Outreach in Lithuanian Music Libraries

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Outreach in Lithuanian Music Libraries

Stalnioniene, Egle, Fontes Artis Musicae

English Abstract

Outreach for libraries can go in two directions--incoming and outgoing. The Lithuanian music libraries have been the recipient of donations of music materials from a variety of sources (IAML donations alone are a third of the material received) which are critical in helping the libraries succeed in their mission of preserving the nation's identity. Correspondingly, the libraries also provide Lithuanian music outreach for Lithuanian needs in other countries and in doing so, help preserve Lithuanian culture elsewhere.

French Abstract

L'aide aux bibliotheques peut se manifester dans deux sens--la reception et l'envoi. Les bibliotheques musicales lithuaniennes ont beneficie de donations de documents musicaux d'une grande variete de sources (les dons provenant de l'AIBM seule constituent un tiers des fonds recus), cruciales pour aider les bibliotheques a assumer leur mission de preservation de l'identite nationale. En consequence, les bibliotheques proposent egalement de la musique lithuanienne a l'exterieur pour combler les besoins dans ce domaine a l'etranger et, ce faisant, contribuent a preserver ailleurs la culture lithuanienne.

German Abstract

Outreach-Aktivitaten von Bibliotheken konnen gebend und nehmend sein. Die litauischen Musikbibliotheken haben von diversen Gebern Musikmaterialien als Stiftungen erhalten (allein die durch IAML initiierten Stiftungen machen ein Drittel der Gesamtmenge aus), die die Bibliotheken wesentlich bei der Erfullung ihrer Aufgabe, der Bewahrung der nationalen Identitat, unterstutzen. Genauso aber helfen litauische Bibliotheken im Ausland mit Materialien zur litauischen Musik aus und tragen so dazu bei, litauische Kultur in der Welt zu verbreiten und zu bewahren.

Lithuanian Abstract

Reiksmingas muzikos biblioteku ir skyriu veiklos baras yra labdara. Ji gali buti gaunama ir teikiama. Dovanas bibliotekoms galima skirstyti i materialines ir moralines, gaunamas is skaitytoju ir organizaciju, unikalias, o kartais--bevertes. Labdara siuncia ir uzsienio organizacijos. IAML labdara sudaro trecdali visu dovanu. Paminetinos Didziosios Britanijos (pvz., BBC orkestro kompaktiniu ploksteliu akademines muzikos kolekcija), Jeilio universiteto (Yale, CT) muzikos bibliotekos nuolatines dovanos. Jas gauna Nacionaline M. Mazvydo biblioteka, Lietuvos muzikos ir teatro akademija, Vilniaus CB Muzikos ir meno biblioteka ir kt. Savo ruoztu, Lietuvos muzikos skyriai taip pat dalinasi savo fondais, padeda rengti muzikinius renginius ir parodas, lietuviskos muzikos irasus ir literatura siuncia uzsienio saliu specializuotoms bibliotekoms. Tarptautinis ir vietiniu biblioteku bendradarbiavimas, dalijimasis dokumentais ir patirtimi yra labai svarbus keliant muzikos biblioteku darbo kokybe ir verte.

Public Library Overview

The public library system in Lithuania is a classic one: we have regional public libraries and centralized systems of municipal public libraries with branches in cities, towns, and villages. In 2005 there were 60 Public Libraries in municipalities and 1,311 subsidiary public library branches. In those libraries are 3,378 librarians. We are proud of our country's 4 bookmobiles and our services to homebound people are quite popular. The population of Lithuania is about three and half million people (using 2001 data).

Nearly twenty percent (19.3 %) of the country's population are library users. Circulation figures of nearly 44.5 million gives us the equivalent of each inhabitant of the country borrowing 12.7 items from libraries in 2005. According to European standards, each library should stock 250 items per 1,000 readers. Unfortunately, in Lithuania those figures are less--only 83 books per 1000. In 2005, libraries received 763,581 items, with only 0.30% of them being audio (sound) items. We find that the figures for music libraries are very sad.

Music Libraries in 2005:

* 430,400 items of music literature, scores, and music records were stocked by music libraries.

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