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Ismena Meic


Ismena Meic from Croatia is also standing for the Standing Committee. We wish her and all other nominees well


Name: Ismena Meić
Institution: Zagreb City Libraries
Country: Croatia
What experience will you bring to the role of Standing Committee Member?
As a Head of The City Library of Zagreb (central library in the network of The Zagreb City Libraries) I have a good insight in today’s public library which is changing from a traditional to modern library.
My main fields of professional interest include: library digitization, web 2.0 design and implementation, desktop publishing, exploring new media and digital arts.
First of all, my relevant interests include programs for managing knowledge and creative potential of users. I have extensive experience as an organizer and editor of the forums, which are organized by City Library in Zagreb. When considering developments in technology, Zagreb City Libraries provide a platform for interaction of prominent scientists, authors, artists and other innovative individuals with users.
New technologies are here but ways to use them and development of a self-conscious individual who will be able to decide for himself and for the well-being of the community is a main task of a new modern library.
Because of the lack of space, the priority is the construction of the new building of the City library, a central library of Zagreb City Libraries. Now, we are campaigning for the new building. The new City Library should be a new symbol of Zagreb. I hope, with my future experience I will contribute to this issue.

With Book to a Roof Over the Head

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Over the past few weeks members of the Public Libraries Section have been discussing programs for  homeless citizens.

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Our member Ljiljana Sabljak has sent in this report about the programs the City Library of Zagreb offers around social inclusion. The project is called With Book to a Roof Over the Head:

Our  homeless citizens are not only users but also creators of the program, they become students who adopt new information and teachers who share knowledge and experience.We started because of the social role of the public library with a class of information literacy for homeless people. Free workshops for information literacy and computer literacy were offered in the library. After a year we donated some computers to their shelters.

We also started free art workshops for homeless people with the purpose of animating creative expressions. Today they sell their  magazine Light of the Street,  post cards, Christmas cards and souviners.All this helps them to be included, and increase their budget.

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