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Provision of the European Union information in an acceding country: A survey of the role of public libraries in Croatia

Sanjica Faletar Tanacković (Department of Information Sciences, University of Osijek, Osijek, Croatia)
Ivana Faletar Horvatić (Zagreb City Libraries, Zagreb, Croatia)
Milijana Mičunović (Department of Information Sciences, University of Osijek, Osijek, Croatia)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 19 September 2016

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present an exploratory study whose aim was to investigate the role of public libraries in the provision of European Union (EU) information in an EU acceding country (Croatia).

Design/methodology/approach

Study was conducted via online questionnaire in public libraries across country.

Findings

The findings revealed that majority of respondents (83.7 percent) think it is an important task of public libraries to provide citizens with materials about the EU, and that almost all responding libraries (98 percent) have EU materials. In general, respondents think that provision of EU materials in their library does not compromise its role of politically neutral institution. The results also indicate that libraries quite rarely (10 percent) maintain links to relevant EU online sources on their websites. EU collections in responding libraries are promoted actively most frequently in the library itself and on its website, and very rarely in the local media.

Practical implications

Findings are expected to be of interest to European administration in charge of the development of effective communication policies, national authorities in EU candidate and acceding countries, and information professionals in general.

Originality/value

This is the first study to investigate the role of public libraries in EU information provision in an EU acceding country.

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Citation

Faletar Tanacković, S., Faletar Horvatić, I. and Mičunović, M. (2016), "Provision of the European Union information in an acceding country: A survey of the role of public libraries in Croatia", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 34 No. 3, pp. 454-467. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHT-02-2016-0020

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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