Implementation of the COBISS system in the Balkan libraries
The beginnings of the computerization of libraries on the Balkan Peninsula involved the implementation of the project SNTIJ (Sistem naučnih itehnoloških informacija Jugoslavije — System of scientific and technological information of Yugoslavia) in Yugoslav libraries in the 80s of the twentieth century. The creation of an extensive network, unifying library processes, enabled the creation of acommon database of bibliographic information. The disintegration of Yugoslavia stopped the process of mutual development and cooperation of libraries in the region. In countries formed from the former Yugoslavian republics, continued the development of local library systems based on the COBISS system (Cooperative Online Bibliographic Systems and Services), created by the Institute of Information Science IZUM from Maribor (Slovenia). In the 90s, libraries in newly established countries started using the system COBISS again. The COBISS system was also accepted by libraries in Bulgaria and Albania. The development of the system COBISS, connecting libraries in Balkan countries, allowed the creation of acommon information system in the Balkans.