The seventh Conference of directors of the national libraries of South East Europe and workshop whose central theme was digital preservation and permanent storage of digital objects were held at the National Library of Serbia in Belgrade on October 4 and 5.
The theme of the Conference was: The State of Digitization in the National Libraries of South East Europe and the Problems of Storing and Protecting Digital Items, with a focus on storage issues, preservation and protection of physical materials, while during the workshop the senior librarian of the National Library of Montenegro “Đurđe Crnojević”, Zorica Sjekloća, held a presentation about the Digital Library of Montenegro.
The participants were directors of libraries from Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Albania, Greece and Serbia, who exchanged experiences in the field of the latest trends in the development of digital collections in their libraries, as well as digital data management tools. Going projects were presented, many of which common, and in this connection it was underlined the significance of networking, resource sharing, as well as planned and strategic improvement of the field of digitization through the continuation of cooperation in future projects.
The conference and workshop were supported by the Conference of Directors of National Libraries of Europe through the grant of Erland Kolding Nielsen, long-time director of the Royal Library in Denmark. The grant is awarded annually to a library member to encourage international co-operation and strengthen links between the national libraries of Europe.