Lithuanian Public Libraries: Library Statistics and Related Issues

Martynas Mažvydas National library of Lithuania collects library statistics, which is in accordance with the ISO standard 2789: Information and Documentation – International Library statistics. Since 2007 annual statistical reports can be submitted and accessed through automated system LIBIS. Summarised library statistics in English is available at
Summarised library statistics

The need for library statistics review is recognized by library community and the Ministry of Culture. Although library annual reports provide extensive data, only the selected ‘main’ indicators are reflected through official statistics portal.  This does not provide the whole picture of public libraries’ multifunctional activities and programs. Library statistics shall also be tuned with the new statistical frameworks for culture developed by UNESCO Institute for Statistics and the one used by Eurostat.

Ministry of Education, in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture, is planning to initiate library network modernization feasibility study, that should cover two segments of current library network – state funded research (or special libraries) and regional public libraries – and provide insights for long-term policies and strategies.

Starting since 2008 the complex impact studies on public access computers and internet services have been done on annual basis. Data and reports are available on “Libraries for Innovation” project’s website: <a http://www.bibliotekospazangai.lt/ImpactAssessment/Forms/AllItems.aspx
It is clear that systematic studies are needed to meet an increasing demand for feasibility check and evidence of public libraries beneficial impact on quality of life of people and communities.

Ramune Petuchovaite
Senior Specialist, Ministry of Culture
Lithuania

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