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Professional and scientific publications of the Croatian Library Association : reders' interests and habits


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Hebrang Grgić, Ivana. (2018). Professional and scientific publications of the Croatian Library Association : reders' interests and habits. Vjesnik bibliotekara Hrvatske, 61(2). pp. 29-46. ISSN 0507-1925

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Purpose. The aim of the paper is to describe the role of publishing activities of the Croatian Library Association and to investigate reading interests and habits of its readers. Approach/methodology/design. The professional literature and earlier researches are analysed in order to present the publishing activities of the Croatian Library Associ-ation (CLA). The scientific and professional character of the publications was analysed, based on the content analysis of the web pages and inspection of the publications. The online questionnaire was sent to members and non-members of the Association em-ployed in various libraries in Croatia. The sample consists of 227 completed surveys. Results. The first part of the research shows that the proportion of both scientific and professional papers and publications is similar, but in the last few years the number of the scientific ones has increased. The questionnaire has shown a great interest in Croa-tian Library Association’s publications – the respondents read and use the publications regularly, some of them are also the authors, or would like to be the authors of the contri-butions in the publications. The Croatian Librarians Herald is read by more than 97 % of respondents and the CLA News is regularly read by more than 93 % of respondents. The books published by the CLA are used on an everyday basis by 91 % of respondents. The publishing activities of the CLA are one of the Association’s most important activities, and are of a great importance for the development of librarianship as profession, but also for the field of library and information science.Originality/value. The results show that the number of scientific publications pub-lished by the CLA is growing, and therefore it can be considered a scientific, not only a professional association. The CLA’s publishing activity has a long tradition, but from time to time, it faces certain problems. The results of this research can help the CLA in solving the problems they encounter and in planning future activities.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Croatian Library Association (CLA), professional publications, publish-ing, readers, scientific publications
Subjects: Information sciences
Information sciences > Librarianship
Information sciences > Book and publishing
Departments: Department of Information Science > Chair of librarianship
Department of Information Science > Chair of book and publishing
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2019 17:49
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2019 17:49

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