The International Conference “Libraries empower social changes: experiences of the Baltic Sea Region”  is dedicated to the representatives of local and central authorities of Lithuania, libraries and their partners, special guests from EU neighbouring countries. Research results identifying the social impact  of the library and information services, usage of information and communication technologies (ICT), examples of successful collaborations between libraries and business partners, status of the national public libraries in the national and overall EU policy of information, culture, science, education and social affairs will be presented by both national and international guest speakers. This conference is an official event celebrating the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Increasing access to ICT has been identified by the European Commission as being of vital importance for the successful delivery of EU2020 Growth Strategy objectives surrounding education, skills, digital inclusion, social inclusion and employment. Public libraries represent a pan-European network of community-based institutions offering free access to the internet, basic digital skills training and signposting to relevant online services. Public libraries provide essential services to the local communities and disadvantaged groups that actively support the delivery of EU2020 objectives, particularly in relation to digital and social inclusion, lifelong learning and employment.

Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania


5th of November, 2013

Conference Hall of Building III of the Seimas
Gedimino ave. 53, Vilnius


Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania