Model of preparing podcasts as a contemporary strategy for encouraging reading literacy and reading culture


  • Sabina Fras Popović Mariborska Knjižnica, Maribor, Slovenia
  • Polona Vilar University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts, Dept. of Library and Information Science and Book Studies


reading literacy, reading culture, podcasts, influence, model, public libraries, slovenia


The paper presents and analyzes the preparation and application of a modern strategy promoting reading literacy and reading culture, its scope, responsiveness and usefulness the professional environment and the wider social environment. Action research with the method of observation (system diaries) and analytical research (survey method) were used, which were conducted as part of a case study - this is the first such example of the use of modern strategies the Slovenian library space. Data were obtained by observing the design, preparation, implementation and evaluation of the selected modern strategy, ie podcasts. The phases of the action research are: 1. planning and creating podcasts, 2. implementing podcasts in practice, 3. determining the perception of podcasts in professional circles, 4. monitoring and determining the use of podcasts.
In the third phase, analytical research was used to determine the perceptions of podcasts among professionals. The result is a five-step model of preparing podcasts in the public library for the purpose of encouraging thinking about reading literacy and reading culture.
The results obtained in the third and fourth phases speak in favor of the use of such a strategy for this purpose. Research limitations are tied to one case study, which includes a large enough sample. Could be the starting point for a more extensive comparative study. The model highlights the importance of linking theory and practice and the use of modern strategies in the field of promoting reading literacy and reading culture.


ABC bralne pismenosti III – strokovni dogodek (2022) [online], available at: [accessed 10 April 2022]

Book and library related podcasts (2020) [online], available at: [accessed 10 April 2022].

The Center for Reading Literacy Promotion (2022) [online], available at: [accessed 19 April 2022]

De Sarkar, T. (2012) Introducing podcast in library service: an analytical study, VINE, 42 (2) pp. 191-213, available

Dowling, B. (2017) Engaging Patrons with Library podcasts. [online], available at: [accessed 10 April 2022]

Fras Popović, S. (2021) Strokovna samozavest pri spodbujanju bralne pismenosti, Organizacija znanja, 26 (1-2). [online], available at:, DOI:

Fras Popović, S. and P. Vilar. (2022a) Effect of professional events on competences for encouraging reading literacy. Vjesnik bibliotekara Hrvatske, 65 (2) [accepted for publication].

Fras Popović, S. and. P. Vilar. (2022b) Podcasti kot sodobne strategije spodbujanja bralne pismenosti in bralne kulture in njihov vpliv na strokovne delavce .

ISO 16439:2014 (en) Information and documentation — Methods and procedures for assessing the impact of libraries. [online], available at:]

International podcast day. Podcasting historical timeline and milestones (2022) [online], available at: [accessed 12 April 2022]

Hammersley, B. 2004. Audible revolution. [online], available at: [accessed 12 April 2022].

Maribor Public Library (2022) [online], available at: https:// [accessed 15 April 2022].

Nacionalna strategija za razvoj bralne pismenosti za obdobje 2019–2030 (2019) [online], available at: [accessed 20 May 2021]

Strokovna priporočila in standardi za splošne knjižnice: za obdobje 2018–2028 (2019) Ljubljana: Zveza bibliotekarskih društev Slovenije.

Thomas, S. (2019). Library-Podcast Intersections. Library Technology Reports, 55(5), available at [accessed 12 April 2022]

Varlejs, J. (2016) IFLA Guidelines for Continuing Professional Development: Principles and Best Practices. Den Haag, IFLA. [online], available at: [accessed 21 March 2022]

Vilar, P., Bon, M., Južnič, P., Kovač, M., Vodeb, G., Fras Popović, S., Haramija, D. (2017) Proaktivna splošna knjižnica za bralno pismenost in bralno kulturo. Ljubljana: Zveza bibliotekarskih društev Slovenije.

Wolf, M. and C. J. Stoodley (2018) Reader, come home: the reading brain in a digital world. New York, HarperCollins.

Model of preparing podcasts (title and abstract)




How to Cite

Fras Popović, S., & Vilar, P. (2022). Model of preparing podcasts as a contemporary strategy for encouraging reading literacy and reading culture. Revista Română De Biblioteconomie și Știința Informării = Romanian Journal of Library and Information Science, 18(1), 33–56. Retrieved from