Relevant Tomorrow 2023-03-15T11:04:41+00:00 Editorial Board of the Relevant Tomorrow Journal / Aktualu rytoj žurnalo redakcinė kolegija Open Journal Systems <p>The Diamond Open Access peer-reviewed scholarly journal <em>Relevant Tomorrow</em> was established in 2021 and is published by the <a href="">Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania</a>. The journal covers several disciplines: media and information literacy, information environment security, communication (political communication) processes, digitisation and digital publishing, library science and bibliography, and methodology of information sciences. In order to achieve academic dialogue and interdisciplinary relations, the journal publishes not only research on the above-mentioned subjects but also articles in the fields of sociology, history, and political science. The published articles are assigned <a href="">DOI</a>s (the National Library is a member of <a href=""><em>CrossRef</em></a>). This journal uses Open Journals Systems (OJS) software for management and publishing support.</p> Author Guidelines 2023-03-13T08:55:00+00:00 <p>Authors Guidelines prepared by the Editorial Board</p> 2022-12-30T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Expert Educational Institutions in Lithuania: Contribution of the Government Strategic Analysis Centre (STRATA) to Developing the National Education Policy 2022-10-20T08:55:51+00:00 Aušra Brazinskaitė Magnus Tomas Kėvišas <p>The article elaborates on the relationship between the target-oriented education system of Lithuania and one of the Lithuanian expert educational institutions, Government Strategic Analysis Centre&nbsp;(STRATA)<strong>. </strong>STRATA is an organisation which has long been offering expert conclusions&nbsp;(recommendations) in the field of education policy. Up to date, there has been no investigation of the impact of institutions in Lithuania which present research-based information to decision makers. The authors compares changes within educational policy implemented in 2018– 2020 with undertakings of STRATA with the purpose to evaluate the following aspects: first, to what extent, which decision makers, and for what purposes were using STRATA products; and second, what impact the STRATA prod­ucts have had on the actual policy-making process. The research results showed that STRATA’s contribution to the genesis of education policy decisions is insignificant. It is the initial data gathered by STRATA rather than its con­clusions or recommendations that are generally used. The analysis that has been done could be considered a starting point for further discussion regarding the contribution of expert analytical centres financed from public funds to the process of Lithuania’s public political life.</p> 2022-10-20T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Museums of the Jewish Culture and History in Europe and the USA in the 20th–21st Centuries: Discourse Analysis of Role Change 2022-10-20T09:09:30+00:00 Irina Pocienė <p>Museums of the Jewish culture and history are undergoing numerous transformations in the 21st cen­tury. Among them, one can observe the emergence of the dualism of their mission. On the one hand, they purport to preserve and represent the history and identity of Jewish communities; on the other hand, the Jewish culture in museums is becoming a universal means for learning from this nation’s experience. The purpose of the article is, by drawing on discourse analysis, to find out trends in exploring the roles of museums of the Jewish culture and history in Europe and the USA in the 20th and 21st centuries. The results of the study showed a wide range of missions and educational activities of museums of the Jewish culture and history: from warning of the dangers of the stigmatization, discrimination and persecution to a hopeful message about tolerance, democracy, equality and peace which is to come.