Workshops: Localising the Sustainable Development Goals through Baltic museums and libraries

Registration is open until 8th September, 2021. Registration is needed only to participate in workshops as well as in the social event that will take place on the evening of 22 September: HERE. The conference will be streamed live on the Facebook pages of the National Library of Latvia, the Latvian Museum Association and the Latvian Librarians’ Association, and will be available free of charge to all those interested.


Workshop Day I

Day I Workshops (23 September) will enable colleagues from Baltic museums and libraries to meet and discuss different dimensions of sustainable development and the options for museums and libraries to engage with them. Workshops will continue exploring the projects and topics of the preceding presentations and will be facilitated by the respective presenters. 


Projects and topics:

Backup stories – community platform at Kaunas picture gallery

Auksė Petrulienė, National M. K. Čiurlionis Art Museum 


Latvian Library for the Blind – Provider of accessible information for people with print disabilities

Ieva Jēkabsone, Latvian Library for the Blind 


Museum gardens as places for growing and introducing heritage plants

Anneli Banner, Estonian Open Air Museum 


Quality education – the experience of Lithuanian public libraries

Jolita Steponaitienė, Lithuanian Librarians’ Association 


A public event programme as part of the European Social Fund project Complex health promotion and disease prevention measures

Ilze Sirmā, Māra Traumane, Pauls Stradiņš Medicine History Museum, Latvia 


The World Meets in the National Library’s intercultural programme for young people aged between 8-16 from developing countries

Pille Slabina, The National Library of Estonia 


Workshop Day II

Day II Workshops (24 September) will offer hands-on experience with tools, models and frameworks that can help museums and libraries plan, monitor, evaluate and communicate their work with the SDGs. Different tools will be useful in different museum or library contexts and / or useful for various heritage institutions. 


Why European Structural and Investment Funds? Why a Guide for Library Applicants?

Giuseppe Vitiello, European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA)

EBLIDA has published the document “European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) 2021-2027: a Guide for library applicants” [LINK] with a Chapter entitled: “How to make use of ESI Funds in eight steps”. 

Workshop participants will follow the instructions provided in the Guide and will apply them to project ideas formulated in advance, or to new ideas they wish to file for applications. Museums and libraries can approach ESI Funds in the following way:

1st Step. Consult the tools EBLIDA has made available within the Sustainable Development House 

2nd step. Consult the tools set up by partner organisations at national level 

3rd Step. Keep in mind the objectives of the EU Work programme 

4th Step. Constantly monitoring ESIF webpages 

5th Step. Look at the national webpage of ESI Funds 

6th Step. Create a TTU table for each library project 

7th Step. In countries where there is an on-going TTU action, get in touch with your national coordinator(s) when preparing your ESI-funded library project 

8th Step. In countries where there is no on-going TTU action, contact EBLIDA when preparing your ESI-funded library project 


Participants are free to apply all steps or some of them. At the end of the project, participants will get first-hand information on how to start filing a project within the ESI Funds. They will also use a self-evaluation tool which will be provided by Conference organisers.


Mainstreaming the Sustainable Development Goals in Museums: a framework for planning and action

Henry McGhie, Curating Tomorrow

In order to meet our sustainability goals, we need to be clear on what they are and have clear plans to achieve them. This workshop will help participants understand which sustainable development challenges to work on, and how to use the Sustainable Development Goals and targets to shape their activities, monitor and evaluate, and communicate progress and challenges, drawing on the new publication ‘Mainstreaming the Sustainable Goals in Museums’.

SDG Storytelling – Demonstrating Contribution through Evidence

Kristīne Pabērza-Ramiresa, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

The Storytelling Manual workshop will provide an opportunity to learn more about evidence-based storytelling and how to communicate the contribution and impact of your organisation (library or museum) to various audiences. During the workshop we will discuss elements of compelling SDG stories and how to use different types of data and evidence in storytelling. A practical part of the workshop will be dedicated to analysing few examples of SDG stories from around the world against the elements of evidence-based stories. It will be an opportunity to learn more about how to use different data and evidence to tell compelling stories and to demonstrate the contribution you are making in achieving the SDGs.

Wheel Chart of Sustainability – a tool for development

Leena Marsio, Finnish Heritage Agency

What does sustainable development mean in practice in cultural organisations, museums and various heritage communities? What does it actually mean, aside from rhetorical statements in strategies, and what is it about, aside from waste management? In this workshop the participants will learn about sustainability in all of its four dimensions (ecologic, economic, social, cultural) with the help of a discussion tool: The Wheel Chart of Sustainability. The workshop will help the participants analyse and develop their own activities in accordance with the principles of sustainability. There are no ready-made answers, but the aim is to start the process of asking questions, having a dialogue and learning new things from other participants too. The workshop will consist of a presentation of the tool and discussions in pairs or small groups to analyse and develop the work of each participant’s organisation. As the outcome of the workshop, participants will acquire new insights to sustainability in their own organizations and ideas for development. The tool can be downloaded and printed for free from the web in several different languages, for use after the workshop.

The Ki Books – Your How-To Guides for Sustainability

Caitlin Southwick, Ki Culture

Most people don't think about the carbon footprint of a museum or library when they enter our buildings. As institutions built for the public benefit, we are assumed to be sustainable. However, due to collections management policies, slow-moving processes, and traditionalist approaches, our buildings can produce the same amount of carbon as a hospital. Not to mention packing, transportation, or waste streams – all of which contribute to an environmentally unsustainable sector. In order to be effective advocates for sustainability, we must demonstrate sustainable practices ourselves. So how does our profession actually affect the environment? And what can we, as practitioners, do about it? This session investigates theoretical approaches and critical thinking related to the environmental sustainability of the cultural sector. Participants will be introduced to the Ki Books - free step-by-step guides from Ki Culture. These guides for sustainable action are specifically designed for cultural professionals in collaboration with sustainability experts. The Ki Books provide practical tips and resources and translate sustainable theory into tangible action.


The conference will be streamed live on the Facebook pages of the National Library of Latvia, the Latvian Museum Association (LMA) and the Latvian Librarians’ Association (LLA), and will be available free of charge to all those interested.


Please note that the workshops and the social event will only be available to a limited number of participants in order to guarantee equal opportunities for interaction and exchange. Take a breath and think it through – if you feel more like a listener who is seeking new information and inspiration, then you will be the perfect audience for the streamed part of the conference. If you are up for active involvement in all the three events – taking part in discussions, engaging in exercises and doing presentations – then, great!, go on and fill out this application form!


You will be notified on whether you have been selected for the participants list by your respective museum or librarians’ association before 13 September!


To finalise your registration, you will need to cover the participation fee of EUR 15. This will be used for the development of the 3D interactive environment – an innovative solution by the Estraad company (Norway), specially tailored for the conference. We are looking forward to having meaningful and fruitful encounters with you during this challenging time of social distancing!