THE PUBLISHING PROGRAMME
On the initiative of the programme the translated books in the humanities
and social sciences are published. The aim is to introduce readers to
contemporary intellectual culture, to encourage critical thinking and mutual
understanding between cultures, and to present diverse conceptions of
fundamental social and cultural issues, thus consolidating the values and ideas
of an open society. The programme seeks to foster a strong, multifaceted and
independent book publishing and trade industry as a vital constituent of the
To implement these goals, the series Books for an Open Society is published (ALK; ISSN 1392-1673).
Since 1992, a total of 120 books have been published in this series; the same
amount is under preparation. The series consists of several minor series: 20th
Century Works, Classics, Acquaintance, Guidelines for Business, and The Making
In 1998, 25 books and a catalogue of the book series
J. Appleby, L. Hunt, M. Jacob. Telling the Truth about
History.- Margi raštai, 320 p.
Pino Arlacchi. La Mafia impenditrice: Lertica e lo
dpirito del capitalizmo.- Tyto alba, 216 p.
Leszek Balcerowicz. Socialism. Capitalism.
Transformation.- Algarvė, 255 p.
Leonardo Benevolo. La
citta nella storia dEuropa. Series The Making of Europe.- Baltos lankos, 294 p.
Rogers Brubaker. Citizenship and
Nationhood in France and Germany.-
Pradai, 411 p.
Zbigniew Brzezinski. Out of
Control.- Tvermė, 239
Martin Buber. Das Dialogishe
Prinzip I: Ich und Du.-
Katalikų pasaulis, 144 p.
Contemporary Political Philosophy: A Reader. Edited by Janos Kis.- Pradai, 557 psl.
Norman Davies. Gods
Playground. A History of Poland,
vol.1.- Publishers of the Lithuanian Writers Union, 640 p.
John Fiske. Introduction to
Baltos lankos, 239 p.
Michel Foucault. Surveiller et
punir: Naissance de la prison.-
Baltos lankos, 390 p.
Milton Friedman. Capitalism and
Freedom.- Mintis, 197
Robert Gilpin. The Political
Economy of International Relations.- Algarvė, 519 p.
Witold Gombrowicz. Diary, vol.1: 1953-1956.- Vyturys, 383 p.
Pierre Grimal. Seneque. Series
Friedrich A. von Hayek. Law,
Legislation and Liberty, vol.1: Rules and Order.- Eugrimas, 229 p.
Friedrich A. von Hayek. Law,
Legislation and Liberty, vol. 2: The Mirage of Social Justice.- Eugrimas, 238 p.
Martin Hollis, Steve Smith. Explaining
and Understanding International Relations ratimas.- Tyto alba, 256 p.
Vytautas Kavolis. Analysis of
Comparative Civilisations (Original Selection).- Baltos lankos, 342 p.
Karl R. Popper. The Open Society
and its Enemies.-
Pradai, 803 p.
Theodore W. Schultz. Investing
in People. The Economics of Population Quality.-
Eugrimas, 191 p.
Joseph A. Schumpeter. Capitalism,
Socialism and Democrac.-
Mintis, 382 p.
George Steiner. Real Presences.- Aidai, 226 p.
Susan Strange. States and
Markets.- Eugrimas, 367 p.
Virginia Woolf. A Room of
Ones Own.- Charibdė,
Local and foreign experts select the books on the basis of suggestions. Translations are undertaken from English, Danish, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Dutch, French, Russian, German, and ancient Greek and Latin. The OSFL usually covers the copyright fees, and finances the translation, editing and publishing of the book in one of the publishing houses in Lithuania. In 1998, in the competition for publishing translated books in the humanities and social sciences, out of the 21 publishers that applied to publish 118 books, 18 won the competition with 48 books.
The publication of some of these books is financed jointly with the
Central European University (CEU) Translation Project, the project East
Translations for East and the United States Information Service (USIS) in
The books in the series are donated to public, university and high school libraries in Lithuania.
April and May 1998, discussions on the programme were organized in Vilnius,
Kaunas and Šiauliai:100 Books for an Open Society: What Books are Needed for
Lithuania? The books in the series are regularly discussed in the Open Society
House. At the Warsaw Book Fair, two books were introduced and discussed, with
the participation of the authors and a group of specialists from Lithuania and
Poland: Leszek Balcerowicz, Capitalism. Socialism. Transformation and
Norman Davies, and Gods Playground. A History of Poland.
In cooperation with the Centre for Bibliography and Book Science of the
Martynas Mažvydas National Library and Publishers and Booksellers associations,
the first Lithuanian Books-in-Print catalogue 1998 was prepared and
published in 1,000 copies; it can also be found on the Internet (http://www.lnb.lrs.lt).
with the Bibliology Department of the Faculty of Communications at Vilnius
University, the British Council, and in cooperation with the publisher and
bookseller associations, the project Book Publishing and Bookselling Studies
at Vilnius University has been supported.
of Lithuanian Books on Sale 1998/Books-in-Print (prepared jointly with the
Bibliography and Bibliology Centre of the Martynas Mažvydas National Library
and the Publishers and Booksellers associations) 4,750
Art Competition Vilnius 98, special OSFL prize for the best design of a
scientific book - Vladas Drėma St. Johns Church (design I. Zibucas,
R. Paknys Publishers)
at the International Warsaw Book Fair
Lithuanian national exposition at the Frankfurt International Book Fair (part of organizational expenses) 2,926
Project of the Communication Faculty of Vilnius University Book Publishing and Bookselling Studies 7,500
expenses 450,687 USD
The Internet Programme supports projects seeking to provide interesting
and useful material on computer networks, and organizes training courses; it
provides Internet services to educational and research institutions,
non-governmental organizations, as well as individuals, gradually transferring
them to other institutions.
