I was born in 1982 in Zagreb, Republic of Croatia. I earned my Master’s degree in Croatian Culture and Philosophy at the University Centre for Croatian Studies and Master’s degree in Library Science at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Zagreb. In 2010 I started working as a Children Librarian in Library of August Cesarec, one of Zagreb City Libraries. Since 2017 I’ve been working as a Head of Mobile Library Service of Zagreb City Libraries.
My greatest motivation for being a librarian is summed up in a quote by Brandt Legg in his dystopian book The Last Librarian: Books are more than words, they’re dreams, ideas, and answers, and that is why they fear them (…) – so that is why I want to share my love of books with others.
Kristina Čunović, a senior librarian, graduated in Sociology Sciences and Librarianship at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. Since 2002, she is reference librarian in City library “Ivan Goran Kovačić” in Karlovac, where since 2003 she managed the Library for the Youth. At present, she is Head of Library Research and Development Department for School and Public Libraries in Karlovac County. She also manages one workshop for librarians about library services for babies, children of early age and their parents in libraries in The Training Centre for Continuing Education of Librarians. From 2012 to 2014 she was the President of the Library Services Commission for Children and Youth of the Croatian Library Association. She is coordinator of the first Croatian national campaign promoting reading aloud to children from the earliest age „Read to me!“. She was actively involved in the EU Commission Project – The European Literacy Policy Network – ELINET (2014-2016).
17. 10. 1983, Bachelor of Arts in Art History (2010, University of Ljubljana) and Librarian (2013, National and University Library) did her internship as a Librarian in Prezihov Voranc Library branch of Ljubljana City Library in 2012. There she worked as a reference librarian and head of cultural events until 2016, when she progressed as head of mobile library. She is passionate about working with children with disabilities, therefore she learned sign language.
Since 2003 she is a part of the public library Dr. Karel Lavrič Ajdovščina and since 2015 she works in the mobile library department (12 days per month). She tries to provide to the patrons, not just library material but also a kind word and a smile.
Team leader mobile libraries and service coordinator at ZB| Planbureau en Bibliotheek van Zeeland, the Netherlands.
In my opinion it is very important that every individual is able to participate in our (often complex) current society. I try to contribute by:
- bringing the mobile libraries with library (and other extended services) to the local communities, especially villages with lesser facilities;
- offering a safe place in the (mobile) library where people can meet, read, learn, create;
- organising programs for children age 0-14 to prevent illiteracy;
- organising programs for adults to fight illiteracy;
- organising courses where people can improve their digital skills.
KOVÁCSNÉ KORENY Ágnes
Gained MA in LIS and in literature and grammar at ELTE (Budapest), she started her carrier in the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. 1996-2004, she worked for the Delegation of the European Commission to Hungary, then she moved to the Hungarian Parliament where she worked for the next 10 years, first in Library, later as the Head of PR Department of the Office of Parliament. Since May 2014, she has been the Deputy Director-General of the ‘Ervin Szabó’ Metropolitan Library, Budapest. She is Member of the Editorial Advisory Board and Peer Reviewer of New Library World, too. She started her PhD studies in 2015.
Klaudija Mandić works at the City Library and Reading Room Vinkovci as head of the bookmobile service. She is PhD student at Postgraduate Doctoral Study Programme „Knowledge Society and Information Transfer“ at University of Zadar. She has participated and gave presentations at numerous professional conferences in Croatia and abroad and is the author of several professional papers on the subject of mobile librarianship. Her interests include mobile libraries and social inclusion, information literacy and childhood creativity in libraries.
Željko Mavretić was born in Karlovac in 1961. He is an MBA graduate in the field of business management in Karlovac. He has worked for more than 30 years as a librarian, first at the People’s library Ozalj, then at the City library I.G. Kovačić in Karlovac. After a few breaks, he started working at the mobile library in 1994. and has been working there ever since. He participated as a project assistant in the arrangement and realization various EU projects. Besides being a librarian, he also engages in writing and literature. He has published many works of belles lettres and fiction. He also works as the editor for the City library and the Writer’s Circle in Karlovac.
