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The project "NatHosting II" supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG) provides a Germany-wide, coordinated solution for ensuring permanent and undisturbed access to licensed digital publications – independently of publishers' platforms.

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Mosaik: Kaiser Justinian und Bischof Maximian mit Gefolge, San Vitale (Ravenna) | Lizenz CC BY-SA 2.0, Carole Radato, Quelle: https://www.flickr.com/photos/carolemage/24076831650/

Constituting the single existing specialist bibliography for all disciplines of Byzantine studies, the Byzantine bibliography is an indispensable and unrivalled tool for all Byzantinists, historians, medievalists, theologians and Greek scholars. The data stock has now been made accessible online as well for the first time.

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The cultural portal bavarikon was launched on 16 April 2013. A lot has happened in the meantime: While ten institutions contributed to the portal at the outset, bavarikon now features exhibits from around 60 archives, libraries and museums throughout Bavaria – all of them in the highest possible digital quality.

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Cäcilie von Rodt im Palastviertel von Bangkok | © BSB/Bildarchiv

9 April – 29 June 2018
Cabinet presentation of the map collection
The Swiss Cäcilie von Rodt (1855 – 1929), who descended from a patrician family from Bern, sold her parents' estate after their death. Inspired by the adventure stories of her youth – written by authors such as James F. Cooper and Jules Verne – she started travelling henceforth. After a number of first tours in the Mediterranean, she went on her first journey around the world on her own in May 1901, circling the globe once completely from east to west.

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The new central portal for the services of the Specialised Information Service for Historical Studies has been launched: beta.historicum.net. The portal offers access to digital services for historians. Among these are research tools, licenses usable on a supra-regional level, the Deutsche Historische Bibliografie and various subject-related portals, such as one on the history of technology.

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[Von links:] Dr. Stephan Kellner, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, und Professor Dr. Rudolf Cohen | © BSB/T. Dimitriadis

This week, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek restituted a book to Professor Rudolf Cohen, thus continuing its endeavours started in 2003 to return books which had been acquired illegally during the time of the Nazi regime to their owners.

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Bibliotheksforum Bayern, Coverausschnitt | © BSB/Bibliotheksforum Bayern

The journal Bibliotheksforum Bayern (BFB) contains specialised articles and news informing about all areas of public and academic librarianship in Bavaria. One article in the current issue is dedicated to the Monacensia library in the Hildebrand House: "After a fundamental restoration in line with the regulations for historical monuments, the former artist's villa now presents itself as a modern and appealing place of literature."

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Abbildung aus: Kollektar: „Orationale von St. Erentrud“ (13. Jahrhundert) | © BSB/Clm 15902

A further 37 outstanding works of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek have been made available in the World Digital Library (WDL) a short time ago. Thus, currently a total of 226 prime items held by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek are shown in the World Digital Library.

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Bibliotheksmagazin 1/18

The "Bibliotheksmagazin" is published three times per year to report about the collections, activities and services of the state libraries in Berlin and Munich. The journal Bibliotheksmagazin is now also featured in the current issue 03.18 of the graphic-design trade journal novum – world of graphic design. Titled "Tradition trifft Moderne" (tradition meets modernity), the journal introduces the Bibliotheksmagazin as part of its series "Lieblinge" (favourites).

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Der Kasperle im Frack (1847) | © BSB

The newspaper portal digiPress continues growing: Today, more than 100 further historical newspapers have been incorporated in digiPress. The content range is very broad: from "De Platt-Dütsche" ("The Low-German", 1772) over the "Erlanger Real-Zeitung" (1813 – 1821) up to the humorous-satirical newspaper "Der Kasperle im Frack" ("Punch in a tailcoat", 1847).

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Titelcover (Bildausschnitt) aus: Vastehst me – Bairische Gedichte aus 40 Jahren. Viechtach, 2014 | © Edition Lichtung

Passion plays in the Upper Palatinate, poetry in the Bavarian dialect, the flight and exile of Bavarian authors between 1933 and 1945 – the Literature Portal Bavaria presents a range of new topics about interesting historical and regional aspects of Bavarian literature.

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Bildschirmfoto aus der „Collection of photographs from Maidan Nezalezhnosti“, Seite 25, https://dlib.eastview.com/browse/staticcollection/64807?i=109 | © East View Information Services

The collection spanning a total of four databases has been licensed for Germany-wide use within the framework of the Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies with the support of the German Research Foundation (DFG). Access to "Social Movements, Elections and Ephemera Databases: Ukraine" and the digital copies of materials on nation-wide elections and protests in Ukraine in the period between 2012 and 2014 now enables political scientists, contemporary historians, sociologists and anthropologists in particular to research the recent events in Ukraine on the basis of materials which are scarcely available otherwise.

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French and British Wounded at Le Mans, 1 October 1914. Available through: Adam Matthew, Marlborough, The First World War, http://www.firstworldwar.amdigital.co.uk/Documents/Details/MG_26_2299 | © Adam Matthew Digital/Mirrorpix

The portal "The First World War" contains a large number of primary sources on the First World War, such as photographs, letters, flyers, caricatures and much more. It is complemented by a number of further services, such as time lines, interactive map materials, case studies, etc. These allow placing the digitized sources into a broader context.

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© BSB/Mapp. I,5 ua

According to most recent findings, the Bavarian State Library’s broadside of globe gores by Martin Waldseemüller (BSB call number Mapp. I,5 ua) is not an authentic print but a copy, probably produced before 1960, of the document in possession of the University of Minnesota. This is the conclusion based on the results of a thorough materials science examination conducted by the Bavarian State Library’s Institute for Conservation and Restoration. The print, thus far dated from the year 1507, is one of only six known copies. The Waldseemüller map is famous for being the first to use the name "America".