</p> 2022-10-20T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Library Activities in the Context of Sustainable Development: Qualitative Analysis of the 2012–2021 Annual Reports of the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania 2023-01-17T11:02:42+00:00 Daiva Janavičienė Darius Žiemelis <p>This&nbsp;exploratory research, based on the&nbsp;concept of&nbsp;sustainable development&nbsp;(SD), presents qualitative analysis of&nbsp;the&nbsp;2012–2021&nbsp;activities of the&nbsp;Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania&nbsp;(NLL). Its principal research goals are the&nbsp;following: (1)&nbsp;by drawing on the&nbsp;analysis of&nbsp;subject literature, to&nbsp;reconstruction to light trends in the&nbsp;developments of&nbsp;the&nbsp;measurement of library activity processes and library resources related to attaining SD&nbsp;goals&nbsp;(the&nbsp;Sustainable Development Goals 2030&nbsp;Agenda of&nbsp;the&nbsp;United&nbsp;Nations sets 17&nbsp;SD&nbsp;goals); (2)&nbsp;by&nbsp;drawing on the&nbsp;publicly available 2012–2021&nbsp;annual reports of&nbsp;NLL, to&nbsp;identify semantic links between the&nbsp;activity of this&nbsp;Library and the&nbsp;set&nbsp;SD&nbsp;goals. The&nbsp;reconstruction of trends in&nbsp;the&nbsp;measurement of library activities and resources showed causal relationship, when the&nbsp;aggregation of data for internal library needs is followed by pointing&nbsp;out the&nbsp;economic and social value of the&nbsp;library activity as&nbsp;well&nbsp;as the&nbsp;actual use of these data in advocating libraries and attaining the&nbsp;SD&nbsp;goals. During&nbsp;2012–2021, NLL&nbsp;was best involved in the&nbsp;SD strategy when it provided quality education for its community&nbsp;(SD&nbsp;Goal&nbsp;4); ensured access&nbsp;to information for all and thus&nbsp;contributed to ensuring peace and justice&nbsp;(SD&nbsp;Goal&nbsp;16); and cooperated with Lithuanian and international partners and thus built partnerships for the&nbsp;achievement of common goals&nbsp;(SD&nbsp;Goal&nbsp;17). NLL also contributed&nbsp;to the&nbsp;reducing of&nbsp;inequality&nbsp;(SD&nbsp;Goal&nbsp;10) and realizing of initiatives for the&nbsp;mobilization of sustainable cities and communities&nbsp;(SD&nbsp;Goal&nbsp;11). At&nbsp;the&nbsp;end of the&nbsp;investigated time period, NLL&nbsp;contributed&nbsp;to the&nbsp;establishment of good health and well-being&nbsp;(SD&nbsp;Goal&nbsp;3) by, in&nbsp;the&nbsp;first place, providing its staff and users emotional support and preventive tools during the&nbsp;COVID-19&nbsp;pandemic.</p> 2022-12-30T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Concept of the Exhibition at the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania ‘The Chameleon Colours’: Lithuanian Soviet Photography as a Construct of Ideological Reality in 1978–1982 2023-02-03T12:18:47+00:00 Kęstutis Šapoka <p>The&nbsp;article presents an explication of the&nbsp;concept of the&nbsp;exhibition ‘The&nbsp;Chameleon Colours’ held at the&nbsp;Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania from&nbsp;7&nbsp;July&nbsp;to&nbsp;26&nbsp;August&nbsp;2022. The&nbsp;exhibition is treated as a&nbsp;response to severe issues related to&nbsp;the&nbsp;political, cultural and even mental legacy of the&nbsp;Soviet era emerging against the&nbsp;background of today’s geopolitical upheavals, one them being the&nbsp;war in Ukraine. The&nbsp;exhibition, the&nbsp;title of which replicates that of the&nbsp;novel by the&nbsp;Lithuanian Soviet author Jonas&nbsp;Avyžius, compared the&nbsp;1979–1982&nbsp;propaganda photo reportages by the&nbsp;news agency Elta and samples of visual underground avant-garde works. The&nbsp;factor bridging these works are (social)&nbsp;realities of that time period, but these two categories of works demonstrate diametrically opposite conceptions. The&nbsp;analysis of photo essays by Elta revealed the&nbsp;official Soviet ideological ‘filter’, which was being ‘put’ onto the&nbsp;reality. The&nbsp;samples of the&nbsp;so-called artistic underground, on the&nbsp;one hand, stem from the&nbsp;contemporary situation within the&nbsp;social peripheral or even the&nbsp;out-of-the-margin zones&nbsp;(feelings, conditions and impulsive reflections). On&nbsp;the&nbsp;other&nbsp;hand, the&nbsp;‘chaos’ and eclecticism of these art objects, photographs and collages are characterized by an internal logic typical for the&nbsp;Western <em>neo&nbsp;avant-garde </em>of the&nbsp;50s and 60s of the&nbsp;20th&nbsp;century as&nbsp;well&nbsp;as for the&nbsp;informal <em>conceptualism </em>of Central and East&nbsp;Europe&nbsp;(including the&nbsp;Soviet Union). These&nbsp;works represent the&nbsp;effort to deidealize, disclose and depoliticize and, in a&nbsp;particular way, re-politicize the&nbsp;<em>per se </em>(social)&nbsp;reality.