Tin Ujević Library Network as a Promoter of Critical Access in the Digital Transformation for the Changing World

GRAŠIĆ KVESIĆ, Tea and ĆURLIĆ, Adela and PERASOVIĆ, Mila (2019) Tin Ujević Library Network as a Promoter of Critical Access in the Digital Transformation for the Changing World. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2019 - Athens, Greece - Libraries: dialogue for change in Session S05 - Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning. In: Librarians and information professionals as (pro)motors of change: immersing, including and initiating digital transformation for smart societies, 20-21 August 2019, Zagreb, Croatia.

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Tin Ujević Library Network as a Promoter of Critical Access in the Digital Transformation for the Changing World

Tin Ujević Library Network is an integral part of the Zagreb City Libraries and includes six public libraries in the western part of the city. This library as the center of this network carries out the procurement and processing of materials and coordinates the development of each branch with spaces equipment, IT and technological needs for efficient business operations. In these conditions librarians as information specialists with lifelong education strive to keep up with all the social and technological changes of a smart society, and try not to neglect and not forget the original humanistic and hereditary mission of the public library in direct contact with the user of the local community. Business transformation, digitalization in the sense of smart library development is necessarily, but the critical role of librarians in evaluating these changes is undoubted. The public library is and must be the bridge builder between the new modern smart society on the one hand and the new modern individual - the user on the other. Tin Ujević Library with her branches wants to continue to develop in the direction of digital transformations, but also to work on mutual relations with users because that is the fundamental of a good quality life. Direct contacts with the users of our library in the local community (and beyond), children from kindergartens and primary schools, associations of senior citizens, inclusion promotion associations, associations of people with special needs, associations with people with developmental difficulties are indicators of equal roles of librarians as a professionals and educators, but also as a counselors in understanding of reality in which everything is full of information expansion, so that individuals would be able to make true or wise decisions in accordance with their human nature.

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