The VJPL will start with three staff members with Ms. Daiva Kiminaite as head librarian. Languages spoken by the current staff members include Lithuanian, Russian, English, and German. The library is currently (December 2011) closed to the public as furniture, equipment, and major parts of the collection are still being catalogued and set up. The library will open again in late January/early February after the work has been completed. Until then, many administrative tasks are being worked on such as the arrangement of having wheelchair access, creating a library foundation, and determining the library's budget for 2012.
My role in the VJPL (besides being the founder) will be the one of honorary director, chairman, and ambassador. That will allow me to continue to promote the library and to gather donations on an international level. My involvement also includes advising and event planning. For various reasons, my home base cannot be Vilnius under the current circumstances. First of all, my main job will be to gather future donations. The best opportunities for me to do that is in the US or other English speaking countries. Second, as of now, I cannot afford to permanently stay in Vilnius. I need to stay in a country where I am able to hold down a job with a sufficient income. I lived in hostels for two years when I was trying to establish the VJPL. I cannot and will not continue with that kind of lifestyle, as I am sure everybody will understand. I am currently supported by friends of mine, and I am trying to find a way to get any future travel and other expenses related to my work for the VJPL covered. With some more progress in that regard, I will be able to have more freedom to increase my promotion work for the VJPL and my physical presence at the VJPL itself. Please understand, I am not a EU citizen and I do not speak Lithuanian. The people running the VJPL are professionals and truly understand my vision for it. Even without my permanent physical presence at the VJPL, I am in frequent contact with the administrators and staff members.
The VJPL is a library in progress. The current number of items in the library's collection is about 5,000, ranging from books, CDs, DVDs, to various pieces of artwork. Languages covered in the collection so far include English, Lithuanian, Polish, Russian, Hebrew, Yiddish, and German.