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Publication date: 19 September 2016

Sanjica Faletar Tanacković, Ivana Faletar Horvatić and Milijana Mičunović

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…

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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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Library Hi Tech, vol. 34 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0737-8831

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Publication date: 1 September 2003

Sanjica Faletar

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Library Hi Tech News, vol. 20 no. 9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0741-9058

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Publication date: 6 September 2021

Sanjica Faletar Tanacković, Meri Bajić and Martina Dragija Ivanović

This chapter presents findings from a study into reading interests and habits of prisoners in six Croatian penitentiaries, and their perception and use of prison…

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This chapter presents findings from a study into reading interests and habits of prisoners in six Croatian penitentiaries, and their perception and use of prison libraries. The study was conducted with the help of self-administered print survey. A total of 30% of prison population (male and female) in selected prisons was included in the study and a total of 504 valid questionnaires were returned (response rate of 81.3%). Findings indicate that reading is the respondents’ most popular leisure activity and that they read more now than before coming to prison. Respondents read more fiction than non-fiction. Most frequently they read crime novels, thrillers, and historical novels. To a lesser degree, they read religious literature, biographies, spiritual novels, social problem novels, self-help, war novels, science fiction, erotic novels, romances, spy novels and horrors. Respondents would like to read daily newspapers and magazines, and books about sport, health, travel, computers, hobbies, cookbooks, etc. Respondents have wide reading interests (both in relation to fiction and non-fiction) but they do not have access to them in their prison library. Respondents reported that reading makes their life in prison easier and their time in prison passes faster with books. Only about a quarter of respondents are satisfied with their prison library collection. Almost a fifth of respondents does not visit the library at all because it does not have anything they would like to find there: newspapers, modern literature, non-fiction, reading material for visually impaired and computers.

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Exploring the Roles and Practices of Libraries in Prisons: International Perspectives
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ISBN: 978-1-80043-861-3

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Publication date: 1 August 2004

Sanjica Faletar

conference held in Dubrovnik, May 2004, which had the dual theme of human information behaviour and competences for digital libraries.

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conference held in Dubrovnik, May 2004, which had the dual theme of human information behaviour and competences for digital libraries.

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Library Hi Tech News, vol. 21 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0741-9058

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Publication date: 16 March 2015

Sanjica Faletar Tanackovic, Ivana Faletar Horvatic and Boris Badurina

The purpose of this paper is to present the exploratory study whose aim was to investigate the information needs and information-seeking behavior of post-secondary…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present the exploratory study whose aim was to investigate the information needs and information-seeking behavior of post-secondary students related to the European Union (EU) in Croatia.

Design/methodology/approach

A total of 504 students enrolled in post-secondary education across country took part in this study. Data were collected through an online survey during a 60-day period preceding the Croatia’s full membership in the EU.

Findings

The findings revealed the high need for information about the EU among the student population. The respondents required European information in a wide range of thematic areas and the majority of them did not feel well informed about the EU in general. Students responding required the European information both for personal reasons and for educational purposes. The majority of respondents required the EU information in order to better understand the EU in general and they faced a number of challenges when accessing it.

Research limitations/implications

Limitations inherent to the method used and the limited number of respondents. Future research should include a wider array of respondents (older citizens, professionals, etc.) so as to obtain a broad a picture as possible of information needs and seeking behavior related to EU.

Practical implications

The study offers valuable insight into the types of EU information needed by citizens (post-secondary students) in an acceding country. The survey results are expected to be of interest to European administration charged with 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 of EU information needs and seeking behavior in an acceding country.

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Library Hi Tech, vol. 33 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0737-8831

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Publication date: 1 September 2005

Sanjica Faletar

This conference report of the 2005 LIDA Conference captures the varied presentations by speakers from the USA, Europe and the Baltic States.

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Purpose

This conference report of the 2005 LIDA Conference captures the varied presentations by speakers from the USA, Europe and the Baltic States.

Design/methodology/approach

Digital libraries are in a maturing state and different developments were shared and examples of projects were given.

Findings

This is an annual meeting in this region of the world that brings a talented list of speakers from North America and Europe.

Research limitations/implications

Small conference.

Practical implications

This is a focused conference that has proven itself over time to attract excellent keynote speakers that come to this part of the world to share expertise and ideas.

