Conference date and time: 8 December 2016 from 9.30 am to 6.00 pm

Venue: Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania, Gedimino ave. 51, Vilnius, Lithuania

The conference closing the Libraries for Innovation 2 project is the last conference marking the end of the three-year project implemented by the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania. The event is intended for Lithuanian libraries and their partners, representatives of local and central governments, and other guests. The conference will present the project results and the experience of foreign libraries as well as discuss the project goals and vision for the future. Presentations on the strategic role of libraries, social welfare, technological possibilities and services to the public are also planned.

Libraries for Innovation 2 project was launched in December 2013. During the three years of the project, public libraries developed new services and spaces, improved and developed new competences of their staff. At the same time, their awareness of their mission and image was changing. Libraries consolidated their position as that of independent community organisations capable of developing and implementing interesting projects useful for the local community, and making their contribution to the improvement of quality of life of the Lithuanian people through a variety of activities.

The aim of the Libraries for Innovation 2 project is to strengthen the capacity of the Lithuanian libraries to meet the needs of the developing community and to establish the libraries as sustainable community institutions capable of improving the quality of life of the people of Lithuania. The project promoted and developed cooperation between libraries and businesses, local government organisations and non-governmental organisations, thus strengthening the network of libraries in Lithuania.

The project is co-funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.