On October 6, the National Library of Lithuania hosted an educational seminar on how to use digital content in public libraries. The event brought together representatives from Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai, Panevėžys, and Vilnius municipal public libraries. NLL Lituanica Department staff gave the lectures.
J. Budriūnienė, the director of the Department, introduced participants to the Department’s main activities, current databases, and talked about the digitalization of documents and their integration process on the Internet (www. epaveldas.lt). Ms. Budriūnienė also presented the main tools that the Lituanica Department uses to disseminate the information about digitized documents.
Dr. Giedre Milerytė in her presentation “Users of Documentary Heritage. Who Are They?” spoke about the systematizing of documentary heritage, the target groups of users seeking information, and the possibilities for researching digital resources. She presented the Lithuanian diaspora archival heritage database Sietynas administered by Vytautas Magnus University Lithuanian Emigration Institute.
Dr. Dalia Cidzikaitė talked about the oral history project carried out by Lithuanian American Community, Inc. and the book Manėm, kad greit grįšim [We Thought We’d Be Back Soon – 18 Stories of Lithuanian World War II Refugees] based on the above mentioned project and published in 2014. Dr. Cidzikaitė presented the genre of oral history and its main features, emphasized the importance of oral history projects and multiple possibilities of using them for regional libraries.
The seminar also provided an opportunity to discuss various forms of cooperation with regional public libraries and other memory institutions in Lithuania.
NLL Lituanica Department