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Digital library of required classical literature for elementary and secondary school curricula in domestic languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Kanita Beširević (Elementary School Travnik, Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Digital Library Perspectives

ISSN: 2059-5816

Article publication date: 12 August 2020

Issue publication date: 4 September 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to present, in the introductory part, the main project phases and the translation of classical literature masterpieces in the public domain from English or French languages to Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian; digital formatting to make the contents as usable and attractive for students and teachers as possible; Web presentation and digital library application; and marketing of the project and the materials published. Additionally, extensive descriptions of all project activities and elaboration on the financial constraints are given together with the observations related to the proposed self-sustainability by using the cross-platform free cloud software. Another challenge originating in a unique political context was presented with an explanation of the necessity to create digital content in three domestic languages. The central part provides a wider context by discussing the potentials of similar digital practices to be applied elsewhere based on the lessons learned. Finally, in conclusion, the short recapitulation and the final assessment of the project are given.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper presents the project Digital Library of Required Classic World Literature for Elementary and Secondary School Curricula in Domestic Languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina (in Bosnian: Digitalna biblioteka lektira). The descriptive methodology has been used to present the project to the scientific community and get constructive feedback.

Findings

This study aims to be the first significant school digital library initiative in Bosnia and Herzegovina. However, because of zero funding and plans directed to self-sustainability through the use of free cloud software solutions, its viability will be tested over time.

Research limitations/implications

The limitations are concerned with paper length and formal limitations. A longer study should be written to present all features of this project. However, it implies possible positive developments in digital content creation and usage in schools of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Practical implications

This study was initiated to support the physical school libraries, but in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, its importance increased exponentially since the classes went online.

Originality/value

This paper is based on the original project and is written by the person who is the project leader and digital librarian. This paper aims to be the first significant school digital library initiative in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Acknowledgements

The author want to express my profound gratitude to the peer-reviewers for their highly appreciated suggestions and insightful recommendations.

Citation

Beširević, K. (2020), "Digital library of required classical literature for elementary and secondary school curricula in domestic languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina", Digital Library Perspectives, Vol. 36 No. 3, pp. 319-331. https://doi.org/10.1108/DLP-05-2020-0041

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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