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BayernWLAN in der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek | © BSB/Öffentlichkeitsarbeit

In recent weeks, a number of problems unfortunately have occurred with respect to the provision of the BayernWLAN at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. We are sorry for these failures and limitations of service. For providing the BayernWLAN, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek uses the infrastructure of the network Münchner Wissenschaftsnetz, and is therefore not in a position to interfere with the network's operation or the repair of technical defects.

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Ⓒ ProQuest

The Specialised Information Services for Historical Studies and Anglo-American Culture have enabled access to the historical newspapers "The Guardian" (1821 – 2003) and "The Observer" (1791 – 2003), as well as "The New Statesman and Nation" (1913 – 2000) as of 19 September 2018.

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Ⓒ Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands e. V.

The biannual Historikertag is Europe's biggest congress in the field of humanities. In 2018, historicum.net is present even twice in the programme.

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Suche in musiconn.scoresearch

With musiconn.scoresearch you can search for melodies in the Bavarian State Library’s digitized complete editions of Beethoven, Händel, Liszt, and Schubert based on the output of an OMR-program (“optical music recognition”).

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Bibliotheksforum Bayern, Coverausschnitt | © BSB/Bibliotheksforum Bayern

A new, highly informative issue with very many different articles is waiting for you. An event series with State Minister Bernd Sibler, who is the chairman of the Bavarian Library Association at the same time, shows the important role of libraries in the life-long learning process of the population.

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100-Blatt-Karte des russischen Reiches | © BSB/Öffentlichkeitsarbeit

A few weeks ago, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek received the so-called 100-sheet map of the Russian empire ("Stolistovaya") as a present from private ownership. Consisting of 107 sheets, the work published in Saint Petersburg from 1801 to 1804 constitutes the first multi-sheet, official map of Russia and accordingly a central source of Russian cartography in the 19th century.

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Inspektion des Bürgermilitärs durch Herzog Max in Bayern in der Ludwigstraße, kolorierte Lithographie von Gustav Kraus von 1852 | © BSB/Bildarchiv

In August, the Image Archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has uploaded a further 1,200 images to the online catalogue. Among them are numerous recent acquisitions, such as a coloured steel engraving of the French general Louis Alexandre Berthier (1753), who was married to a Bavarian princess and niece of King Max I Joseph.

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Jahresbericht 2017, Cover | © BSB

Titled "preserve – collect – discover", the regularly published annual report of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek gives an up-to-date picture of the institution. If you would like to learn more about the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, its key figures, highlights and organisation structures, you can now also retrieve the current annual report for 2017 online.

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Die Abbildung zeigt Herzog Albrecht V. (1528 – 1579), porträtiert von Hans Muelich (1515 – 1573) | © BSB/Bildarchiv

The foundation of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek was laid 460 years ago with the important scholar's library of the Austrian chancellor Johann Albrecht Widmannstetter. It was already in the spring of 1558 that Duke Albrecht V of Bavaria bought the personal estate of Widmannstetter for confessional-political reasons. Widmannstetter's collection included not only a thousand manuscripts and printed works in the Latin, Greek, Hebrew and some oriental languages, but also important contemporary documents.

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Isidorus Hispalensis, Ethymologiae, entstanden in Westfrankreich um 1130/35. Blatt 154v: Weltkarte mit dem Roten Meer | © BSB/Clm 10058

On 12 July 2018, a further project for in-depth cataloguing by the Manuscript Center was approved: "Medieval manuscripts: Cataloguing the illuminated manuscripts of French provenance at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Munich. Project part 2: Manuscripts of the 15th and early 16th century". With a project term of three years, the in-depth cataloguing of the illuminated manuscripts of non-German provenance thus can be concluded.

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Weltchronik des Rudolf von Ems. Bistum Passau, um 1300 | © BSB/Cgm 6406

The volume continues the scholarly in-depth cataloguing of the medieval manuscripts in the German language held by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. The 114 codices described here were selected from the holdings with the call number group Cgm 5255 to Cgm 7000. The Old High German fragments collected under Cgm 5248 were included as well.

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Aristoteles | © BSB/M. Müller

The international specialised bibliography on research on Aristotle offers over 50,000 relevant literature entries. It contains monographs, articles from journals and omnibus works, dissertations and reviews in European languages.

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Ludwig von Herterich, Porträt aus den 1920er Jahren | © BSB/Nachlass Ludwig von Herterich, Referat Nachlässe und Autographen

The Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books, Division Personal Papers and Autographs, has acquired part of the personal papers of the Munich painter and academy professor Ludwig von Herterich (1856 – 1932).

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Der Tod der Lucretia, dargestellt in einer großen Halle | © BSB/Cgm 9559

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has recently acquired an album and armorial containing twelve rare gouache works of the Munich Renaissance painter Bartholomäus Reiter (1570 – 1622). Created between 1568 and 1621, the manuscript is the first testament to the master painter forming part of the collections of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. Apparently, it is also the first manuscript evidently created by his hand to be found worldwide.

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RISM Katalog, neue Startseite | © RISM/BSB

RISM and the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek announce the launch of a new version of the RISM online catalogue. This version represents the first phase of a development project which will be expanded by further, new functions in course of the coming months. Today's publication is a first step leading towards a complete renewal of the RISM online catalogue. Many – albeit not yet all – ideas and suggestions of our users have been taken into account.

