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NATIONAL MEMORY OF THE WORLD COMMITTEES

 

Estonian National Memory of the World Committee

 

Estonia has not established a separate legal entity to take on the responsibilities of National Memory of the World Committee.

 

In 1999 the Council of Cultural Heritage in Libraries, Archives and Museums (ECP) was established at the Ministry of Culture as an advisory body. Its main task has been to identify the need for co-operation between museums, archives and libraries, to promote such co-operation and to single out proper forms for preservation activities.

 

Estonian National Commission for UNESCO has enjoyed good cooperation with ECP at national level. Since 2000 ECP has been involved in the issues of preservation of documentary heritage in the framework of the Memory of the World Programme at national level.

 

Following the change in the EPC Statutes in 2005 the Council has an official competence to deal with the issues of preservation of documentary heritage in the framework of the Memory of the World Programme in Estonia and it fulfils the functions of National Memory of the World Committee.

 

The Head of ECP is Mrs. Ylle Jukk from the organization National Heritage Board of Estonia (ylle.jukk@muinas.ee) The contact person for Memory of the World matters is Mari Siiner from the National Library of Estonia (msiiner@nlib.ee)

 

Latvian National Memory of the World Committee

 

Latvian National Memory of the World Committee was established by the decision of the Assembly of Latvian National Commission for UNESCO in 2001. The Committee consists of professional experts that represent the most important Latvian memory institutions - libraries, archives, museums, academic institutions. The Committee involves also experts from the sphere of information technologies closely linked to one of the contemporary challenges of Latvian memory institutions -the digitalization.

 

The first significant contribution of the work of the Latvian National Memory of the World Committee was the nomination of "Dainu skapis - Cabinet of Folksongs" for the Memory of the World International Register that was inscribed in 2001.

 

In 2007 Latvian memory institutions had a widely attended seminar initiating a discussion on the establishment of the Latvian National Memory of the World Register that resulted in a common agreement on the necessity of this initiative. Latvian National Memory of the World Committee subsequently is continuing to work on the establishment of the National Register. This initiative received financial assistance from the UNESCO Participation Programme for 2008-2009.

 

Latvian National Commission for UNESCO in 2008 established a Council for Communication and Information that among other responsibilities and spheres of competence currently fulfills also the functions of the Latvian National Memory of the World Committee. The Council for Communication and Information is chaired by Mr. Andris Vilks, President of the Latvian National Commission for UNESCO and Director of the Latvian National Library (andris.vilks@lnb.lv).

 

Lithuanian National Memory of the World Committee

 

The first Lithuanian National Memory of the World Committee (the Committee) was established in 1996. In 2003 the Committee renewed its composition. Among the members of the Committee there are professionals from the largest Lithuanian libraries (Vilnius University Library, Lithuanian Academy of Sciences Library and National Martynas Mažvydas Library), as well as from the Lithuanian Archives Department, the Institute of the Lithuanian Language and the State Cultural Heritage Commission, who have got experience to prepare and implement projects of regional and national documentary heritage protection.

 

Institutions represented at the Committee are responsible for protection and promotion of documentary heritage. In close cooperation with the Lithuanian National Commission for UNESCO the Committee has formulated and adopted the Regulations of the Committee. Following them the Committee prepared Regulations of the National Register Memory of the World, its nomination form and since 2005 the Committee have launched the National Register and started its promotion. In the present there are 49 documents of regional and national importance on the National Memory of the World Register.

 

The Committee provides an annual report on the activities to the Lithuanian National Commission for UNESCO, and the copy of this report is sent to the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme headquarters. In the present the Chairman of the Committee is Jolita Steponaitienė, Head of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Department of the National Martynas Mažvydas Library (j.steponaitiene@lnb.lt).