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Historians and everybody interested in regional history can use the research platform "recensio.regio – Review Platform for Regional History" as of now. The portal offers access to reviews of regional-historical specialist journals, constituting a primary point of access for information on recent publications about regional history in the German language. The reviews of the cooperating journals are available to the users in full-text search mode. The platform can be accessed freely and free of charge.

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© De Agostini Editorie/W. Buss/Universal Images Group [Photograph]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. http://quest.eb.com/search/126_491711/1/126_491711/cite

The e-book collection includes over 2,000 titles on Islamic law, Islam studies and Islamic theology, predominantly in Arabic and partly also in English. Most of them are publications of the last decade. The books were already published in print, but only a small part of them has been available in Germany.

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In the "Digital East Asia Collections", the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek presents digitized Chinese, Japanese and Korean manuscripts and printed works from its extensive holdings stemming from East Asia. The digital copies have been prepared in a digitization project supported by the German Research Foundation and in cooperation with Google. The web portal was relaunched on 1 February 2018.

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Nachgelassene Dokumente, u. a. Originalmanuskript von „Screenshot von hinten durch die Brust ins Auge“ | © Literaturportal Bayern

Having cooperated productively already for a long time, the Literature Portal Bavaria and the Literaturhaus Munich have now become cooperation partners also officially. The goal of the cooperation is primarily the exchange of information and contents for mutual use and broader public awareness, as well as to sound out where conceptual intersections and common areas of emphasis exist, calling for commonly organised events.

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Präsentation neuer Inhalte in bavarikon am 22. Januar 2018 in Amberg | © Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Bildung und Kultus, Wissenschaft und Kunst

On the occasion of the presentation of new contents of bavarikon in Amberg this week, State Secretary of Science and the Arts Bernd Sibler referred to the digital platform on the art, culture and regional studies of Bavaria as a "treasure trove of Bavarian history and culture". "This treasure trove is of inestimable value to the public, since it can be opened free of charge, independently of time and location and using diverse channels."

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Miniatur zu Frühlingsliedern aus den Carmina Burana (vermutlich Kärnten um 1230) | © BSB/Clm 4660, Blatt 64v

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB) takes part in a project supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for developing a national web portal for book manuscripts of the Middle Ages and the modern era held by German cultural institutions.

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The Times Digital Archive is an unrivalled service for exploring the content of the most widely known and most frequently quoted daily of all – online and within the context of the respectively chosen original issue.

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Aristoteles | © BSB/M. Müller

Discover dozens of specialist journals, series and conference proceedings from the fields of philosophy, religious studies and classical philology. Explore these unique collections of materials, part of which go back to the year 1890. All articles are full-text searchable.

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At the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB) and the Saxon State and University Library Dresden (SLUB) services for the expert community of musicologists have been developed within the scope of the project "Specialised Information Service for Musicology" (Fachinformationsdienst, FID) supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Since January 2018, these services have been pooled together under the new trademark "Musiconn – Für vernetzte Musikwissenschaft" (Musiconn – Network for Musicology).

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Bibliotheksverbund Bayern (BVB) und der Kooperative Bibliotheksverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (KOBV)

The Bavarian Library Network (BVB) and the Cooperative Library Network of Berlin-Brandenburg (KOBV) look back on ten years of partnership between their institutions. At the end of December 2007, the partners founded their strategic alliance with the objective of expanding the service scope in their respective associations and making use of synergy effects.

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Staatssekretär Bernd Sibler überreicht Professor Dr. Bernhard Schemmel die Verleihungsurkunde | © Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Bildung und Kultus, Wissenschaft und Kunst

The former Director of the State Library of Bamberg, Professor Dr. Bernhard Schemmel, has been awarded the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for his outstanding services. On 18 December 2017, Bernd Sibler, State Secretary in the Bavarian Ministry of Education and Culture, Science and the Arts, awarded the great distinction to Bernhard Schemmel in Munich.

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Handschriftliches Manuskript der Autobiographie „Herbstmilch“ | © BSB

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek receives the personal papers of Anna Wimschneider (1919 – 1993) as a donation from the community of heirs, i.a. the handwritten manuscript of her autobiographic novel "Herbstmilch" ("Autumn Milk").

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Allgemeiner Lesesaal | © BSB/H.-R. Schulz

Since the beginning of October 2017, all media that are provided in the collection area of the General Reading Room following your orders have already been booked as loans for consultation in the reading room. You can start working with these media immediately.

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Q3-Absolventen November 2017 | © BSB/ N. Werr

Twelve female and one male graduate of the field of specialisation librarianship have received their diplomas after three years of study at the Hochschule für den öffentlichen Dienst in Bayern (University of Public Service in Bavaria) and various Bavarian training libraries.

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Bildmotiv des Plakats zur Kabinettpräsentation | © BSB

23 November 2017 – 28 March 2018
Cabinet presentation in the series "Musical treasures"
It is owed to the Bavarian dukes' enthusiasm for collecting that the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek currently preserves not only the monumental Renaissance choir books, but in addition around 70 further music manuscripts of this epoch, in the form of tablatures and part books. Displaying specially produced reproductions, the cabinet presentation shows the musical abundance and complexity of these precious holdings.

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Bauarbeiten | © BSB

For the duration of the reconstruction measures on the ground floor and basement floor, the access routes to the Periodicals Reading Room, the cafeteria, to the lockers and toilets will be changed. A current floor plan can help you find your way around during this time.

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