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Title:In “No man’s land”: Libraries in post-Dayton Bosnia and Herzegovina
Author(s):Kasapović, Indira
Subject(s):Post-Communism Development
History of Libraries
Central and Eastern Europe--Libraries
Abstract:This paper presents the complex situation that libraries in Bosnia and Herzegovina face and suggests possible avenues for improvement. After brief coverage of the history of libraries in the country from the Middle Ages to the communist period, the paper focuses on the devastation that occurred during the war that took place in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995, which was formally brought to an end by the Dayton Peace Agreement. The problems that libraries have faced in the current period of peace cannot be understood without reference to this episode of the war. The most difficult problems they face today are the lack of adequate legislation, the politicization of library activities, and the war devastation. In addition, at the beginning of 2014, the library and information system of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is based on a computer program for cooperative cataloging, was split into two parts. The fragmentation of contemporary Bosnian and Herzegovinian society is evidenced by the damage and division that politics has managed to effect, which the war did not.
Issue Date:2015
Publisher:Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In Library Trends 63 (4) Spring 2015: 663–674.
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright (2015) Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-04-07

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