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7 April 2020 → 15:30
We will explain our online catalogue (OPACplus) and give you tips for research in academic databases. Suitable for new users or those who would like to refresh their knowledge.

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SAGE Knowledge | © SAGE Publications

The platform SAGE Knowledge offers access to English-language e-books, encyclopaedias and reference books of the publishing house SAGE in full-text form, in particular from the fields of humanities and social sciences, including numerous internationally commended titles.

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Sammlung Tusculum | © De Gruyter

Tusculum, near Rome, was the city where Cicero had his country house, which served as his retreat. Tusculum was considered the epitome of leisure and of valuable escapes from a demanding everyday life – and gave its name to the famous book series. The "Sammlung Tusculum" (collection Tusculum) is the most extensive book series on Greek and Latin literature in the German language area.

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© BSB/H.-R. Schulz

The website of the Consulting Center for Public Libraries has been submitted to a complex relaunch. The website has been rendered more professional and easy to use by the responsible working group web relaunch in cooperation with the editorial team of the consulting center in charge of the specialised columns and staff members of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

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Turnierbuch Wilhelms IV. von Bayern (1493 – 1550) | © BSB/bavarikon

bavarikon newly features around 190 lithographies. These are prints produced in the lithographic printing technique – a method developed in Munich, which revolutionised the reproduction of image materials.

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© Gallica-BnF/retronews.fr

The Specialised Information Service for Historical Studies offers access to retronews.fr up to 22 February 2020 within the scope of a short-term test. The platform contains around 15 million articles from 600 digitized French newspapers published in the period between 1631 and 1950.

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Gütesiegel „Certified Licensor“ des BVPA | © Bundesverband Professioneller Bildanbieter

The Image Archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek received the seal of quality "Certified Licensor" of the Federal Association of Professional Image Providers (Bundesverband Professioneller Bildanbieter; BVPA) at the beginning of the year. This means that the Image Archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, with its collection now grown to 17 million images, has become a member of the circle of big picture agencies, such as mauritius images or bpk.

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Christus am Ölberg. Detail der einzigen erhaltenen Radierplatte Albrecht Dürers samt Abzug, 1515 (Kupferplatte 25 und I C 1) | © Staatsbibliothek Bamberg/Gerald Raab

Masterpieces of calligraphy, printing plates of copper, iron and zinc, detailed pencil drawings of landmark buildings in and around Bamberg and a fund of handwritten and drawn sources on the history of Bamberg – the new digital collections of the Bamberg State Library are equally diverse and unique.

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Richard Strauss. Particell des Spätwerks „Metamorphosen” | © BSB/Mus.ms. 20864

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has been making the music manuscripts from the personal papers of the most prominent composers available online for several years, among them autographs of Gustav Mahler, Josef Rheinberger, Max Reger, Heinrich Kaminski, Hugo Distler and Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari. At the beginning of the year 2020, the works of two of the most important German composers of the first half of the 20th century lost copyright protection: Richard Strauss (1864 – 1949) and Hans Pfitzner (1869 – 1949).

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#2019Bestnine auf Instagram | © BSB

We are pleased about the 10,587 likes we have received for our 108 posts in the year 2019 on our Instagram account @bsbmuenchen.

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Bauarbeiten | © BSB

Due to construction work by the Stadtwerke (department of public works) Munich on a district cooling pipeline, access to the BSB's parking lot for disabled visitors will be possible exclusively via the entrance at Kaulbachstrasse 9 (Bavarian Supreme Audit Office) as of Monday, 27 January 2020, presumably up to 1 March 2020.

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Hans VI. Tucher, Miniatur im Großen Tucherbuch, 1590 – 1606 | © Stadtarchiv Nürnberg/Inventarnummer: E29/III, 258, fol. 74r

Today, travellers have a wide range of information at their disposal, from conventional travel literature to experience reports on the Internet. But which media did travellers use in the late Middle Ages? Who was even able to travel? Pioneers of travel at that time were pilgrims. As a result, one of the most important German-language travel reports of this time is thanks to a Jerusalem pilgrim, Hans VI Tucher (1428 – 1491).

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Josef Anton Riedl (2. v. l.) gemeinsam mit Carl Orff (rechts) im Siemens-Studio für elektronische Musik, undatiert | © BSB/Bildarchiv

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has received the personal papers of the composer Josef Anton Riedl (born in Munich in 1927, died in Murnau in 2016), including both his musical work and documentation of his life, as a donation by the family von Külmer, Christiane and Stefanie von Külmer.

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© BillionPhotos.com – fotolia.com

The historical archives of the British dailies "The Daily Telegraph" (1855 – 2000) and "Daily Mail" (1896 – 2004), as well as that of "The Listener" (1929 – 1991), a weekly publication of the BBC containing discussions and comments on predominantly cultural and intellectual radio programmes, have now been made available in digital form at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

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Visual History Archive | © ProQuest

The recently licensed database "Visual History Archive" offers access to 55,000 digitized interviews recorded in 62 countries and in 41 languages, predominantly with survivors of the Holocaust.

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Russia Presidential Election 2018 | © East View Information Services

Political scientists and historians in the field of eastern-European studies in Germany can look forward to free-of-charge access to the new database "Russia Presidential Election 2018", for which a license has been acquired recently within the scope of the Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies.

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Origenes, Homiliae in psalmos, 12. Jahrhundert (Anfang) | © BSB/Cod.graec. 314, Blatt 1r

Volume 5 of the catalogue of Greek manuscripts of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Munich introduces 83 manuscripts. More than half of the codices originally formed part of the collection of the Augsburg trader Johann Jakob Fugger (1516 – 1575) and of manuscript holdings sold by the widely known writer and manuscript trader Andreas Darmarios to Duke William V of Bavaria in 1583. This means that they formed part of the collection at the time of foundation of the Munich court library.

