On November 14, 2014 Ramūnė Sakalauskaitė-Jonaitienė, the editor-in-chief of the Lithuanian Canadian weekly Tėviškės žiburiai (The Lights of the Homeland), visited the Lituanica Department at the National Library of Lithuania. The newspaper, established by the Lithuanian Catholic Canadian Cultural Association Žiburiai (The Lights) in Toronto, has been published since 1949.
In the meeting organised by the Lituanica Department, the guest talked about the origins of the newspaper, discussed the past and the present-day challenges. Since last year, the newspaper is also available on-line; nevertheless quite a number of readers still prefer to subscribe to a paper format. Most of Tėviškės žiburiai readers are older, not everyone is able or willing to use the computer, and Ms Sakalauskaitė-Jonaitienė predicts that the newspaper will be printed on paper for another five years or so. However, she is convinced that the time will come when the only Lithuanian newspaper in Canada will be available only on the Internet.
Those who are interested in Tėviškės žiburiai can find it in the reading room of the Lituanica Department. And those who are unable to visit the library, can access it on-line through www.epaveldas.lt website. This became possible a few years ago when the National Library of Lithuania signed a cooperation agreement with Tėviškės žiburiai.
The article collection “Draustosios spaudos pėdsakais” (In the Track of the Forbidden Press) was issued at the end of the year 2011. The articles were published during the last twenty years of Silvija Vėlavičienė’ (1941–2011) intense activity in the National Library.
The texts reveal essential changes in press and publishing, determined by political processes related to regaining freedom of speech, collapse of press censorship, returning of cultural heritage of Lithuanian emigration.
The book also witnesses historical events of the end of the XX c. – the beginning of the XXI c. in the National Library, presenting in details processes related to formation and promotion of Lithuanian emigration press collection. It is illustrated with documentary photos, bibliography of S. Vėlavičienė is included.
Compiler of the book is Jolanta Budriūnienė, publishing of the book was supported by Donatas Januta from U. S., the National Fund, located in New York, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania. Design of the book was created by a good friend of S. Vėlavičienė, artist Elona Marija Ložytė.
The article collection will undoubtedly be a valuable resource for researchers of Lithuanian emigration press, humanitarian students and those who are interested in published Lithuanian cultural heritage.
The book is on purchase in the Publishing Department (Sirvydo St. 4, 01101 Vilnius, tel. + 370 5 263 9111, fax. +370 5 263 9111, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org).
Scientific conference “Emigration heritage in Lithuania” took place in Emigration Institute of the Vytautas Magnus University on 18 November, 2011. Main identification, accumulation, storage, handling, publicity problems, related with Lithuanian emigration heritage, were discussed. Representatives of archives, museums, libraries, research institutes presented emigration heritage, stored in their institutions, identified problems, proposed solutions in order to collect and deliver to the public emigration documentary heritage.
Head of Rare Book and Manuscript Department Jolita Steponaitienė delivered presentation “Emigration manuscript heritage in the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania”. Emigration manuscript heritage, stored in the Library, traditions of its storage, handling and dissemination were analyzed. Head of Lituanica Department Jolanta Budriūnienė in her report “Feminine dimension of the Lozoraitis library collection” presented part of the Lozoraitis library collection (set of prints of Vincenta Lozoraitienė, emphasizing rarity and uniqueness of its components as well as their importance in exposing personality of V. Lozoraitienė and her diverse activity).
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Scientific conference: “Archives: Secrets of Museums and Epoch Legends” took place inMaironisLithuanianLiteratureMuseum(Kaunas), on October 19, 2011. Representatives of museums, libraries, research institutes introduced archives of personalities, important for country’s history and culture (XX c.), presented insights of latest researches. Head of Lituanica Department of the National Library Jolanta Budriūnienė delivered report “About people and their books: thumbing through the Lozoraitis library publications”. She analyzed proveniences of printings stored in the collection, significant socially and communicatively, illustrating relations of former collection owners (representatives of the Lozoraitis family of three generations) with surrounding people and ambience, reflecting historical events.
Currently 23 thousand items of books and periodicals are stored in the Lozoraitis collection; while processing them new names of autographs’, dedications’ and ex-libris’ owners are revealed. They supplement unknown and forgotten the Lozoraitis family life and activity facts.
Birth anniversaries of artistic director Jonas Jurašas and his wife, writer and playwright Aušra Marija Sluckaitė-Jurašienė are commemorated this  year.
You are welcome to visit the virtual exhibition “Living with theatre…”, prepared by Lituanica Department especially for this occasion. The exhibition presents articles, published by theatre specialists, documentary video and audio material. All this help to reveal various work and creation of the artists, paying special attention to theatrical activities in emigration lasted for almost two decades.