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Information needs of the Romany minority in Eastern Croatia: pilot‐study

Kornelija Petr (Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Library and Information Science, Faculty of Philosophy, University J. J. Strossmayer, Osijek, Croatia)

New Library World

ISSN: 0307-4803

Article publication date: 1 September 2004

Abstract

Croatia is a multinational and multicultural country. According to the 1991 census there are 21.9 per cent various ethnic and cultural minorities in Croatia. Osijek‐Baranya county (Eastern Croatia) is the third in number of Roma people in Croatia. The Romany minority is in a particularly difficult position regarding the integration with the rest of the Croatian population. Their marginalisation can be seen at four levels: economic, cultural, territorial and political, and their integration becomes an ever‐increasing problem. Libraries have a potential to help the Romany minority towards their way out from marginalisation and segregation. This paper looks into the information needs of Romany minority and their awareness of those needs as well as the presence of library services aimed at that very minority in the area of Baranya (Eastern Croatia).

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Petr, K. (2004), "Information needs of the Romany minority in Eastern Croatia: pilot‐study", New Library World, Vol. 105 No. 9/10, pp. 357-369. https://doi.org/10.1108/03074800410557312

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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