Jasmina Milovčić, a senior librarian, graduated at the Faculty of Political Sciences at University of Zagreb. Since 2015 she has been the Director of the Public Library „Ivan Goran Kovačić“. She actively participates in the work of the Croatian Library Association and on national and international professional conventions. She was the president of the Karlovac County Library Association for two mandates and she was a member of the Expert Council of the Main County Public and School Libraries. As a member of the project team she was working on the MOBILLL project (within IPA-overborder programme Croatia-Bosnia and Herzegovina 2007-2013)
Tjaša Mrgole Jukič
Head department of the Mobile Library at the Ivan Potrč Library in Ptuj in Slovenia.
She is also the President of the Mobile Libraries Section department in Slovenian Library Association.
For many years she has been conducting statistics on the work of Mobile Libraries in Slovenia. Her work includes being editor of the magazine: Travelling News.
As the President of the Section, she organises festivals and professional meetings regarding Mobile Libraries in Slovenia. She dedicated her businesses life to the Mobile Libraries.
Iva Pezer, Master of Library and Information Science, works at the City Library and Reading Room Vinkovci as Head of the Development Department for public and school libraries of Vukovar-Srijem County. She’s actively promoting librarianship in the County and beyond. She works on the systematic development of library network with the goal of effective performance of library activities. Her main focus is ensuring the availability of library services to everyone. She has participated and gave presentations at numerous professional conferences in Croatia and abroad and is the author of several professional papers on the subject of mobile librarianship. She is the President of the Commission for Mobile Libraries of Croatian Library Association which promotes the significance of mobile libraries for the equality and freedom of access to information for all citizens, especially those in rural, scattered and sparsely populated settlements.
Dr. Prokai Margit
1981 óta dolgozom a II. Rákóczi Ferenc Könyvtárban, 2012 októberétől látom el a vezetői feladatokat. Könyvtári munkakörben számos szakmai területen szereztem gyakorlatot és tapasztalatot az elmúlt évtizedekben (voltam feldolgozó, gyűjteményszervező, tájékoztató, gyermekkönyvtáros, módszertanos). Eredeti végzettségem, magyar-cseh szakos bölcsészdiplomám mellé először könyvtárkezelői tanfolyami, majd informatikus könyvtáros egyetemi szakképesítést szereztem. A könyveknek és a könyvtárnak köszönhetem, hogy a könyvtártudományban tudományos fokozatot (PhD) szerezhettem. Szakmai hivatástudatomban kiemelt helyen szerepel az az érdeklődés, amely a szakmai nyelvhez, a könyvtári terminológiához kapcsolódik, publikációim többsége ehhez a témához kötődik. 2006-2012 között a Szent István Egyetem Bölcsészeti Karának egyetemi docenseként informatikus könyvtáros hallgatókat oktattam Jászberényben. Könyvtári munkám mellett mindig a család volt a legfontosabb számomra, három gyermekem, hamarosan három unokám körében, boldog nagymamaként várom és remélem a családfa további terebélyesedését. A miskolci Rákóczi Könyvtárba vezérelt életutamon, a Rákóczi-család hitvallását tartottam vezérfonalként szemem előtt: „Nem azon múlik, aki törtet, vagy aki akar, hanem a könyörülő Istenen.”
Graduate librarian in the public library “Petar Preradović” Bjelovar’s Bookmobile department since May 2015 when my predecessor, Željko Prohaska, retired after 40 years spent as the bookmobile’s librarian. It’s a great honor for me to continue on in the right direction while applying IFLA’s and UNESCO’s guidelines for general availability of information for all citizens regardless of their place of residence. Even though our working conditions aren’t always ideal, I believe that I have the best job in the world and nothing is too hard for me. Seeing the smiles on our users’ faces is always reward enough.
Dijana Sabolović-Krajina has BA in Philosophy and Sociology, BSc. in Librarianship, MA in Philosophy, PhD in information and communication sciences. Library Director, Library Consultant and Research Assistant. About 40 articles and numerous domestic and international conferenece presentations on librarianship, literacy and reading. Fellowships in Denmark, UK, Germany, and Finland. President of Croatian Reading Association and member of European Committeee of International Reading Organization 1997-2006. Active member of Croatian Library Association since 1985; chair of its Committee for Management in few mandates. Awarded for noticed results in promoting Croatian librarianship.
