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Name: Slovenian Library Association
Short name: ZBDS
TIN: 93212151
EU PIC: 881190875
Bank account: 02010-0014608845


Damjana Vovk, ​president
Magdalena Svetina Terčon, ​vice president
Neža Podjavoršek, ​vice president


Slovenian Library Association
Turjaška 1
SI-1000 Ljubljana

SLA Sections

Sections are permanent working bodies of the Slovenian Library Association and are organised by library types and activities.

Their task is to study and resolve theoretic and practical issues in individual fields of library and information services as well as to co-ordinate professional work within their specific area. 

Local studies and cultural heritage section

The goal of the Local studies and cultural heritage section is to offer professional support and networking opportunities to librarians working in the field of local studies. The section also maintains cooperation between libraries and museums, archives, galleries and other similar organisations.

Mira Petrovič, president

Youth libraries section

The Youth libraries section provides support to library staff in the field of youth librarianship. Its focus is on the children and parents, youth librarians and professional staff as well as the youth departments of public libraries and their managers. The section publishes the newsletter SeM@FoR.
Lavra Tinta, president

Mobile libraries section

The Mobile libraries section connects Slovenian mobile libraries and their librarians and spreads awareness on the importance of mobile libraries in the modern world. To that end it engages in exchanging practices and information on mobile libraries and community building. It publishes the newspaper Potujoče novice.

Matjaž Stibilj, president

Promotion and marketing section

The activities of the Promotion and marketing section are focused on maximising the visibility of the library profession among users and librarians. It does so by highlighting good library practises at home and abroad, as well as by organising promotional campaigns and staff training.

Saša Vidmar, president

Special libraries section

The Special libraries section was founded to address the issues and needs of library information experts working in corporations, research institutes, government agencies, healthcare facilities, museums and other organisations. The section also exists to represent the interests of those working in special libraries and engage in cooperation and exchanging information. In addition, it collaborates in setting up the wider Slovenian library network and information system.

Barbara Kavčič, president

Public libraries section

The Public libraries section promotes the activities of public libraries and spreads awareness of their importance in the modern Slovenian society. It facilitates the development of public libraries and their services, including services for users with special needs. The section also engages in setting up partnerships with librarians and organisations in local areas.

Luana Malec, president

School libraries section

As the name implies, the School libraries section focuses on addressing issues in the field of school libraries and representing the interests of school librarians in communication with the Ministry of Education of Slovenia.
Andreja Urbanec, president

Academic libraries section

The Academic libraries section covers the field of academic librarianship. It represents the interests of librarians working in academic and university libraries and helps to establish cooperation between librarians and educators in academic environments.
Ines Grlj, president

Library and information science students' section

The Library and information science students' section helps the students of library science to connect with the library profession and to acquire knowledge and experience outside of the faculty. Additionally, the section helps to connect the students of library science inside and outside of Slovenia. Members of the section attend the international conference Bobcatsss and publish the student magazine Štubidu.
Luka Oprešnik, president

Current events

22nd Mobile Libraries
Conference and Festival of Bibliobuses

May 16 – 17, 2024, Ljubljana + in an online environment

Foundations and awards

The Čop Awards

The Čop Awards are the most prestigious awards, meant to commemorate outstanding achievements in the field of librarianship. There are three types of Čop Awards: Čop Diplomas (Čopove diplome), Čop Acknowledgements (Čopova priznanja) and Čop Plaquettes (Čopove plakete).

The Čop Diplomas are lifetime achievement awards for librarianship. They can only be received once by full or honorary members of the SLA.

The Čop Acknowledgements are awarded for special professional achievements with regard to the popularisation of librarianship, the maintaining of the public reputation of libraries, librarians and the library profession and the development of librarianship as a whole. They can be received one or more times by full or honorary members of the SLA and occasionally by other organisations and their members, who support the SLA or the field of librarianship as a whole.

The Čop Plaquettes are awarded to supporters of the SLA (sponsors, donators, associations, foundations etc.). 


The Goropevšek Awards

The Goropevšek Awards are national awards for outstanding achievements in the field of local studies and cultural heritage. There are two types of Goropevšek Awards: Goropevšek Acknowledgements (Goropevškova priznanja) and Goropevšek Charters (Goropevškove listine).

The Goropevšek Acknowledgements are awarded to members of the Local studies and cultural heritage section of the SLA for important contributions to the local studies field. They can only be received once.

The Goropevšek Charters are awarded to individuals and organisations (partners, supporters, sponsors and donators), who support the activities of the Section. They can be received more than once. 


The Bruno Hartman Memorial Fund

The Bruno Hartman Memorial Fund, named after the famed Slovenian librarian Bruno Hartman, was created to encourage the doctoral study of library science. It offers scholarships to doctoral students of library science who are active members of library associations and who actively contribute to the field.


The Kalan Fund Awards

The Kalan Fund is a memorial fund named after the librarian and educator Pavle Kalan. Founded in 1974, its purpose is to facilitate the professional, theoretical and research work of Slovenian librarians. 

The Kalan Fund Awards are bi-annual awards received by Slovenian library workers for written scientific or professional works that contribute to the theoretical and practical aspect of library and information science and librarianship. 


The Stepišnik Fund

The Stepišnik Fund is named after Lovro Stepišnik, the founder of the first Slovenian mobile library and the first mobile librarian not only in Slovenia but in the wider Balkan area. 

The Fund, operational since 1998, is meant to facilitate the development, professional activity and promotion of mobile librarianship by offering funds for research projects, professional meetings and promotional materials.    


The Golden Pear Acknowledgements

The Golden Pear Acknowledgements or "The Golden Pears" for short are annual occupational acknowledgements for the best books for children and youths

Since 2021, they are awarded jointly by the SLA and the Ljubljana City Library (Mestna knjižnica Ljubljana - MKL). They are awarded on the 13th of November - on World Kindness Day.




The most important journal for library and information science in Slovenia, active since 1957.

ISSN 0023-2424, e-ISSN 1581-7903

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Potujoče novice

The professional newspaper of the Mobile libraries section.

ISSN 1855-1718

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Newsletter published by the Youth libraries section.

ISSN 2738-6252 

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Mednarodni mesec šolskih knjižnic

The bulletin of the School libraries section.

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A magazine published by the Library and information science students' section.

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other publications

Guidelines and standards
Brochures and pamphlets 

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