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Organizational aspects of digitization projects in the Croatian public libraries

Radovan Vrana (Department of Information Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia)

Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124

Article publication date: 25 October 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this article is to present findings from research in the Croatian public libraries on organizational aspects of digitization projects.

Design/methodology/approach

This research article is based on research done in 152 public libraries in Croatia invited by e‐mail to participate in the web survey, which was chosen as the most appropriate tool for investigating geographically dispersed libraries.

Findings

Findings from the survey indicate a modest number of public libraries engaged in digitization projects. These results can be attributed to unfavorable conditions for initiation of digitization projects. Almost half of public libraries plan to launch digitization projects as soon as necessary conditions for digitization become favorable. Digital content available in the surveyed public libraries already received a positive feedback from users. Instead of mass digitization, public libraries chose systematic digitization of selected library collections. To improve the quality of digitization of library material public libraries need better financial support, additional training of library staff and better infrastructure. The findings indicate that public libraries in Croatia are strongly dedicated to development of digital collections as soon as necessary conditions for launch of their digitization projects are met.

Originality/value

The article contributes to the growing body of knowledge about organizational aspects of digital collection development and digitization in public libraries as well as about the benefits digital collections can provide for libraries in general.

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Citation

Vrana, R. (2011), "Organizational aspects of digitization projects in the Croatian public libraries", Library Management, Vol. 32 No. 8/9, pp. 589-598. https://doi.org/10.1108/01435121111187941

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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