A competition, Lithuania on the Internet, aimed at presenting original
information on the Internet, creating user-friendly information search programs
with Lithuanian characters, preparing teaching aids on how to use the Internet,
were organized. The most interesting WWW web site projects were selected in
culture, art, education and science, e.g., Worldwide Open and Interesting
Samogitia, Encyclopedic Reference Book on Astronomy, Internet for the Blind of
new development in the programme is the competition Distance Learning Courses on
the Internet, stimulating distance learning on the Internet in Lithuania. The
competition received a number of applications, most of which, however, were of a
low level. The results showed that serious assistance is still needed for
distance learning. Free courses were organized instructing people on how to
prepare material for presentation on the Internet.
1999, the programme will not provide Internet connection and e-mail services.
Internet Training Courses 2,595
In cooperation with the Civil
Šiauliai Information Centre. Presentation of tourism
information about Šiauliai city and
The Centre For Family Support of Missing People.Missing
people search using Internet http://www.missing.lt/
Youth Information Office. Project Youth on the
Internet: http://www.jaunimas.lt/ 2,125
The Lithuanian Computerists Society. Web sites Contest
The Lithuanian Human Rights Association.
A web site of the Lithuanian Human Rights Association
Telšiai District Municipality. Telšiai District
Municipality Web Site 1,025
Association of Vilnius Youth Organizations "Round
Table".A web site of the Association of Vilnius Youth Organizations
A web site of the Šilutė District Nature Lovers 462
Student Society "Humanitas". Electronic
interdisciplinary monthly of the humanitarians "Artium Unitio": http://www.artium.lt/
An independent workgroup. Science and Life on the
Lithuanian Astronomists Union. The Sky of Lithuania: http://www.itpa.lt/ldangus/
An independent group of the staff of the Lithuanian
Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astronomy. Web sites of the Lithuanian
Physicists Society on the Internet: http://www.itpa.lt/~lfd/
In cooperation with the Library
The Lithuanian Librarians Association.A web site of the
Lithuanian Librarians Association on the Internet
The Library of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences.A web
site of the Lithuanian Library of the Academy of Sciences
The Zarasai Municipality Public Library. The Zarasai Public Library on the Internet 615
individual enterprise Our Word.A web
site of the Lithuanian blind on the Internet
Lithuanian Society for the Blind and Weak-sighted. The Internet for the Lithuanian blind
The Lithuanian Red Cross Society. A system of web sites of the Lithuanian Red Cross Society http://www.tdd.lt/lrk.redcross.lt/
The Youth Psychological Aid Centre. Youth
social-psychological assistance web site http://www.jaunimas.net/pagalba/
In cooperation with the Cultural
An independent workgroup at the Lithuanian Computerists
Society. Cultural Review of Open Lithuania "Alka": http://daugenis.mch.mii.lt/alka/foje.lt.htm
Publishing House. A web
site Naujasis Židinys/Aidai" 1,500
The Lithuanian Composers Society. Development of the
web site of the Music Information and Publishing Centre http://www.nkm.lt/mipc
An independent workgroup. Web site INTERGAL http://www.intergal.lt/
The Lithuanian Outdoor Country
Life Museum. The Lithuanian Outdoor Country
Life Museum on the Internet
"Aušra" Museum. Šiauliai
"Aušra" Museum on the Internet 1,075
The Lithuanian National Dzūkija Park. A web site of
the Lithuanian national and regional parks
Oskaras Koršunovas Theatre.
Oskaras Koršunovas theatre on the Internet and an interactive compact disc
"Roberto Zucco" 2,466
Vilnius Art Academy.A virtual book "Monasteries of
Vilnius Art Academy.Most
recent art publications on the Internet 1,125
The Lithuanian Photographers Union. Presentation of
Lithuanian photography on the Internet
Vilnius Art Academy.Lithuanian
cultural network 1,500
Distance learning through Internet
In cooperation with the Science and Studies Programme
The Lithuanian Computerists Society. The
system of training courses preparation on the Internet 1,250
University of Technology. Statistics and Data Analysis Software 1,705
Vilnius University. Stochastic
The Institute of Biotechnology. Interaction
of Albumen and DNR 1,500
News Channel 1,750
Vilnius University. Chemical
University of Technology. Fundamentals
for Computer Users 1,500
Vilnius University. Equations
of mathematical physics 1,500
The Business Training Methodical Consulting Centre. Preparation
of a template for marketing research methodical studies 2,000
Vilnius University. Teaching
mathematics with the MAPLE 1,000
Institute of Life and Belief. The
Bible and Life 1,500
Vilnius University. Instructive
financial game "Internet Securities Exchange" 1,500
and e-mail services 152,352
The OSFL Kaunas Centre aims at encouraging open communication,
discussions and even controversial debates, and at stimulating cultural and
civic events. During meetings and events the Kaunas public is informed about
OSFL strategy, its activities, programmes and cooperation possibilities.
The library-reading room, used by the Kaunas public, is still being
formed. The number of readers is increasing, and the collection has received
over 130 of the most recent publications. A computer-based catalogue has been
The centre has a positive atmosphere, and is frequented by people with
broad interests and views; it is becoming ever more open, the problems under
discussion are increasing. Young people learn about possibilities to study
abroad and about various scholarships and grants.
organizing discussions, preparing and implementing new projects, sociological
polls and research, the centre cooperates with the Kaunas city authorities, and
educational and cultural establishments. A project for youth leaders of the city
has been prepared, and is under implementation. The centre has an Internet
Centre expenses 33,513 USD