Karl-Georg Pfändtner appointed Director of the State and City Library of Augsburg

Karl-Georg Pfändtner, born in Bamberg in 1965, senior researcher in the Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich, has been appointed Director of the State and City Library of Augsburg as of 1 January 2017. He is the successor of Reinhard Laube, who had occupied this position since 2013.

Karl-Georg Pfändtner studied art history, theology and archaeology of the Middle Ages and the modern era at the universities of Bamberg and Munich. He earned a doctorate in Munich in 1996 with a dissertation about the Psalter illustrations of the 13th and early 14th century from Bologna. From 2000 to 2006, he worked on various projects for cataloguing manuscripts of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Austrian National Library in Vienna.

Since 2006, Dr. Pfändtner has been involved in various cataloguing projects for manuscripts and historical printed works at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich. Since 2008, he had been working on the cataloguing project of the manuscripts held by the City Library of Bamberg, thereby also substantially providing the historical and art-historical classification of the Bamberg manuscript collection.

Dr. Pfändtner will contribute extensive and long-term experience with the implementation of third-party funded projects to his new position. In addition, he acted as curator for exhibitions such as the current exhibition "Worlds of images – Book illumination at the end of the Middle Ages". His list of publications is extensive particularly in the fields of book- and art-historical topics.

Karl-Georg Pfändtner is looking forward to directing the State and City Library of Augsburg with joy and anticipation: "I am enthusiastic about taking up the new position in a library that is one of the richest in tradition and importance in southern Germany, holding extensive collections of international significance. Of course, the implementation of the large extension building will be a special challenge, which will offer unprecedented possibilities of exploring and presenting the library's treasures. Last but not least, I am looking forward to working in the wonderful city of Augsburg."

Klaus Ceynowa, Director General of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek: "With Dr. Karl-Georg Pfändtner, the State and City Library of Augsburg wins a director who is an outstanding scholar with comprehensive and long-term practical experience in libraries. The constructive, organisational and scholarly re-orientation of this very special library is in the best of hands with him."

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Founded in 1558 by Duke Albrecht V, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is an international research library of world renown. With over 10.3 million volumes, around 59,000 current journals in electronic and printed form and almost 131,000 manuscripts, the library ranks among the world's most important centers of knowledge and heritage institutions. With 1.2 million digitized works, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek holds the largest digital data stock of all German libraries. The library offers a broad range of services in the field of innovative digital use scenarios.