Originality/value

This conference attracts major prominent speakers so the themes are important and well documented. The annual themes lend to many subthemes such as user evaluation, usability, digital reference, and other new digital applications.

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Library Hi Tech News, vol. 22 no. 8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0741-9058

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Publication date: 1 February 2005

Sanjica Faletar

To provide an overview of CALIMERA (Cultural Applications: Local Institutions Mediating Electronic Resources Access), a Coordination Action under the European Union’s…

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Purpose

To provide an overview of CALIMERA (Cultural Applications: Local Institutions Mediating Electronic Resources Access), a Coordination Action under the European Union’s Information Society Technologies Framework Programme 6 – IST FP6.

Design/methodology/approach

A summary of the main points and objectives of the programme.

Findings

The goal of CALIMERA is to assist local cultural institutions – public libraries, museums and archives – to apply and develop innovative technologies and joint strategies for serving ordinary citizens in their everyday lives. The CALIMERA partner network involves directly 52 organisations from 42 European and neighbouring countries, including local and municipal public libraries, museums and archives, national authorities, research institutions and solutions providers. The 18 month Coordination Action which started in December 2003 builds upon the achievements of another EU project, PULMAN Network of Excellence (Public Libraries Mobilising Advanced Networks).

Originality/value

This is a useful summary of a European programme of interest to all those involved iwth information management.

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Library Hi Tech News, vol. 22 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0741-9058

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Article
Publication date: 22 November 2011

Sanjica Faletar Tanackovic, Darko Lacovic and Snjezana Stanarevic

The purpose of this paper is to present the findings of a small scale study the aim of which was to survey the information needs and library usage of major…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present the findings of a small scale study the aim of which was to survey the information needs and library usage of major long‐established national minorities (Serbian, Hungarian and Slovak) in eastern Croatia (Osijek‐Baranya county); in particular in relation to the information and reading material in their native languages.

Design/methodology/approach

Owing to spatial limitations this paper focuses on the Serbian national minority. Data were gathered with the help of quantitative methodology. Self‐administered questionnaires were distributed through Serbian cultural associations (the snowball sampling method). In total, 140 valid and usable questionnaires were returned. Descriptive statistics and variant analysis were used to analyse the data.

Findings

The study indicated that respondents had the need for diverse information and reading material in their mother tongue and that for that purpose they used public libraries less often than some other information sources, such as TV, newspapers, internet and local Serbian cultural associations.

Research limitations/implications

The limitations of the research are inherent in the methodology. The authors will, in the next phase of the project, carry out in‐depth interviews with respondents.

Practical implications

The importance of this research lies in its implications for the development of library services to multicultural communities in Croatia, as well as offering suggestions for improving collection building in Croatian public libraries. This study could encourage librarians in Croatia to systematically collect and analyse information about their local community minorities; especially their library and information needs.

Originality/value

This is the first investigation into the information needs and library usage of long‐established national minorities in Croatia.

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Publication date: 21 November 2008

Sanjica Faletar Tanackoviæ and Boris Badurina

The purpose of this paper is to report on research that examined the relationship between, and collaboration of, Croatian archives, libraries and museums.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to report on research that examined the relationship between, and collaboration of, Croatian archives, libraries and museums.

Design/methodology/approach

Online survey and unstructured interviews with archivists from across Croatia were used to investigate collaborative activities in Croatian archives.

Findings

Archivists see libraries and museums as their natural partners and believe that collaboration facilitates their mission and leads to better service to patrons. However, they all believe that there is room for more intensive inter‐institutional partnerships. Apart from numerous benefits, they also indicated a number of challenges they face in collaborative activities.

Research limitations/implications

A larger sample for qualitative methodology would greatly serve to clarify and expand upon the findings.

Practical implications

The results of this survey are useful to cultural heritage professionals in planning and organisation of collaborative projects. Also, government and authorised institutions can learn about what kind of support archives would need to embark on a more intensive collaboration.

Originality/value

To the author's knowledge, this is the first work that looks in detail into collaborative activities of archives. As far as the authors are aware, similar investigations have been carried out regarding library and museum collaboration only.

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Library Hi Tech, vol. 26 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0737-8831

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Publication date: 6 September 2021

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Exploring the Roles and Practices of Libraries in Prisons: International Perspectives
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-80043-861-3

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