Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Lithuania

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Lithuania

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We received two reports from Lithuania, one from Egle Jovaisaite Music and Art Library, Vilnius, Lithuania, and the other from EgkeMarcniene of The Music Department of National Library of Lithuania

Public Music Libraries in Lithuania

The public libraries in Lithuania have a large, ambitious 10-year project: "Libraries for Innovation". Its aim is to eliminate urban and rural disparities in communication and information infrastructure to provide all residents the same access to information technologies for social and public needs. The project ends in 2013. The Music and Art Library is pursuing a scheme of specialized computer training cycle for professionals--musicians.

In 2012-2013 Music and Art Library will carry out a training course for music professionals, students, music lovers, and others interested in music. Key topics include: music writing program (Passport Designs Encore, Sibelius) search in specific data databases (Grove), and other activities.

As functions of the library undergo changes, our library is also expanding the scale of its work. We have intensive cooperation projects with the Vilnius University Museum. Named after the Lithuanian and Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz, it is very popular with both local and foreign visitors. The museum also hosts exhibitions, concerts, literary Wednesdays. Music and Art Library participates in the preparation of exhibitions by lending music sheets, books on art and photography, music recordings. Our librarians read lectures and guide the exhibitions. I can mention events dedicated to S. Moniuszko, M. K. Oginski, music of the 18th century Vilnius and etc.

Participation in Culture Night

Music and Art Library takes an active part in the Vilnius Culture Night in June. City Culture Night is an annual event that is extremely popular among citizens of Vilnius. Museums, theaters, and concert halls stay open through the night for the public. This year there were 150 events in this big "cultural fiesta". Our library joined it this year for the second time. A black and white poster, "Sleeping Prohibited," invited all to call on the Music and Art Library for the "Maironis--Lithuanian National Bard" event. …

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