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© BSB/Cod.icon. 133

Users can search ten new data sources in the research portal "European History" as of now. The latest addition is a subject-specific data collection on northern European history contributed by the University Library of Kiel. A total of 26 data sources are now accessible via the research portal, which can be searched comprehensively for research literature.

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ARTOS, Logo | © BSB/osmikon

A new database is available as of now for searching specialist literature on east, eastern-central and south-eastern Europe. ARTOS includes articles and reviews from currently around 400 specialist journals and selected omnibus works from the broad spectrum of humanities and social-scientific research about east and south-eastern Europe.

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© BSB/Clm 6276

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek expands its services: As of now, it is possible to use the OPACplus to directly order the library's rich holdings of manuscripts, incunabula and early printed books for consultation in the Reading Room for Manuscripts and Rare Books.

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Bildelement des Plakats zur Kabinettpräsentation „(K)eine vergessene Münchnerin: Die Pianistin Sofie Menter und Franz Liszt“ | © BSB/Bildarchiv

Cabinet presentation in the series "Musical treasures"
2 July – 21 September 2018
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the death of the pianist Sofie Menter (1846 – 1918) almost fallen into oblivion today, the Music Department of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek presents a cabinet presentation which focuses on the relationship between Sofie Menter and Franz Liszt.

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Das Geburtshaus vom Müllner Peter in Sachrang | © BSB/Bildarchiv

bavarikon highly appreciates welcoming a new partner, the Müllner Peter Museum in Sachrang! The collection of Peter Huber from Sachrang (1766 – 1843), also called "Müllner Peter" in accordance with the name of his family's farm, encompasses over 300 manuscripts and printed works. Largely, these are works of Church and sacred music, which are preserved at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the Müllner Peter Museum.

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© blickpixel, pixabay #453758, CC0

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek takes part in the current discussion among historians about setting up a national research data infrastructure. The BSB welcomes the impulses coming from the Council for Information Infrastructures (Rat für Informationsinfrastrukturen, RfII), calling for the establishment of a distributed, networked research data infrastructure (NFDI) in its second paper of March 2018 among other things, and, in the sense formulated by the RfII, understands "cooperation as an opportunity".

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osmikon, Logo | © BSB/osmikon

A new research portal on east, eastern-central and south-eastern Europe has been launched on 20 June 2018! osmikon pools the services for interdisciplinary research on eastern and south-eastern Europe.

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Schulungen | © BSB

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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Bibliotheksmagazin 2/18

A first glimpse of this year's big exhibition of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek "Gott, die Welt und Bayern" (God, the world and Bavaria), a unique collection of German Jugendstil book bindings or a portrait of the Munich pianist Sofie Menter: Find out more about these and further interesting topics in the new issue 2/18 of the journal Bibliotheksmagazin.

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Bibliotheksforum Bayern, Coverausschnitt | © BSB/Bibliotheksforum Bayern

The current issue of the professional journal "Bibliotheksforum Bayern" again presents the large diversity of the services offered by public and academic libraries: from safeguarding the written cultural heritage to providing materials in digital form, offering services to scholars, researchers, educators and students, as well as promoting children's and adolescents' reading skills and enthusiasm for reading.

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Die Amazonen. Szenenbild zu Marie Haushofers Schauspiel „Zwölf Culturbilder aus dem Leben der Frau“, entstanden im berühmten Fotostudio Atelier Elvira in München | © Stadtarchiv München

Authors on the Fraueninsel, female writers in Munich's Maxvorstadt quarter, the struggle for modernity in the civil women's movement – the Literaturportal Bayern presents new excursions and topics on interesting historical and regional aspects of Bavarian literature.

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© pkstock – Adobe Stock #77346862

Users of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek can now use e-payment (PayPal, MasterCard, Visa) for settling outstanding fees (for reservations or reminders, for example). The new twenty-four-seven service offers our users the option to balance their user accounts in the OPACplus speedily and easily at any desired time and to thus unlock the BSB's associated services again.

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Plakat zur virtuellen Ausstellung | © Neue Pinakothek/bavarikon

In May 1818 Max I Joseph decreed a new constitution for the Kingdom of Bavaria. He thus made Bavaria not only one of the most modern constitutional states, but laid the foundation for a stable legal system which remained in place for a hundred years. The great importance of this step is also illustrated by a symbolic act: The Bavarian kings henceforth swore an oath of allegiance to the constitution when they acceded to the throne. On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the constitution, bavarikon presents a virtual exhibition on this milestone.

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© mucft – Adobe Stock #50518449

In the database of the "Bayerische Bibliographie" over 800,000 monographs, journals and articles have been registered now, all of which are related to Bavaria. The database contains electronic publications in parallel to long-term archived websites (so-called web archives) on topics about Bavaria. The Bavarian Bibliography thus constitutes the largest German regional bibliography.

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Wasserzeichen in einer Lautentabulatur aus dem 16. Jahrhundert | © BSB/Sammlung Herwart, D-Mbs Mus.ms. 266

The music collections of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek cover a broad spectrum of handwritten sources which go back as far as to the late Middle Ages. In a project supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the watermarks of the oldest stratum of music manuscripts are digitized using thermographic technology and made available free of charge via the digital collections of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

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