with NGOs of the Government of the Republic of Croatia:
Three projects were approved in 2004:
- Free Access to Information for the Purpose of the Development of Democracy
- The Protection of Old Croatian Newspapers
Another two programmes applied for the assistance of the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports and we are waiting for the results.
- Library Services for People with Special Needs - Defining the Problem with Reading and Writing with People with the Said Educational Measures in the Republic of Croatia - approved by the Croatian Office for Human Rights
- Let's Read to Them from the Earliest Ages
- School Libraries in Light of IFLA's Guidelines - approved by the Office for the Education of the City of Zagreb
The Croatian Library Association is a sister organisation of the Netherlands Public Library Association (NPLA), whose President, Mr Jan-Ewout van den Putten is the President of the EBLIDA.
The Association of Istria Librarians (AIL) was founded in 1955. Today it has some 50 members, professionals of the University Library in Pula and school, public, special, memorial and university libraries in the County of Istria. The Association is trying to influence social and political institutions so as to improve the position and equipment of libraries. It is taking part in the exchange of experience with librarians from other regional associations, as well as from other countries, it advocates professional education and encourages professional work of its members by organising lectures and seminars. It also co-publishes publications in librarianship. Since 2002, the Association has been organising The Librarian Weekend as part of the Book Fair in Istria. The work programme of the AIL is co-financed by local governments of several Istrian towns.
The Association of Librarians Zadar was founded in 1949. Today it gathers some 60 librarians from the County of Zadar. Promoting Zadar's cultural heritage, the Association published several series of postcards showing the old town in the period between 1975 and 1982. In 1985 it published the book Inkunabule u zadarskim knjižnicama (Rare books in Zadar libraries) by Šime Jurić, in cooperation with the National and University Library in Zagreb. The Association is led by young and agile librarians who also edit the Association's web pages (www.dkz.hr).
The Association of Librarians Split was founded in 1950. Today the Association is active in Central Dalmatia and gathers some 30 librarians from all types of libraries. The headquarters of the Association is in Split. Its work is getting more and more oriented to the wider population. In 1999 the Association organised a fair/meeting of all libraries in the city of Split called Days of Split Libr@ries (Dani splitskih knjižnic@). This is the first such event in Croatia. Over the years it became a traditional annual gathering of librarians and an opportunity for the promotion of city libraries. In 2000, the Association founded a Club of Friends of Split Libraries. In 1988, the Association launched The Gazette of the Association of Librarians Split (1990-), a professional journal dealing with topics in librarianship, culture and cultural history of the city of Split. It also covers the work of the Association.
The Librarian Association Dubrovnik was founded in 1949. It gathers some 40 librarians from public, school, faculty, scientific and special libraries from the County of Dubrovnik-Neretva. By active participation in meetings and seminars in Croatia and the world, and organisation of expert lectures, exhibitions and seminars, the Association contributes to the development of regional and national librarianship. Through its activities in three sections, for scientific, public and school libraries, and in line with the set objectives, of which the most important being the permanent expert training, the Association constantly organises seminars, exhibitions and lectures. In 1997, the Association, in cooperation with other institutions and associations, organised a seven-day event called The Book Week. The President of the Association is a member of the IFLA/FAIFE Committee.
The Librarian Association Rijeka was founded in 1950. Today it gathers more than 60 librarians from libraries in the County of Primorje-Gorski Kotar. The Association organises a number of national and international seminars. It initiated cooperation with associations of minority communities in the County. It has been editing the Association's web pages (www.kdr.hr) since 2002.
The Librarian Association of the County of Sisak-Moslavina was founded in 1975. It gathers librarians from public, school and other libraries in the County of Sisak-Moslavina. The Association today has some 90 members who are actively participating in the promotion of the librarian profession in the entire County. It organises lectures and projects; in 2003, in cooperation with the central service of the public library in Sisak and the CLA, it assisted the implementation of the project Free Access to Information in the Service of Cultural Development in the County of Sisak-Moslavina.
The Librarian Association of the County Varaždin was founded in 1949. Today it gathers 27 librarians from the County. The Association actively participated in the organisation of several national and international seminars. On the occasion of the 160th anniversary of the Varaždin City Library, the Association, together with the City Library Metel Ožegović and the Croatian Librarian Association, took part in the organisation of an international seminar called Libraries of European Cities in the 21st century, Varaždin, November 4 to 7, 1998. The Association also took part in publishing the proceedings.
The Librarian Association of the County of Krapina-Zagorje was founded in 1998. Today it gathers some 20 librarians from public and school libraries. In 1999, the Association was joined by the Society for the Collection, Preservation and Promotion of the Croatian Kajkavian Dialect Heritage -- Kajkavijana.
The Zagreb Library Association (ZLA) is active since 1963. Today it gathers some 440 librarians from the City of Zagreb and County of Zagreb. Its members are participating in the work of numerous international organisations. They are also members of expert groups and committees of the IFLA, IRA, IBBY, etc. In late 2003, the ZLA launched its own bulletin Novi uvez.
