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Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics | Image source and copyright: Sage Publications
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The "Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics" analyses the impact of the social media on politics in the United States and selected countries and regions worldwide.


Annual Report for 2013

In its newly designed annual report, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek regularly reports about the library's development in the preceding year, with images and texts that will – hopefully – catch your attention and pique your curiosity with regard to the offers and services of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

View of Munich
Press Release

With the generous support of the Culture Foundation of the German Länder and further sponsors, among them the Giesecke & Devrient Foundation, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has acquired a precious collective atlas from a private owner for around EUR 1.4 million. The so-called "Lafreri atlas" contains 191 maps from the most renowned Italian map engravers, predominantly from the house of Bertelli. The acquisition prevented the division and sale of the atlas in parts .

The cooperation partners with Minister of Science Spaenle | Bavarian Academy of Sciences / A. Heddergott (image detail)

The historical research institutions seated in Munich will intensify their cooperation in the future. Their representatives signed a multilateral cooperation agreement on 4 August 2014 in the presence of the Bavarian Minister of Science Ludwig Spaenle.

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Within the framework of a Germany-wide national license, the archives of three relevant publications have now been made accessible: International Monetary Fund eLibrary (1946 - 2011), Handbooks in Economics (Elsevier, up to 2008), Hoppenstedt-Aktienführer (1979 - 1999).

Cod.hung. 1
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As the earliest preserved gospel in the Hungarian language (1466), the so-called "Munich codex" is the core specimen of the Hungarian manuscript collection of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Cod.hung. 1). It can be regarded as the philological-historical monument of the research of Hungary. The work is now available to the academic world not only in the form of the edition by Szabó T. Ádám, but also in the form of a digital facsimile freely accessible in the Internet.

Part-book viewer
Music Collection

Within the framework of the DFG-funded project "Printed sheet music of the 16th and 17th century with music for several voices in the BSB – digitisation and online availability", the Munich Digitization Centre has developed an innovative, special viewer that makes it possible for the first time to represent associated parts of a piece of sheet music in different screen segments at the same time. The new part-book viewer is selected by default for the digital copies forming part of the project.

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