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Director General
Dr. Klaus Ceynowa

Klaus Ceynowa, born in 1959, studied philosophy, German philology, history and educational science at the University of Münster (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität), receiving a doctorate with a thesis about the origins of philosophical pragmatism.

As an academic librarian, he worked as assistant to the director and head of the acquisition department at the University and Regional Library of Münster from 1995 to 2001, and as vice director of the State and University Library of Göttingen from 2002 to 2005. In 2005 he assumed the office of Deputy Director General of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich and has been Director General since 1 April 2015.

Among other things, Klaus Ceynowa holds primary responsibility for the innovation projects of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. These projects include for example 3D Internet applications, scanning robotics, mass digitisation and digital long-term archiving, visual search, mobile applications, gesture-based computing, cloud-based information systems and the cultural portal bavarikon. He holds memberships in numerous bodies and committees of German and international librarianship.



Deputy Director General
Dr. Dorothea Sommer

Dorothea Sommer, born in 1962, studied English and Slavonic philology and education at the Martin-Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, obtaining a doctorate there with a thesis on Middle English literature. Subsequently, she obtained a degree in library management and information service at the University of Aberystwyth, Wales, Great Britain.

From 1990 to 1997 she worked as expert for English philology, general literary studies and art at the University and Regional Library (ULB) of Saxony-Anhalt, assuming the position of Vice Director of the library from 1997 to 2013. In 2013 she assumed the position of Director. Since 1 September 2015, she has been Deputy Director General of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

Dorothea Sommer is an expert in the fields of early printed works and digitization. Among other projects, she managed the project "Register of German printed works of the 17th century" funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) in Halle from 1996 to 2008. Subsequently, she coordinated the pilot phase of the project "VD 18 – National bibliographic register and digital library of the 18th century", as well as further pilot projects for mass digitization and the digitization of newspapers. Dorothea Sommer has particular expertise in the field of library construction and planning.

Dorothea Sommer holds memberships in numerous bodies and committees of German and international librarianship. She is a co-editor of the journal "ABI-Technik: Zeitschrift für Automation, Bau und Technik in Archiv-, Bibliotheks- und Informationswesen" (Journal for automation, construction and technology in archives, libraries and information science).