Current activities

Recent acquisitions  | © BSB/ H.-R. Schulz

The services for recent acquisitions of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek have been technically and functionally modernized as of 1 July 2019. For the subject areas of historical and classical studies, music and Eastern Europe, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek now offers three new services on topical books and other new acquisitions forming part of its collections.

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Logbook of Sir Francis Drake’s last journey (1595/ 96) with transcription readably displayed in the image | © BSB/ Cod.angl. 2

Using the English-language manuscript Cod.angl. 2 as an example, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek demonstrates the innovative features of the technology of the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF, pronounced as "triple I F") in a pilot project: In the digitized image, the text of the handwritten logbook entries from the 16th century is laid over the image accurately, and can thus be read line by line in modern script (transcript).

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Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History (image from the information flyer on the database) | © Adam Matthew Digital

In cooperation with the University Library of Constance, the Specialised Information Service for Historical Studies offers the two databases "Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice" and "Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History" of the provider Adam Matthew Digital to everybody interested as of now.

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Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports, 1941 – 1996 | © Readex

Test access up to 31 May 2019
The Specialised Information Services for Historical Studies and for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek take part in the test access of the Berlin State Library (Specialised Information Service Asia) to the database "Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports, 1941 – 1996".

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The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has successfully submitted three requests for the continuation of the funding line "Fachinformationsdienste für die Wissenschaft" ("Specialised Information Services for Research and Scholarship") by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The library receives funds in the amount of EUR 7.4 million for the years 2019 to 2021. They will serve for the further expansion of the Specialised Information Services for Classical Studies, Historical Studies and Russian, East and Southeast European Studies.

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