Institute Jara is a non-governmental and non-profit organisation.

Jara cooperates with libraries, supports their development and helps them to become centres of knowledge, culture and social dialogue.

This means that, under given conditions, libraries develop services, which the potential users need.

For this purpose Institute Jara:

  • organizes and implements educational programs for librarians and library managers;
  • organizes professional conferences and other events;
  • acquires and manages projects for the development of libraries and education of library staff;
  • develops and manages access to the digitised cultural heritage kept in libraries and other local cultural organisations
  • advices and helps libraries when developing new services.

Institute Jara is run by Breda Karun.


Jara, Institute for library development
02022-0258418048 (Nova ljubljanska banka)
Št. Jurij 52, 1290 Grosuplje, Slovenia
+386 1 7862 116, +386 31 235 470


Brada Karun


Between 1981 and 2004 she worked in the Oton Župančič Public Library; started in the Information Retrieval Department, then became the Head of Department of Acquisition and Subject cataloguing, and a Deputy Director.

She managed the automation process in the library and coordinated transition to the COBISS system.

She introduced and coordinated the establishment of services for special groups of users, such as Service for unemployed, Knowledge exchange, Youth Centre, special library branch at the railway station etc. While working as a Deputy Director, the library established modern management methods and team work.

She cooperates with the Slovenian Library Association on projects like setting up a development strategy of Slovenian public libraries 2014-2020, designing and implementing the training programme for top and middle management in public libraries and other national and international projects.

Professional work in Slovenia

Between 1991 and 2000 she participated in the informal public libraries’ work group, which coordinated the layout of a new system and also drew up unified requirements pertaining to the functioning of COBISS.

For two years (1994-96) she was the chair of the Section for Subject Cataloguing under the Slovenian Library Association. Between 1997 and 2003 she was the

President of the Section for Public Libraries under the Slovenian Library Association, which in that time introduced the first coordinated access to e-resources for all public libraries, organized first conferences of the public libraries, set up a web page and implemented the first national promotion of the public libraries (this was a foundation for the Public Libraries Day, which the libraries are celebrating every year on the 20th of November).

In 2005 she drew up a project for the establishment of the regional web portal KAMRA and ran it as an executive director until 2010.
She cooperates with the Slovenian Library Association on projects like setting up a development strategy of Slovenian public libraries 2014-2020, designing and implementing the training programme for top and middle management in public libraries and other national and international projects.

International work

Between 1996 and 2001 she worked as a consultant at the Open Society Institute. She evaluated projects, financed by the institute through the programme Library as Community Centre and also supervised their implementation, mostly in Eastern Europe.

She was the national coordinator for projects, financed by the European Comission: Public Libraries Development Programme, PubliCA, PULMAN, PULMAN-XT, CALIMERA, EuropeanaLocal, ENTITLE, LoCloud.

She submitted and managed three projects on mobility, which were financed by the Lifelong Learning Programme and Erasmus+.

She was one of the evaluators of the 6th framework programme IST and Lifelong Learning Programme.

She was a board member of the National Authorities of Public Libraries in Europe (NAPLE) between 2005 and 2010 and a member of the work group of aggregators and users at Europeana.

She managed the Public Library Innovation Programme of the international organisation EIFL from 2009 to 2012.

Since 2015 she is a country ambassador in INELI Balkan, a 3-year project to develop a sustainable network of Balkan librarians to encourage collaborative innovation, e-learning and experimentation with new ideas.


Mobility of librarians for better services / programme Erasmus+, Mobility, 2015

Eight younger Slovenian librarians participated on 2-weeks mobility in four respectable European public libraries: Gradska Knjižnica Zadar, Libraries of Barcelona, Public Library Tårnby and City Library Helsinki.
During mobility participants were posting their impressions on the blog Librarians around the world.

Public Libraries Supporting Social Inclusion, 2015

The project is funded by the programme Public Libraries 2020.

Zavod Jara in partnership with the Slovenian Public Libraries association.

The goal of the project 'Public Libraries Supporting Social Inclusion' is to develop an advocacy model for public libraries and to demonstrate the importance of using impact data for advocacy. Slovenian public libraries have collected quantitative data for many years, but haven’t measured the impact of their services. Thus, a toolkit for public libraries on how to measure impact of services and how to use it as an advocacy tool will be developed. At the same time, we wish to change the common understanding that libraries are exclusively about culture.

LoCloud, co-funded by the European Commission's ICT Policy Support Programme, 2013-2016

The project is coordinated by National Archive of Norway and gather 32 partners from 28 different countries. Slovenian partners are Republic of Slovenia Public Institution for Cultural Heritage Protection and Zavod Jara.

LoCloud is one of a suite of projects, funded by the European Commission, to develop Europeana and enhance its contents. It will explore the potential of cloud computing technologies for Europeana, with a focus on small and medium sized institutions. It aims to support them in making their content and metadata available to Europeana.eu. To this purpose a set of services and tools will be developed to help to reduce technical, semantic and skills barriers and to enhance Europeana.

EuropeanaAwarness, program ICT PSP, Best Practices Network, 2012-2014

Institute Jara in association with the National and University Library (NUK) participated in the Work Package 1: »Media campaign« for the organisation and implementation of collecting days on the 1st World War.

Institute Jara was responsible for the translation of the web page Europeana 1914-1918 in Slovenian language and organised together with local libraries and museum five collection days: in the Public Library Nova Gorica, in the Millitary Museum in Maribor and in the Public Library Celje in City Library Ljubljana and Public Library Logatec.

Library for All; Lifelong Learning Programme / Leonardo da Vinci / Mobility, 2012

The mobility project was implemented in 2012. It is intended for young and prospective librarians from different Slovenian public libraries, who in recent years hav actively participated in the development of libraries on national level: in the Section for Public Libraries of the Slovene Library Association, Association of Public Libraries, or as the regional coordinators within the central regional libraries system.

The aim of the mobility was to learn about library system in Lithuania, visit some public libraries and establish contacts for possible joint projects in the future.

Development of the portal KAMRA

Institute Jara counsels Public Library Celje, which manages the portal, on the portal development, ingestion of content by Europeana and the related formal and legal matters.

In 2012 a development project has been launched to upgrade of the search engine, and design new interface with new functionalities.