Category Archives: Lithuania

NAPLE Assembly 2014. Presentations (V)

Today, you can read the Lithuanian presentation at NAPLE Assembly. Among other information, you’ll know about the LiBiToP research project, some library figures and the projects for the future of Lithuanian libraries.

Libraries in Lithuania 2013

NAPLE’s Annual Assembly, 2013. Presentations (X)

Presentation from Lithuania at NAPLE’s Annual Assembly.

 Lithuanian Libraries

Lithuanian public libraries: preserving, creating, cooperating

In August prior to the World Library and Information Congress in Helsinki, Lithuanian port Klaipėda has hosted a satellite conference “Libraries in Networks: Creating, Participating, Co-operating“.  For this occasion a booklet “Lithuanian public libraries: preserving, creating, cooperating” in English has been produced and published online –

It was composed by the County Public Libraries Association in cooperation with Lithuanian Librarians’ Association in order to give a general picture of a public libraries network in Lithuania as well as to disclose  standout trends in three directions – preserving local cultural heritage and memory, creating content and community spaces, life experiences; and cooperating with various partners.

This publication is also the first ever attempt of Lithuanian public libraries to present themselves jointly to an international professional community.

It has some features of a guidebook as public libraries are presented by the regions after quite short general overview of the national library and the network.  Regional territories are served by 5 county (regional) public libraries that are state funded; other 60 public library systems are under municipal authorities.

Therefore every section starts with an introduction of regional county library and municipal public libraries, providing contacts and other necessary practical information. Then, as mentioned before, a summary of activities of public libraries is presented through three thematic strings: preserving, creating and cooperation. This provides a good glimpse of specific features, projects, collections, best practices and other peculiarities of library practice in the region, and, is hoped, will encourage an international contacts and cooperation.

Information prepared by
Ramunė Petuchovaitė
Chief specialist
Information Society Development Division
Ministry of Culture of Republic of Lithuania

State of art of e-Books in Lithuania

Today we are posting another presentation from our last NAPLE Assembly in Copenhagen. It is State of art of e‐Books in Lithuania, by Ramune Petuchovaitė, from Lithuania.

Summary of news on the Sister Library Programme

Last week in Sister Libraries Blog, we had a new participating library Utena A. and M. Miskiniai Public Library, that has submitted its form and photos to the blog and it is the third Lithuanian library looking for a sister.

And, on the other hand, we had a new match! Ljubljana City Library from Slovenia and the Regional Public Library Krakow from Poland have decided to accomplish a sister partnership.

Cycling for Libraries

We reproduce this message sent to IFLA-L list:

“Dearest all,

I’m delighted to announce the dates for the next Cycling for libraries  – unconference: we will start from beautiful Vilnius, Lithuania on 28th of July, and arrive in exciting Tallinn, Estonia on 7th of August, 2012.

This unique bicycling unconference will lead our mobile thinktank of 100 international librarians and librarylovers through Riga and Tartu, via two magnificient national parks, and many fascinating library-destinations. We would like to have you with us, so mark your calendars. The registration opens in early Spring. And please spread the word.

This radical event is PowerPoint-free. Instead, the concept is built on meaningful and personal encounters with colleagues, workshopping, challenging debates, library visits, innovative programme, contemplation in movement, fresh outdoors and memories that last a lifetime. And bicycling, of course. 600 kilometers of it.

We are organizing Cycling for libraries as an independent, loose and informal network of enthusiast. Last year we bicycled from Copenhagen to Berlin with a group of 80 participants from a dozen countries, and if you haven’t heard about it already (helloes to all of you who have!), you can see some of the stories by watching our half-an-hour documentary movie, our 3 minute daily videos from the event, thousands of photos, and a wide variety of professional and popular media and reports from people who participated. Just google for “cycling for libraries”, find us on Facebook and Twitter (#cyc4lib), or simply ask me.

If you are coming to IFLA 2012 in Helsinki 11th-17th August (and don’t miss IFLAcamp), this is how to arrive in style!


Master pathfinders Mace Ojala from Turku City Library, and Jukka Pennanen from National Library of Finland”

Summary of news in the Sister Libraries Programme

There were two novelties in the Programme during the previous week. First, a new library has joined the Programme, it is Korčula City Library “Ivan Vidali” from Croatia and, second, a new sistership has been achieved, the two sister libraries are Ljubljana City Library from Slovenia and the Kaunas County Public Library from Lithuania.

You can check all this information at Sister Libraries Blog.

Lithuanian public libraries‘ campaign “Safe and friendly Internet”

Lithuanian public libraries aiming to promote safe Internet use among library visitors and wider society in 2001 started a campaign “Safe and friendly Internet in libraries”. The campaigns program consisted of diverse actions that took place during the whole year.

Almost 1000 public libraries joined podcast seminars during the action “Safety month in libraries”. On Saturdays families were attracted to public libraries to take part into “Brain competitions on safe internet”.  During summer interactive library tent visited 16 small and medium size towns festivals, where in cooperation with local libraries staff and pulled forces of local volunteers organized various games, crosswords, competitions to demonstrate public library services and to promote safe use of Internet (photos). Live theatre performance on @tale “A cat and chanticleer” for the smallest and an augmented reality educational game, for any age were the highlights of library presence in the town festivals. The game was introduced in February last year at International Vilnius book fair, please look video.

Materials created during the campaign and experience gathered allowed to create two new educational instruments online – Safe internet test, suitable for under 18 and older –, to measure ones knowledge on safe and proper behavior online, as well as an online Safe internet encyclopedia to fill knowledge gaps – .  Though both are in Lithuanian, but an international public can have a glimpse on illustrations of encyclopedia – those are pictures were done by children during the various activities of the campaign.

The campaign was coordinated by “Libraries for Innovation” team, based at Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania.

Ramunė Petuchovaitė
Lietuvos Respublikos Kultūros Ministerija

Summary of news in the Sister Libraries Programme

Last week we had a new sistership in the Programme, the sister libraries are Piran Civic Library from Slovenia and Torres Novas Municipal Library “Gustavo Pinto Lopes” from Portugal.

On the other hand, two new libraries have joined the Programme: Bucarest Metropolitan Library from Romania and Kaunas County Public Library from Lithuania, both of them are the second libraries from their countries looking for a sister library.

You can check all this information at Sister Libraries Blog.

Lithuanian Public Library Created a Challenger to Prevent School Dropouts

With a support of eIFL Public Libraries Innovations Program (PLIP) librarians at the Utena A. and M. Miskiniai Public Library in Lithuania have launched a pioneering new learning game, called Iššūkis (the Challenger), that aims to encourage children to go back to school.

Through the game, the library aimed to solve a problem they have been struggling with for some time. Every morning, children come to the library, that has an attractive new building rather than go to school. Various methods have been tried to encourage the children to go back to school, including compulsion and punishment. But these have failed, and so the library came up with a novel idea – a computer game that is linked to the school curriculum.

Game was created in 2010, piloted during 2011. At the moment Lithuanian Ministry of Education and Science is adapting the game and experience for the wider initiative that include school librarians.

If you want to know more about the project “Play to study”, please read an impact assessment results here:

Ramunė Petuchovaitė
Lietuvos Respublikos Kultūros Ministerija