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Blog „Kunst zwischen Deckeln” | © BSB/Lilian Landes

Artists' books are primarily works of art. The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek holds one of the most important collections of international artists' books and, with the foundation of a common blog, creates an international communication tool for collecting institutions, researchers, students and private collectors.

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Vermesser am Messtisch und Vogelschaubild der Landschaft. Holzschnitt um 1598 von Paul Pfinzing | © BSB/Bildarchiv

8 April – 15 November 2019
Cabinet presentation of the map collection
The Pfinzing atlas, created by the Nuremberg trader, mathematician and cartographer Paul Pfinzing (1554 – 1599), forms part of the most important works of cartography produced in Nuremberg in the 16th century. It contains hand-drawn and hand-coloured maps of the imperial city of Nuremberg and its territory, as well as various territorial representations from the private environment of the Pfinzing family.

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The Joint Committee of the German Research Foundation (DFG) has decided on the funding of a national consortium with Cambridge University Press on 29 March 2019. This means that all German scholars affiliated with an institution that adopts the license can publish materials in the open access format in journals of the publishing house. The contract was negotiated by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, which will also organise the implementation of the contract.

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LMUcard | © Zentrale Universitätsverwaltung der LMU München

Students and employees of the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich receive their library reader pass in connection with the LMUcard in the future. Reader passes issued by the University Library which have been valid so far are planned to be exchanged accordingly up to the end of September 2019.

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Cambridge Core | © Cambridge University Press

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek offers access to the e-books of the Full Collection of Cambridge University Press including over 37.000 titles for a further year, up to the end of January 2020. With respect to subject fields, around two thirds of the titles belong to the field of humanities and social sciences, and around one third belongs to the field of science, technology and medicine.

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© ArchMen – fotolia.com

The publishing house Peter Lang specialises in literature focused on humanities and social sciences. Around 6,900 e-books in the German language have been made accessible for registered library users within the scope of the license held by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek a short while ago.

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Bibliotheksforum Bayern, Coverausschnitt | © BSB/Bibliotheksforum Bayern

“The first issue of the Bibliotheksforum Bayern in 2019 shows in an incredible density the impressive depth and width of the presence of all our library types, which, despite the great diversity of their target groups and missions, have one common trait: Finding answers to the urgent questions of our increasingly digital, complex and heterogeneous world.”

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Titelseite der sowjetischen Satirezeitschrift Krokodil, Ausgabe Nr. 1 aus dem Jahr 1960 | © East View Information Services

The Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies has acquired a license for free-of-charge access to the “Krokodil Digital Archive” containing the digital copies of all issues of Krokodil. "Krokodil" was a Soviet satirical periodical that was published from 1922 to 2008 and poked fun at topics such as religion, alcoholism, the Soviet bureaucracy or the politics and society in the “West” in its caricatures and satirical texts.

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Titelblatt der Biblij Cžeská von Melantrich z Aventina, Jirí, d. 1511 – 1580 und Netolické, Bartolomej, d. 1552, 1549 in Prag gedruckt | © Brill

Within the scope of the Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies, the digital collection "Slavonic Bibles Online" has recently been made accessible free of charge Germany-wide and at German institutes abroad. The digital collection comprises a total of 100 works in various Slavic languages, in particular in Church-Slavonic, which were produced in around 30 Eastern-European locations, but also in Berlin or Venice.

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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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Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari (1876 – 1948) | © BSB/Bildarchiv

The works of the German-Italian composer Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari (1876 – 1948) have no longer been protected by copyright since the start of the year 2019. Wolf-Ferrari, who lived and worked in Munich for many years, became famous predominantly as a composer of operas, but also created numerous chamber music works. The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek holds a unique collection of his music manuscripts, which can now be made available online almost in its entirety to everybody interested.

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Bleilettern der Futura halbfett auf einem mit Futura halbfett ausgeführten Druck im Hintergrund | © BSB/Ana A I.

Together with students of the Institute for German Philology under the direction of Prof. Dr. Waldemar Fromm and Laura Mokrohs and with the University Library of the LMU Munich, the Division of Personal Papers (Dr. Rahel Bacher and Dr. Maximilian Schreiber) has devised and set up an extensive exhibition on Paul Renner.

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Stern, Logo

The publishing house Gruner + Jahr commits the analogue photographic archive of the journal STERN to the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB) in Munich, in order to secure the long-term existence of the archive and to make it accessible to the public and to research. The donation comprises over 15 million photographs from the years 1948 to 1997 in the form of prints, negatives and slides. The archive constitutes one of the largest collections of photographs in the German language area. It is considered the visual memory of the Federal Republic of Germany and one of the most important documents of photo journalism on a worldwide scale.

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Erdglobus von Gerhard Mercator. Kupferstich auf Pappe mit Gipskreidegrund. Leuven, 1541 | © BSB – Amberg, Provinzialbibliothek, EG-Mercator

As of 21 January 2019, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek shows books, maps and globes of the 16th and 17th century in the second part of its exhibition “God, the World and Bavaria”. Titled “From the Orient and the Occident”, a number of outstanding pieces are shown, such as two globes of Gerhard Mercator, the celestial atlas of Andreas Cellarius, “De Revolutionibus” of Nicolaus Copernicus and a coat of arms of Lucas Cranach the Elder.

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Schulungen | © VIGE.co – fotolia.com

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek offers a broad spectrum of literature and search possibilities – no matter whether you require material for scholarly works, for professional or private further training and education. Our courses are intended to help you find your way through the information jungle. We are looking forward to your visit!

