Regina Varnienė-Janssen

Regina Varnienė-Janssen

National Library of Lithuania

Since 1992 she has been working as Deputy Director of Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania and Director of the Centre of the Bibliography and Book Science. She was  one of the authors and implementers of the Lithuanian Integrated Library Information System (LIBIS) and several other projects.

From 2005-2008 m. she was manager of the Project "Creation of the Lithuanian Integrated Virtual Information System" of NLL in  which took part also museums and archives. By joint efforts on this project a methodology for cooperation of memory institutions was established, rich digital content of cultural heritage of Lithuania was created, common portal for the acccess and infrastructure of Virtual System for e-culture were developed. The Project also has brought to the state’s attention the problems of long-term digital preservation and access of national cultural heritage, the demand to form the national viewpoint, strategy and funding, regarding these problems.


Presentation: Usage of Structural Funds for Lithuanian Cultural Heritage digitization


Abstract: At the beginning of 2005, Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania received about 4 million EUR from European Structural Funds under 3rd measure of 3rd priority of the Single Programming Document "Development of Information Technology Services and Infrastructure". It was the first project of this kind ever undertaken in Lithuania and one of the first such projects in the European Union financed by the EU Structural Funds and targeted at creation of the digital content of cultural heritage and electronic services.

The results of the project have proved the decision to provide support to three national memory institutions as reasonable, because actually several major innovations have been achieved.

The report will focus on the efforts by project partners concerning contribution to the "Strategy of Digitization and Access of Lithuanian cultural heritage" and financing program, further development of the methodology for collaboration between memory institutions, aiming to proceed with activities of the established virtual organization, harmonizing of standards, maintenance of the common virtual  e-heritage system and web-portal