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Mar 17, 2010 - Monastery of St. Francis Assisi

We had an amazing experience at the Monastery in Zadar. Marijana did a wonderful job of describing the process of inventorying the collection as well as the history of the collection. I, for one, thought this trip would be all about doing actual work on this project, but after learning the scope of the work, my thought is "How naive/arrogant of us to think we could waltz in for five days and do anything productive!" It would take that long and longer to learn to do the job properly, and our effect on the project during our stay would have...

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Mar 17, 2010 - Zadar Monastery & University

Marijana's workshop at the Franciscan Monastery was eye opening: I had no idea how difficult it was to evaluate antiquarian books. Julie, Anne and I looked at one small book from 1768 but that was about all we could decipher. What a challenge for everyone working there - so many books and so much damage too. Julie and I were also surprised at the damage done by book worms. Bookworms are usually depicted in cute illustrations wearing glasses and smiling. Well, the damage they do...not so cute. Back to the University for more lectures - and...

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Mar 17, 2010 - Zadar, Day 3

Our first stop today was the Franciscan Monastery in town. We got to hear all about their project, which is preserving the thousands of old books in their collection and cataloging them. For the last two and a half years they have been trying to catalog the collection, which has been difficult due to lack of money, lack of staff, and the condition of the books. Many of the books have been damaged by bugs, while others have water damage and other assorted problems. They were collected over the years from various monasteries, and for the most...

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Mar 17, 2010 - University of Zadar Library School

We had three speakers at the new campus of the University of Zadar who are professors in the LIS program. These speakers gave us information allowing us to make comparisons of their program with our program at Emporia. The final speaker addressed issues of book preservation that were relevant to our visits at both monasteries. Because the presentation was by Skype and there was noise interference with the transmission, I was unable to glean a lot from the speaker. She is clearly a renowned expert in this field, and it was disappointing...

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Mar 16, 2010 - University of Zadar

We returned to Old Town this morning to visit the University of Croatia. We were addressed first by Robert Lonadric regarding the history and geography of Croatia. This presentation was a great introduction/review of the historical perspective against which the rest of our visit would be analyzed. An interesting point in the discussion was Robert's response to a question about his position on joining the EU. Robert stated without hesitation that, if he were asked to vote on the question today, he would not vote in favor of Croatia becoming...

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Mar 16, 2010 - Zadar - University, Archives

Our first day was an incredibly busy one. Robert Lonacric's geohistorical lecture did more than offer regional facts: his passion for a national identity was evident. After the lives lost in the war and fighting for independence, I certainly understand why there would be resistance to melding into the European Union and teaching in English rather than Croatian. Being allowed to tour the holdings of Zadar's Research Library was a true privilege. I was charmed by their catalogs with cards so old, yellowed, and written in beautiful script -...

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Mar 16, 2010 - Research Library of Zadar

Our visit to the Research Library of Zadar was very enlightening. This type of library is unique in my experience, and it was a very impressive collection. Among the many things we were told about this library during our tour is that the University of Zadar was founded there in part due to the Research Library collection; however, the Research Library is not university affiliated. The pride in the collection struck me again at this institution. In fact, when we were taken in to the reading room, one of the researchers spoke out and thanked...

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Mar 16, 2010 - Experiencing Zadar and all it's glory!

Waking up to the beauty of Zadar was awesome! A quick stop for an espresso and a tour of the local grocery story was a great way to start the day. Getting down to business was on the agenda as we gathered into a conference room within the University of Zadar. Our first presentation was given by Robert Lonacric. His insightful lecture helped me gain a greater understanding of the history and geography of Croatia. After seeing the landscape and hearing about the 1,246 islands and the 5,835 km of coastline, it was clear why the territory has...

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Mar 16, 2010 - Zadar Public Library

Wow! The Zadar Public Library was a very impressive institution. Again, the history of the library included damages by acts of war. A photograph that impressed me was of scaffolding surrounding the circulation desk due to this damage that remained in place for months (if not years. As an employee of a public library and a librarian who intends to work in public libraries for the foreseeable future, this library felt very "Americanized." I have no reason to think this was the intent at all, but their issues and position in the community in...

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Mar 16, 2010 - Zadar, Day 2

We began our second day in Zadar at the University of Zadar, where we first walked up about four flights of stairs and then found out we couldn't use that room and walked back down again. Once we got settled, we had a lecture on the history of Croatia by Robert Loncaric. It was extremely helpful after our tour the day before. He very clearly laid out the history of Croatia, and afterwards I found myself wishing I could take the tour with Mladen again. Of course, I wouldn't have been quite as interested in the lecture if we hadn't had the...

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Mar 15, 2010 - Zadar, Croatia

Our first introduction to Old Town Zadar. We took the public bus from near the hotel to near the bridge that crosses from new Zadar to Old Town Zadar. The group took a walking tour of the city, led by Mladic from the Zadar Public Library. Being a weak walker, Marta most graciously escorted me on a briefer tour of Old Town and shared a coffee with me in the square inside the gate. The time spent in Old Town gave me a greater sense of the depth of the history we were surrounded by and the importance of religion in that history over the...

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Mar 15, 2010 - Zadar, Day 1

Monday we spent the day in Zadar. We started with a tour of the city, which was done by Mladen Masar, who works in public relations for the public library. He did a great job, and we walked for two hours, hearing bits and pieces about the history of the area. If I hadn’t kept stopping to take pictures I would have caught more of what he said! The city’s past is reflected in its architecture, and there are bits and pieces of a variety of times and countries side by side. There are churches everywhere – many are now being used for other...

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