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Hofbibliothek 1789 im Wilhelminum neben der Kirche St. Michael | © BSB/Bildarchiv

Elector Karl Theodor (reigned 1777 – 1799) decided on 18 December 1789 to have his Munich court library "opened for use by all and sundry ... without distinction of class or status ... for the promotion of scholarship". The princely book collection was on its way to a state institution; its opening constituted a milestone for the public.

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Augustinus-Handschrift in angelsächsischer Minuskel des 8. Jahrhunderts (Detail) | © BSB/Clm 14653, Blatt 29v

The fifth catalogue volume on the Latin and medieval manuscripts of the Benedictine abbey St. Emmeram in Regensburg contains detailed codicological and contentual descriptions of 142 manuscripts of the 8th to the 16th century, a temporal focus of the preserved works being on the 15th century.

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Ausschnitt aus dem ersten Rollup der Dokumentarausstellung | © Generalkonsulat der Republik Bulgarien in München

15 November 2019 – 15 January 2020
The Bulgarian Consulate General in Munich celebrates the 140th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the two countries with a documentary exhibition, making phases from the development of German-Bulgarian diplomacy visible from 1879 to the present.

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Kosmographie Muḥammed Ibn-Zakarīyā al-Qazwīnīs (Die Wunder der Schöpfung). Version aus dem 18. Jahrhundert | © BSB/Cod.arab. 463

In the course of the coming three years, the German Research Foundation will fund the development of a union catalogue and of a portal "Orient-Digital" for oriental manuscripts. It is intended to establish common cataloguing standards, to convert printed catalogues into electronic ones and to pool all existing electronic catalogue entries. Under the direction of the Oriental Department of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, the Gotha Research Library, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Munich and the University Computation Center (URZ) Leipzig will be cooperating closely.

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Belarus Anti-Fascist Resistance Collection | © East View Information Services

The Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies has acquired two new source collections with so far unpublished or not readily accessible materials on the resistance against the German occupation of Belarus during the Second World War.

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© Adam Matthew Digital

The diverse and comprehensive collection on ethnomusicology includes materials from all over the world. The database contains thousands of audio field recordings and interviews, educational recordings, film materials, field books, slides, correspondence and ephemera from more than 60 fields of study, from West Africa, North America and South-East Asia among other regions.

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© BillionPhotos.com – fotolia.com

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has recently extended access to the digital newspaper archives of two of the biggest American dailies again: "The New York Times" from 1851 to 2015 and "The Washington Post" from 1877 to 2002.

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Bayerische Staatsbibliothek übergibt 203 Bücher an das Deutsche Freimaurermuseum in Bayreuth | © BSB/U. Rehusch

Within the framework of an event on 4 December 2019, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has restituted 203 illegally acquired books from its holdings to the German Masonic Museum in Bayreuth in the presence of Minister of Sciences Bernd Sibler. The library thus continues its endeavours started in 2003 to return NS loot to its original owners or their heirs or legal successors.

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Maria Janitschek (1859 – 1927): Mimikry, ein Stück modernes Leben | © BSB/bavarikon

Following the Evas Töchter (Eve's daughters) exhibition at the Monacensia in the Hildebrandhaus (2018) and looking back on 100 years of women's suffrage, the bavarikon exhibition wants to take influential women writers in Bavaria into account. On display are digital copies from Munich's female writers, all of whose personal papers are kept in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek – their fictional works and essays, their correspondence with the city's cultural and literary personalities within and outside the women's movement, as well as portraits of their most important representatives.

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Bibliotheksforum Bayern, Coverausschnitt | © BSB/Bibliotheksforum Bayern

"When you take a look at the table of contents of this issue of Bibliotheksforum Bayern, you will notice at once: the issue is penetrated in its entirety by all things digital. Not only are there five articles explicitly dedicated to the digital library, but there are also other sections which deal with this topic again and again: 'Continuity in the midst of change: Increasing use of digital media', 'Blended learning, gamification and co.' and 'Social media in professional training' – the article titles speak a clear language."

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„Die Ungeborenen“ | COPYRIGHT ANSELM KIEFER. Fotos: BSB/L. Landes

The Directors General of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Dr. Klaus Ceynowa and Dr. Dorothea Sommer, were delighted to take a look at the artist’s book created in 2002, for which Anselm Kiefer treated photographs with ash and lead. "Die Ungeborenen" – the unborn – are all children who were aborted, never begotten or those who will be born in the future. The prominent recent acquisition joins a further Libri Selecti of the artist: The large-format "Euridike" came to the collection of artists’ books almost 30 years ago.

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Kunstvoll bemalter tibetischer Buchdeckel, 15./16. Jahrhundert | © BSB/Öffentlichkeitsarbeit

The collection of over 100 Tibetan book covers of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has been expanded by a show-piece from the 15th/ 16th century. The artistically painted specimen shows the historical Buddha with his students and characters of Tibetan Buddhism.

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Kurfürst Karl Theodor von Pfalz-Bayern (1724 – 1799) | © BSB/Bildarchiv

21 November 2019 – 30 April 2020
Cabinet presentation from the series "Musical treasures"
With the accession to power of Elector Karl Theodor in 1778, a new epoch started also for music in Munich. The musicians of the famous Mannheim court orchestra accompanied the Elector and set new standards in the music scene in Munich. In a presentation in the hallway of the Department of Music, facsimiles of music manuscripts of the Mannheim composers are shown. In addition, there are libretti on operas, melodramas and ballets by the court musicians, first editions of printed sheet music, contemporary portraits and documentary material.

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