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Inspired by Hermann Lingg's (1820 – 1905) humorous poem "Das Krokodil zu Singapur" ("The crocodile of Singapore"), the association of poets from Munich was called "Das Krokodil" or "Die Krokodile" when it was founded in 1857. In line with this, the symbol of the association was of course a crocodile. A new virtual exhibition at bavarikon now presents a portrait of this poets' society.

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© Sovfoto / Universal Images Group [Photograph]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. https://quest-1eb-1com-10010b4eq0af9.emedia1.bsb-muenchen.de/search/300_273317/1/300_273317/cite

The digital source collection "The Chernobyl Files. Declassified Documents of the Ukrainian KGB" has been acquired recently within the scope of the Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies. It makes Ukrainian and Soviet governmental documents on the nuclear disaster of Chernobyl accessible free of charge Germany-wide and at German institutes abroad.

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Max von Pettenkofer (1818 – 1901) | © BSB/Bildarchiv

The city of Munich in particular celebrates the 200th birthday of Max von Pettenkofer on 3 December 2018, since the city owes its modern sewer system and the central drinking water supply to Germany's first hygienist, so that Munich was considered one of the world's cleanest cities at the end of the 19th century.

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Heinrich Kaminski (1886 – 1946) und Hugo Distler (1908 – 1942) | © Heinrich Kaminski Gesellschaft e. V. und BSB/Bildarchiv

22 November 2018 – 29 March 2019
Cabinet presentation from the series "Musical treasures"
A cabinet presentation in the hallway leading to the Reading Room for Music, Maps and Images is centred on two of the most important German composers of the first half of the 20th century, whose personal papers are preserved by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek: Heinrich Kaminski (1886 – 1946) and Hugo Distler (1908 – 1942).

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Hermann Kaulbach an seine achtjährige Tochter Dorothea | © BSB

In the autumn of 2018, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek acquired an important supplement of the personal papers (Ana 652) of Hermann Kaulbach (1846 – 1909). The son of the "prince of painters" Wilhelm von Kaulbach (1805 – 1874) became famous as a genre painter in particular. At the same time, he was at the centre of the Munich society. The most notable persons of his time were frequent guests at his house.

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Visual History Archive | © ProQuest

As of November 2018, the Specialised Information Services for Historical Studies and for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies offer access to 55,000 digitized interviews recorded in 62 countries and in 41 languages, predominantly with survivors of the Holocaust.

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© BSB/A. Hofmann

On 31 October 2018, the 300,000th title has been entered in the Bibliography of German History (DHB). The DHB is developed within the scope of historicum.net – Specialised Information Service for Historical Studies.

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„Plaza“ – Lern- und Arbeitsbereich im Erdgeschoss | © BSB/S. Gottstein

400 square metres, 130 new workplaces, modern design and high quality of stay: On 9 November 2018, at 11:00, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek inaugurates the new "Plaza" on the ground floor of the library building in Ludwigstrasse. The new space with a wide variety of workplace scenarios is the next step towards further improving services for the library users.

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Das Jahr vor '68: Demonstration von Studentinnen und Studenten gegen den Bildungsnotstand 1967, Glyptothek München | © BSB/Bildarchiv

Revolutionary moves, the spirit of 1968 in Munich, writers, painters and artists in and around Breitbrunn on the Chiemsee – the Literaturportal Bayern presents new contents again on interesting historical and regional aspects of Bavarian literature in its modules Blog, Themen (topics) and Literaturland (land of literature).

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Schrägsicht des dreidimensionalen Profils des Codex Aureus | © BSB/Clm 14000

As a result of a four-year DFG project, an online database has now been made accessible on Western and Central-Asian adorned and luxurious book bindings and covers from the holdings of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

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Berta Kaiser: Rotgardist am Marienplatz, 1919 | © Münchner Stadtmuseum/bavarikon

To mark the 100th birthday of the Free State, bavarikon presents the exciting and dramatic history of its beginnings in a virtual exhibition. Five chronological sections and an in-depth presentation bring the revolutionary years 1918/ 19 closer to you. The focus lies on the events taking place in Munich, which were decisive for the whole of Bavaria. In addition, diverse developments in ten other locations of Old Bavaria, Franconia and Swabia will be included.

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„Augsburger Gebet“ in rheinfränkischer Schreibsprache, ein frühes wichtiges Sprachdenkmal des Althochdeutschen (9. Jahrhundert) |  © BSB/Clm 3851, 1r

Compiled by Juliane Trede in cooperation with Anja Freckmann, the third catalogue of the medieval Latin manuscripts from Augsburg preserved by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek contains descriptions of a total of 84 codices. By the exception of one book, all volumes are from the cathedral library of Augsburg, meaning that the complete collection from Augsburg held by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, which includes a total of 209 books, has now been catalogued.

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Rubinglaspokal aus dem Nachlass von Friedrich Wilhelm von Thiersch (1784 – 1860) | © BSB/Maximilian Schreiber

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has been presented with a beautiful gold-ruby glass cup from private ownership as a supplement to the personal estate of the classical philologist Friedrich Wilhelm von Thiersch (1784 – 1860). Thiersch had received the cup on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his doctorate.

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Prof. Dr. Ewald Frie | © Fany Fazii, Tübingen

The modern historian Ewald Frie gives a first résumé after a good two years of operation of the Specialised Information Service for Historical Studies (FID Historical Studies). Ewald Frie is a professor for modern history at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen and a member of the advisory council of the FID Historical Studies.

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 Karte von 2014 zu „frozen conflicts” (noch ohne die Ostukraine) | © Spiridon Ion Cepleanu, Wikimedia Commons, Lizenz: CC BY-SA 3.0

Within the scope of the Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies the collections "Donetsk and Luhansk Newspaper Collection" and "South Ossetia Presidential Election, 2011 – 2012" have recently been made accessible free of charge Germany-wide and at German institutes abroad.

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