Specialised information service
The Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies
Since 1949, the German Research Foundation (DFG) has supported the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek as reference library for the research of Eastern Europe in Germany. Between 1949 and 2015, this took place within the framework of the funding programme for special collection areas, "Sondersammelgebiete", and since 2016 the programme of Specialised Information Services for Science and Scholarship, "Fachinformationsdienste für die Wissenschaft", has been pursued.
The Specialised Information Service (FID) for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies provides an infrastructure for the research of Eastern Europe in the fields of humanities and social sciences. The broad spectrum of services in the domain of scholarly literature and information provision is expanded continuously in close coordination with the expert community.
Acquisition and cataloguing services
Within the framework of the Specialised Information Service, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek acquires around 18,000 monographs and collective works annually, as well as several thousand journals and a broad spectrum of electronic media from Eastern Europe and about the region. Descriptive and subject cataloguing is carried out for the entire literature. As a special service, tables of contents and abstracts (since 2006) and bibliographies and registers (since 2016) are provided in digital form. Not only do they offer a "first glance at the contents", but they are also incorporated in the search, thereby offering systematic and frequently also multilingual search access points.
(E-book) Interlibrary loan
One of the core tasks of the Specialised Information Service is the Germany-wide provision of the acquired research literature. This service is highly sought after: Around 13,000 monographs from and about Eastern Europe and a similar number of articles are circulated by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek within the scope of national interlibrary loan every year. Articles from electronic journals and e-books are also made available via interlibrary loan, with the service being expanded in 2017.
Book request service
Do you have a particular acquisition request or a recommendation for us? Within the scope of the FID profile, we appreciate receiving your requests and indications regarding gaps in our collections, web contents of scholarly relevance and research trends and will check whether we can incorporate them in our spectrum of media and services.
To cover the peak demand of German Eastern-Europe research, the Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies acquires licenses for location-independent access to digital resources that come at a charge. The focus is on extensive full-text archives.
As a particular research service, the Specialised Information Service is setting up a comprehensive articles database for interdisciplinary research in Germany-wide cooperation with specialist libraries. The formal and subject indexing of articles and reviews from over 600 specialist journals from and about Eastern Europe takes place in accordance with the relevant library standards. The articles can already be searched in the Gateway Bayern by selecting "Aufsatzsuche plus" (article search plus). They will also be incorporated in the search services of the Virtual Library Eastern Europe (ViFaOst) shortly.
The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek supports the open-access idea. Around 80,000 titles from the Eastern Europe collection have already been made freely accessible in digital form. Continuing the DFG-supported project OstDok (2009 – 2015), the Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies provides the technical infrastructure for electronic secondary publications of printed monographs, collective works and journals from the field of Eastern-Europe research. In cooperation with research institutes and Eastern-Europe experts, also the provision of originally electronic publication series and online portals on the topic is expanded continuously.
Research data management
Among the fundamentally new scholarly postulates there are the sustainable reproducibility of research processes and the option to re-use collected data. The Specialised Information Service supports the Eastern-Europe research in Germany in the fields of humanities and social sciences in setting up a high-performance research data management, developing the infrastructural basis for the digital publication and long-term archiving of research data.
Virtual Library Eastern Europe – ViFaOst
In the form of the Virtual Library Eastern Europe (Virtuelle Fachbibliothek Osteuropa, ViFaOst), the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has provided a central research and information portal for the research of Eastern, Eastern-Central and South-Eastern Europe in Germany already since 2002. In cooperation with the other supporting organisations, the Specialised Information Service is currently preparing the relaunch of the successor portal with improved technology and extended content for the end of 2017. A beta version of the improved search access point for literature search on Eastern Europe involving multiple databases has been available in the ViFaOst already since 15 May 2017.
Virtual Library Eastern Europe – ViFaOst
Interdisciplinary portal on the field of East European studiesTo the Portal