Nikola Solomun is a driver-librarian of the bibliobus of the City library „Ivan Goran Kovačić“ in Karlovac. As the driver, he navigates the vehicle (bibliobus) of the mobile library and take care of its technical necessities with the goal of transporting the books in the safest possible way to our users. As a librarian he executes activities which include borrowing books, answering our user’s questions, manipulating the book- and non-book wares and cooperating with my colleagues in the central institution for purchasing books, cooperating with the employees of the schools we visit, that means everything necessary to make it possible that the sought book finds its way to the customer.
Matjaž was a part of the mobile library department between 2012 and 2015 he has been involved in the process of acquiring the new vehicle in 2015. Otherwise he looks after the information technology and a bunch of other stuff in the library.
Mario Šimić is a graduate of comparative literature, indology and librarianship. He is an employee of the Bibiliobus service of the City library „Ivan Goran Kovačić“ in Karlovac. Alongside of his job in the bibliobus, he also works in the library as a designer and project developer for creative workshops for children and adults.
A book lover with M.A. in History of Art and Comparative Literature, in 2007 I left my hometown (Zagreb) and job in journalism, and moved to Koprivnica to pursue a long-lasting desire of becoming a librarian. I’ve spent seven years in Virje Public Library while receiving M.A. in Librarianship at the same time, and continued my career at Public Library „Fran Galović“ Koprivnica as head of the Bookmobile Service. As a mobile library librarian, I am responsible for the planning and implementation of mobile library programs, activities and tasks. I’m also responsible for creating and conducting library services for users living in small and remote villages in Koprivnica-Krizevci County, communication with library associates, and selection of library materials. And with everyday travels with our bookmobile, I also have a privilege to enjoy the best office view!
Graduated in Slovene and Russian language and literature from the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana (1981). Employed in the Maribor Public Library since 1986. Director of the library since 1991. In 2005 she passed the specialisation exam with the thesis entitled Internal Organisation and Human Resources Management in a Public Library. In 2000 she received the Čop certificate of honour for her professional work; the same recognition was awarded to the Maribor Public Library as an institution (2001). The library’s bibliobus was awarded the title of Bibliobus of the Year 2001 in the Netherlands.
As the first library in Slovenia, the Maribor Public Library in 2005 aligned its business operations with the requirements of the quality management standard ISO 900.
Vladimir Vranješević works at the City Library and Reading Room Vinkovci. Since 2012 he works as a librarian at the Bookmobile service of Vukovar-Srijem County. He is studying library science at The Department of Cultural Studies, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek. He organizes and conducts BBC micro.bit programming workshops at library and bibliobus. His interest include library promotion, educational wokshops, programming, web design etc.
Dr. Vraukóné Lukács Ilona
I have been in the service of libraries and reading for three and a half decades, within Hungary’s borders and beyond.
Right after graduation I taught in higher education, then I obtained practical experience, in virtually all fields of the profession, at ”Zsigmond Móricz” City and County Library. I found my calling in supporting the libraries of small settlements, and those in ethnic Hungarian areas across the border, especially in the Subcarpathian region of Ukraine and Szatmár county in Romania. I have used the experience gained in my work in organizing the professional adult- and further education for nearly a decade. Although had not been directly involved in the preparations for launching the bibliobus service, but I was pleased to meet the challenge soon after it started.
Despite all the difficulties, we see the miracle every day. A miracle that nobody else can see.
Dr. Elisabeth Willnat
Born in Hildesheim, Germany
1976 – 1979 Library Science
1979 – 1984 German and French Literature and Linguistics
1990 Doctorate in Philosophy (German Literature)
1990 – 1991 Trainee, Stadtbücherei Frankfurt am Main
1991 – 1998 Academic employee and head of departments, Stadtbücherei Frankfurt am Main
1998 – 2004 Head ot the Library of the Stiftung Archiv der Akademie der Künste, Berlin
2004 – Head of the Public Library Freiburg im Breisgau
Antoinette van Zanten
I have an active career in the library field. I started out in the field of the library system and computerizing, project development and for fifteen years now I specialise in services. For instance mobile services, innovation, international networking and cultural education. I am department head for ZB| Planbureau en Bibliotheek van Zeeland and function as substitute managing director. I am experienced in financial management, marketing and exploring the commercial possibilities of the library. In my spare time I enjoy spending time in nature (in Zeeland) and listening to Italian opera music.