How apt in the week of the Eurovision final that have arrived in this beautifulhistorical and vibrant city as part of the Erasmus exchange programme to investigate all things library‘-past present and future. I am being kindly hosted by Dragutin Nemec –Periodicals Librarian at the Law Faculty Library of the University of Zagreb –which celebrates its 350th anniversary this year. These blog entries this week will not seek to be exhaustive but rather highlight something that stands out from the days encountersvisits and meetingsWriting this blog is slower than usual as I have to get used to a whole new kind of keyboard and keep on finding Z  in the place of Y and hitting other new‘ characters Ć č Ž Š Đ  One initial experience which truly enthralled me was my visit to the Croatian Academy  of Sciences and Arts where I had the chance to see a stunning collection which runs from Misal po zakonu rimskoga dvora from 1483 to the 21st Century ‘DiZbi.HAZU –a unique free digital repository of the Academy’s scientific and  historic holdings.  

I had always read how William Tyndale’s 1526 bible in English was seen as shocking and subversive, since translation from Latin  into the vernacular was not permitted (and Tyndale was burnt at the stake by Henry VIII for his ‘transgression’ but learnt at the academy that Pope Innocent IV  in 1248 allowed The Croats to use their own language and writing the Glagolitic alphabet in the liturgy. Noone else in Europe had such permission. Here I am alongside Tamara Runjak ‘ rare books librarian beside a poster in Glagolitic whicsays ”Baš Baš Baština – Really Real Heritage 

 

 

 

 

What a jump therefore it was to then be shown DiZbi.HAZU : the  collected digitized materials of the 14 Academy’s research units, museum-gallery units and the Academy Library, launched in 2009. The support of the  Europeana project has allowed the academy to offer access  24.003 digitized items ranging from books, journals, cast sheets, manuscripts, microfilms, music, photographs, plaster casts, medals and plaques, paintings, architectural plans and models, video .Go explore at http://dizbi.hazu.hr/ – it’s available in English too. I was really fascinated by the interactive WWI section http://dizbi.hazu.hr/1st_world_war/ 

That’s all for today –more tomorrow !!!!!! 

May 22nd, 2019

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