</p> 2022-12-30T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Populism and Conspiracy Theories: The Case of the Lithuanian Family Movement 2023-02-28T11:59:12+00:00 Karolis Jonutis <p>Populism and conspiracy&nbsp;theories usually gain their momentum during the&nbsp;societal&nbsp;crises. The&nbsp;COVID-19&nbsp;pandemic was one of the&nbsp;biggest crises in Lithuania and the&nbsp;rest of the&nbsp;world in recent years, during which the&nbsp;new populist movement&nbsp;– the&nbsp;Lithuanian&nbsp;Family&nbsp;Movement&nbsp;– reached its peak of popularity, using a&nbsp;number of various conspiracy&nbsp;theories in its populist discourse. The&nbsp;aim of this&nbsp;article is to reveal the&nbsp;specific role of conspiracy&nbsp;theories in the&nbsp;populist discourse and to show its dynamic nature. Ernesto&nbsp;Laclau’s discursive conceptualization of populism is used for theorization of populism and conspiracy&nbsp;theories; discourse analysis method is used in&nbsp;the&nbsp;research itself. The&nbsp;research has showed that conspiracy&nbsp;theories played a&nbsp;specific role in&nbsp;the&nbsp;discourse of Lithuanian Family Movement, especially important for the&nbsp;gradual construction of the&nbsp;identity of the&nbsp;populist enemy, moving from the&nbsp;concrete to the&nbsp;abstract.</p> 2022-12-30T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Authentic Reminiscences About Jonas Jablonskis (A Manuscript) 2023-03-13T08:37:16+00:00 Andrius Vaišnys <p>Vytautas Landsbergis-Žemkalnis, when recalling his meetings with the&nbsp;most famous Lithuanian linguist of the&nbsp;20th&nbsp;century Jonas Jablonskis, tells about how he, under his encouragement, obtained the&nbsp;selection of sermons prepared&nbsp;(translated) by Mykolas Daukša <em>Postilė&nbsp;</em>(‘Postil’)&nbsp;(1599) and bestowed it to the&nbsp;Rector of the&nbsp;Lithuanian University in Kaunas. After World&nbsp;War&nbsp;II, this copy was handed over to the&nbsp;Vilnius University Library. The&nbsp;reminiscences include details of J.&nbsp;Jablonskis’s life, his communication style and allude to other cultural figures of the&nbsp;interwar period of the&nbsp;20th&nbsp;century.&nbsp;(Preparation of the&nbsp;manuscript, Foreword and Endnotes by Andrius Vaišnys.)</p> 2022-12-30T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2023 About the First Edition of ‘Handbook of Lithuanian Information and Documentation Standards’ 2023-01-17T11:23:40+00:00 Violeta Černiauskaitė <p>The&nbsp;rapidly increasing diversity of digital content formats and the&nbsp;possibility&nbsp;to preserve such content heightens the&nbsp;necessity of&nbsp;the&nbsp;interoperability of its identification, ascertaining its location and ensuring its access. All this can be realized only by applying standards, i.e.,&nbsp;a&nbsp;specific type of documents, which create added value within the&nbsp;intellectual knowledge economy. The&nbsp;Lithuanian library community is&nbsp;not&nbsp;merely a&nbsp;passive consumer of standardization products and services but has a&nbsp;possibility set by law to be their active developer. In&nbsp;2022, the&nbsp;Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania published ‘Handbook of Lithuanian Information and Documentation Standards’ prepared by Dalia&nbsp;Jaskonienė, an aid for better understanding of&nbsp;the&nbsp;standardization of information science and documentation fields important for libraries. This&nbsp;publication must be seen as another important professional information source prepared by the&nbsp;Library’s standardization expert.</p> 2022-12-30T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Editorial Board and Table of Contents 2023-03-13T08:30:01+00:00 2022-12-30T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2023