Rijeka City Library winner of EIFL-PLIP Award

Rijeka City Library is the winner of EIFL-PLIP Award in the category Creative use of ICT in public libraries for their GKR online Magazine that provides outlet for young writers and artists.
‘GKR Magazine is the only publication on the local literary scene following modern, forward-looking issues.’ – Writer and local artist using the pen-name “Skarlet_P”.

Rijeka City Library draws on the creativity of students and young unemployed people in Rijeka to publish an exciting online magazine that tackles serious issues and challenges shallow and sensationalist local media.

GKR Magazin has led to an explosion of creativity in Rijeka, a city of 128,000 people. Since its launch in June 2013, the magazine has published over 500 articles; built up a team of eight volunteer editors, designers and proofreaders, and has 68 regular contributors – mostly aged under 30 – who provide a steady stream of short stories, news, essays, features, poetry, reviews, photographs and film. Watch out local media – GKR Magazin already has over 2,000 visitors a day!

‘As an amateur writer I find GKR Magazin incredibly useful for developing writing skills, meeting people of similar interest, and sharing experiences. More importantly, writing for GKR Magazin is fun!’ - Tamara Crnko, young author.

Creative use of ICT
The library publishes GKR Magazin (Rijeka City Library Magazine) using an interactive Open-source Content Management System (CMS) that enables users to create, publish and view text and images from desktop, laptop and tablet computers, and smartphones.

‘GKR Magazin's interface is user-friendly and exciting, with interactive tools. The magazine has become a space for connecting young and established authors and supporting creative people.' -  Katarina Lovrečić, GKR Magazin author and editor.

(D.H., 24.01.2014)