On 29 April, the Director-General of the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania Prof. Dr. Renaldas Gudauskas participated at an online European Humanities Conference, the theme of which was “Can University subsist without the Humanities? Humanities as founders of the University Project”.
Dear visitors, please be reminded that the National Library is closed during public holidays so it will not be open to the public on the 1st and 2nd of May. The Library’s opening hours are one hour shorter on a day before a public holiday thus our Library will be open until 8:00 pm on the 30th of April.
In Commemoration of the Centenary of the Founding of the First Archive in the Republic of Lithuania, Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania kindly invites to an international scientific conference “Theatrum Libri: the Press, Reading and Dissemination in Early Modern Europe" (Martynas Mažvydas's Readings) which will take place on December 1-2, 2021 at the National Library.
“NordEd” is an education initiative that aims to strengthen Nordic-Baltic cooperation in education by fostering fruitful discussions between policy makers and the wider public on topical issues in education, and by presenting best practices in education in the Nordic-Baltic region.
The National Martynas Mažvydas Library of Lithuania invites you to Agnė Jokšė’s personal exhibition ‘Dear Friend,’ currently on display at the library’s Exhibition Hall. This exhibition is a site-specific installation of Agnė Jokšė’s video-letter of the same title. The video work itself is a staged narrative based on an intimate, autobiographical text interwoven with elements of fiction. Portraying the story of a broken friendship, the letter raises questions of identity, intimacy, and platonic connection, at the same time reflecting on the fragility of relationships and how it can be determined by physical distance and the passage of time. The work is also a testimony to coming of age, giving an insight into the process of learning to be together.
This year, on the occasion of Easter, as never before, I wish everybody endurance and hopefulness and not to lose hope in the better tomorrow.
Dear visitors, please be reminded that the National Library is closed during public holidays so it will not be open to the public on the 4th and 5th of April. The Library’s opening hours are one hour shorter on a day before a public holiday thus our Library will be open until 5:00 pm on the 3rd of April.
The Scientific Council of the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania is an advisory body, the purpose of which is to advise the Director General of the National Library on strategic issues of management, research and development. The Research Council also helps to address other operational issues and contributes to the implementation of the main objectives of the National Library. After the end of the term of office of the representatives of the Ministry of Culture, Vilnius University, the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, the Lithuanian National Commission for UNESCO, and the Lithuanian Research Libraries Association for the period of 2018–2021, the new Council was formed. It includes:
The Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania has renewed strategies for the publication and promotion of its research journals. The process includes revision of the conceptual framework for the publishing of the journal Parliamentary Studies and the research journal Relevant Tomorrow, which is now under development; formation of new international editorial boards; and substantial updating of the Website of Parliamentary Studies. The first issue of the National Library’s new product, the peer-reviewed electronic bilingual research journal Relevant Tomorrow, is already on its way to the readers.
By the Decree of the President of the Republic of Lithuania, the Director-General of the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania Prof. Dr. Renaldas Gudauskas will be awarded the Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania in recognition of his merits to the Republic of Lithuania and promoting Lithuania internationally.
The Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania is providing remote services. They encompass plenty of possibilities for the reading and learning people by providing interactive learning programmes, remote learning, lessons in history and heritage, etc. The National Library‘s virtual platform supports not only learning and self education but also leisure activities and we strongly recommend to use it.
The exhibition illustrates the wide variety of media that has existed in the diaspora since 1990. Presented in seven sections, it invites visitors to learn about both print media and electronic publications in Europe, USA, South America, Canada and Australia. A separate section is dedicated to publications that were repatriated to Lithuania, and another to radio and television programming that was important to the diaspora. Finally, the section “Communication on the Internet” is an overview of virtual forms of contact and information.
On January 27th marking the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we invite you to watch the documentary “Black Honey”.
On 6th January, the Speaker of the Parliament Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen met with the Director General of the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania, Prof. Dr. Renaldas Gudauskas.
At the junction of the old and the new year, we traditionally think over the expiring twelve-month period. In 2020, we lived and acted under the conditions of the global pandemic. There have been complicated situations, risky solutions, unfulfilled expectations, but we succeeded to stick together, persist and anchor ourselves within these “decomposing forms”.
After receiving support from the Lithuanian Council for Culture, the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania obtained a hundred and thirty unique printed and manuscript documents.
On 15 December this year, Director-General of the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania Prof. Dr. Renaldas Gudauskas was elected as member of the Executive Committee of the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) for the period of 2021–2024. On 16 December, Director-General Renaldas Gudauskas, who is representing memory institutions, participated at the first meeting.
Acting Minister of Culture Dr. Mindaugas Kvietkauskas awarded this year's Ministry of Culture awards to workers and creators, who were most deserving across various areas of culture and art. When congratulating the laureates, the Minister said that today those who are honored and rewarded are the ones responsible for tirelessly creating and nurturing Lithuanian culture. Head of Judaica research centre of the Department of documentary heritage research of the Lithuanian National Martynas Mažvydas Library, Dr. Lara Lempertienė was awarded the prize for scientific research for bibliothecography, bibliography, book science research and practical activities in libraries.
On 23 November, there was a remote discussion dedicated to “Tsen Lider. Ten poems. Dešimt eilėraščių” by Avrom Sutzkever. This book was published this year by the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania and the Jewish Research Institute in New York (YIVO).
Curator of the exhibition „Shenot Eliyahu/Elijah’s Years: The impact of Vilna Gaon on Lithuanian Jewish Culture”, Head of the Judaica Department of the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania dr. Lara Lempertienė invites you to a virtual tour, where you will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the unique exhibits of the exhibition.