The Netherlands Public Library Association (NPLA) was founded in 1972. It gathers 500 public libraries. The Association develops programmes: library support to school libraries and educational institutions, support for the promotion of literacy and reading, information policy, support for immigrants, library teaching and permanent education. The Association has developed a national media collection for special services for emigrants, ethnic minorities and refugees/asylum seekers. The Association publishes a bimonthly bulletin Bibliotheek.
Who are the users included in this programme, how many and the structureLibrarians of public libraries in the Republic of Croatia and representatives of local government and self-government units.
The objectives achieved by the implementation of the programmeSeveral objectives are achieved by the implementation of the proposed programme:
- librarians in local communities would primarily be informed of the information sources of the EU from the European Union and from the Republic of Croatia and then trained to find and competently use these sources of information; as mediators between their users (citizens) and information
- librarians would assume the role of those who spread the knowledge about the European Union and in that way multiply learned knowledge
- the establishment of the information network of librarians and employees in information centres in the Republic of Croatia by using the Internet as a communication tool, would continue to result in positive effects of workshops and enable the exchange of information about the EU; it would also assist to accelerate and facilitate citizens' inquiries
- the technical equipment of local libraries would be raised to a higher level, namely to the level which would ensure the application of learned knowledge (additional IT equipment would be acquired for the libraries)
Pace of the implementation of the programmeThe implementation of the programme will start on January 1, 2005 and the final results of the evaluation will be processes by December 31, 2007.
- an initial seminar and a workshop (2 days) for the heads of 19 county research and development departments
- a one-day workshop in Pula for representative of 11 public libraries in the County of Istria
- a one-day workshop in Rijeka for representatives of 20 public libraries from the County of Primorje-Gorski Kotar and two from the County of Lika-Senj
- a one-day workshop in Zadar for representatives of 8 public libraries from the County of Zadar and 7 public libraries from the County of Šibenik-Knin
- 2 one-day workshops in Split for representatives of 31 public libraries from the County of Split-Dalmatia
- a one-day workshop from representatives of 11 public libraries from the County of Dubrovnik-Neretva
- a five-day education seminar and a tour to the Dutch public libraries organised for 6 representatives county research and development departments
- a one-day workshop in Bjelovar for representatives of 3 public libraries from the County of Koprivnica-Križevci and 7 public libraries from the County of Bjelovar-Bilogora
- a one-day workshop in Krapina for representatives of 13 public libraries in the County of Krapina-Zagorje
- a one-day workshop in Sisak for representatives of 17 public libraries in the County of Sisak-Moslavina
- a one-day workshop in Varazdin for representatives of 4 public libraries from the County of Varaždin and 6 public libraries from the County of Međimurje
- a one-day workshop for representatives of 10 public libraries from the County of Zagreb
- a one-day workshop for representatives of 5 central and 9 regional public libraries in the City of Zagreb
- a five-day education seminar and a tour to the Dutch public libraries for 7 representatives of county research and development departments
We expect of the local governments to recognise the importance of enabling free access to the Internet in libraries to all citizens. Also, that public libraries, as local educational, cultural and education centres, will receive sufficient funds. We expect that networked libraries and educated librarians would provide information to citizens important in the time of Croatia's joining the European Union.
- a one-day workshop for representatives of 7 public libraries from the County of Karlovac and 4 from the County of Lika-Senj
- a one-day workshop for representatives of 4 public libraries from the County of Požega-Slavonija and 5 public libraries from the County of Virovitica-Podravina
- a one-day workshop for representatives of 10 public libraries from the County of Osijek-Baranja
- a one-day workshop for representatives of 7 public libraries from the County of Slavonski Brod-Posavina and 7 public libraries from the County of Vukovar-Srijem
- a five-day education seminar and a tour to the Dutch public libraries for 6 representatives of county research and development departments
- a two-day evaluation seminar in Zagreb with international participation for the heads of central services; the participants will also agree on future joint projects in the field covered by the European Union
Informing the communityThe programme of the workshops will be presented in appropriately formed print material. Information on the workshops and the presentation of workshops' results will be announced on the Internet. Given that public libraries have developed promotion activities and cooperation with local papers, information will be released via a public information system in regional and local communities. Associations included in the programme will make a report about their activities and publish it on their web sites and in their papers.
Self-financing of the programme after the expiration of the three-year financial support from the FoundationThe education in the field of information about the European Union for librarians in public libraries will continue after the expiration of the three-year programme via a mailing-list aimed at exchanging information.
The expansion of the programme related to education about the European Union will be realised in the Centre for Permanent Education of Librarians (CPEL). One of the founders of the CPEL is the Croatian Library Association.
How the proposed programme supplements reform programmes of the sector adjustment to the EU system, implemented by competent bodies of the state administrationThe proposed programme is adjusted to the conditions of the Communication Strategy Aimed at Informing the Croatian Public about the European Integration Process of the Republic of Croatia, adopted by the Government of the Republic of Croatia in 2001 and the new Communication Strategy Aimed at Informing the Croatian Public about the European Union and Preparations for EU Membership, adopted by the Croatian Parliament in 2006.
The evaluation of the resultsThe results of the programme will be evaluated in line with:
- the evaluation of the workshops and programmes by librarians (questionnaire)
- evaluacijom koju će dati korisnici knjižnica (upitnik)
- the analysis of the press and other forms of public communication in local communities
- conclusions of the evaluation seminar in 2007