Duration: 2004-2009.

Project coordinator: Rimantė Tamoliūnienė, email r.tamoliuniene@kvb.lt

Short summary: Project was aimed at providing educational needs for the public, highlighting the importance of the preservation of the cultural heritage and improve its research, creatig traditions regarding the sponsorship and preservation of the cultural heritage together with cultivating a respect and tolerance towards both Lithuanian and foreign cultural values. Several different periods of Kaunas history were presented in a few years and there were several books published.

Financial support: Kaunas City Municipality, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, Culture Support Fund

Duration: 2009-2011.

Project coordinator: Valentina Grinevičienė, email info@kvb.lt

Partners: Akademie Klausenhof, Germany; Instituto Tecnico Industriale, Italy; Cathedral Library Gozo, Malta; Valkas Pamatskola, Latvia; Ibrahim Cecen Universitese, Turkey; Arendal Adult learning, Norway.

Short summary: the project saught to promote reading activities as a tool for the improvement of the European consciousness. The discussions were organized encouraging people with different views to discuss about literature; participants had a possibility to exchange positive experiences regarding communicating with various adolescent reader groups; improve skills and knowledge in foreign languages as well as the social competence. Partner meetings were held in Malta (2009), Norway (2010), Lithuania (2010), Italy (2011) and Germany (2011).

Financial support: The European Commission’s ‘‘Lifelong Learning‘‘ Programme Grundtvig – Learnig Partnership project.
Duration: 2008–2012

Project coordinator: Dr. Zigmantas Kęstutis Juškevičius, employee at the Pattern Recognition Processes Department at KTU Institute of Informatics and Mathematics.

Short summary: project ‘‘Libraries for Innovation’’ is implemented by a tripartite agreement between The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania and by the Bill and Melinda Gates’ foundation which was signed 15th of November in 2007. The project ‘‘Libraries for Innovation’’ continues and complements an earlier project for the renovation and modernization of the Libraries during the period of 2003-2013 which was approved in 2002 by the Government of Lithuania. The aim and main purpose of the project is ‘’to eliminate the differences in the network of informational infrastructure in cities and smaller towns and provide equal opportunities for all the residents to use informational technologies for social and public needs’’. The participants are 1217 Lithuanian libraries including their departments and branches. Main activities: purchasing computer equipment, connecting libraries to the Internet, establishing training centres, instructing librarians and citizens, organizing technical support.

Financial support: the Bill and Melinda Gates’ foundation — Global Libraries program, Government Budget, Microsoft, Public Libraries.

For more information about the project, please visit www.bibliotekospazangai.lt
Duration:  2010–2012

Project coordinator: Liucija Grušaitė-Kačerauskienė, email info@kvb.lt

Partners: Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania (Project executor), Kaunas County Public Library, Ieva Simonaitytė Klaipėda County Public Library, Panevėžys County Gabrielė Petkevičaitė-Bitė Public Library, Šiauliai County Povilas Višinskis Public Library, The Wroblewski Library of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, Vilnius University Library, Lithuanian Art Museum, Lithuanian Theatre, Music and Cinema Museum, the Department of Archives of Lithuania.

Short summary: The integrated virtual system database includes very valuable old books, newspapers, drawings, manuscripts and church metrics. While implementing the digitization of the cultural heritage objects, which are preserved in memory institutions, activities the aim was to solve the following issues: to transfer cultural heritage objects into the electronic space; to ensure the preservation of information and greater accessibility; to increase the relevance and visibility of cultural heritage objects; to create more convenient access to digitized cultural heritage objects stored in the data bank. IT was digitized 3 555 objects, over 100 thousand document pages (images). The project financed the premises and equipped two units to carry out the activities of the digitization.

Financial support: EU Structural Funds for the project ‘‘Information Society for Everyone” according to the 3rd priority's 3rd measure, of ‘‘Lithuanian Culture in the Informational Society”.
Duration: 2011–2012

Project coordinator: Jurga Grikietytė-Čebatavičienė, email info@kvb.lt

Partners: the World Health Organization office in Lithuania; Safety, innovation and quality fund for patients, The Lithuanian Yoga Association, Vytautas Magnus University Psychological Clinic, The creative ideas centre (project “Radio of Health”)

Short summary: in collaboration with medics, psychologists, media and yoga specialists Kaunas County Public Library took part in improving the availability of reliable information about health that is important to the seniors. Moreover, the project also encouraged the seniors to propagate healthy lifestyle, be physically active and start using reliable sources for information about health (books, internet, other electronic sources, etc.). In order to reach the goal, there were 5 new computer workstations established in KCPL for readers and there were organized trainings for computer literacy skill improvement as well as special trainings to search for information regarding health. In addition, the Library added more books about health to the book fund and there were conference and meetings with famous people arranged.

Financial support: EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) Public Library Innovation Programme (PLIP).
Duration:  2013
 

Project coordinator: Valentina Grinevičienė, email info@kvb.lt

Partners: Piekary Slaskie Municipal Public Library (Poland) and the historians of Vytautas the Great War Museum.
 

Short summary: The project is based on Lithuanian and Polish youth's wish to learn about the 1863 uprising in Kaunas and the Kaunas region which includes visiting the locations of the uprising, communicating, painting, and organising a poetry night.

The participants visited the execution site of the priest Antanas Mackevičius, the place of insurgents' imprisonment, and Vytautas the Great War Museum in Kaunas, and the 1863 uprising museum in Paberžė and other sites of uprising in the Kaunas region. The participants painted the panorama of the uprising during the closing event.
 

Financial support: Lithuanian - Polish Youth Exchange Fund.

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