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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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Resistance: Man and woman in cellar listening to radio, by war artist Terence Cuneo | © The National Archives, INF 3/1787

Since the end of October, the Specialised Information Service (FID) for Historical Studies has offered access to the database "Conditions and Politics in Occupied Western Europe, 1940 – 1945", which forms part of the Archives Unbound Collection of Gale Cengage, to the Germany-wide expert community for a three-month trial period. So far, the database has been available only at two German libraries. A FID license will be negotiated in case of a sufficient frequency of use by researchers.

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The digital source collection 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. Access to "The Stalin Digital Archive" and the digital copies it contains of the fund 558 from the Russian State Archive for Socio-Political History (RGASPI), will make the research of Stalin and of the Soviet Union significantly easier for researchers in Germany in the future.

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BayernWLAN in der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek | © BSB/Öffentlichkeitsarbeit

No matter whether you are in one of the reading rooms, in the Fürstensaal or in the cafeteria: In almost all user areas of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, the Bavarian WLAN is now accessible for everybody – free of charge, open and unrestricted.

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bavarikon | © BSB/bavarikon

The culture portal bavarikon has launched a new newsletter: It gives a monthly overview of new contents and partner institutions and informs about everything worth knowing about bavarikon. The topic of the first issue is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

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Zeitschrift des Zentralkomitees der Kommunistischen Partei Sloweniens „Delo“, Nummer 2 vom Mai 1942 | © BSB

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek acquires an extensive collection of partisan prints, predominantly from the region of today's Slovenia. The library thus complements its holdings by adding first-class sources on the South-East European and German history during the Second World War.

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Bücher ins Netz – Digitalisierung eines Wappenbuchs | © BSB

On 6 March 2007 the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich, the then Bavarian Minister of Sciences Dr. Thomas Goppel and Google announced that the library was going to join Google's book search project. In cooperation with the Internet corporation, the copyright-free holdings of the library, focusing on works from the 17th to the end of the 19th century, were to be digitized – an important milestone in the digitization strategy of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

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The "Fachinformationsdienst Geschichtswissenschaft" (FID) offers researching historians Germany-wide access to various databases, e-books and e-journals.

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V. l. n. r.: Pater Erhard Staufer SDB (KRGB), Dr. Stephan Kellner (BSB), Dr. Sandra Krump (Erzbistum München und Freising), Dr. Peter Pfister (Archiv und Bibliothek des Erzbistums München und Freising) | © BSB/M. Jäger

On 27 September 2017, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB) handed back 67 titles formerly owned by the "Association of Catholic religious education teachers at the institutions of higher education in Bavaria" to its successor organisation, the "Association of Catholic religious education teachers at the grammar schools in Bavaria" (Verband der katholischen Religionslehrer und Religionslehrerinnen an den Gymnasien in Bayern e. V., KRGB).

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Karl-Preusker-Medaille | © Bibliothek & Information Deutschland

The umbrella organisation of the German library associations, Bibliothek & Information Deutschland (BID) e. V., awards the Karl Preusker Medal 2017 to the Executive Library Director Dr. Claudia Fabian, Head of the Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

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Wolfgang Sawallisch 1956 in München | © BSB/Bildarchiv

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has acquired the musical estate of the conductor and pianist Wolfgang Sawallisch (1923 – 2013). The personal papers include a large number of conductor's and pocket scores with handwritten entries by Sawallisch and sound recordings, in addition to music manuscripts of his own works.

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Entsäuerungsaktion der Handbibliothek Osteuropa | © BSB/S. Liebich

A large part of the reference library on Eastern Europe (Hbost) is currently being deacidificated and will consequently be unavailable for a period of presumably two months.

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Ausstellungsplakat | © BSB

From 20 September 2017 to 7 January 2018, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek presents the book as an autonomous work of art, forming the center of its exhibition "SHOWCASE – Artists' books from the collection of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek". The exhibition illustrates impressively the enormous differences between the artists' approaches to using the book as a form of expression. The works on display reach from the historical avant-gardes of the 20th century to conceptual artists' books of the 1960s and 1970s, and up to the present.

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The European Biographical Portal enables access to more than 160,000 scholarly biographies of persons from all social backgrounds and covers most of the periods from German, Austrian, Swiss, Slovenian, and South-East European history.

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Workshop within the framework of the Specialised Information Service for Historical Studies
25 – 26 October 2017
Our invitation addresses all interested scholars and librarians alike to participate, find out and discuss.

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Neuer Service: Scans von Mikrofilmen und Mikrofiches | © BSB

As of now, you can produce scans and printouts – also from microfiche and microfilm – yourself at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. A scanner for such materials is provided at the copy station in the General Reading Room.

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Jahresbericht 2016, Cover | © BSB

In its annual report, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek regularly documents the library's development in the preceding year, with images and texts that will – hopefully – catch your attention and pique your curiosity with regard to the offers and services of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. The current annual report for 2016 is also available online.

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Bände, die am 24. Juli 2017 an den „Dachverband Freier Weltanschauungsgemeinschaften e. V.“ restituiert werden | © BSB/ Öffentlichkeitsarbeit

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek returns 56 unlawfully acquired books from its holdings to two institutions and one individual, thus facing up to its responsibility.

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Since the beginning of July 2017, users can suggest book acquisitions for the areas of collection emphasis of classical studies, historical studies, musicology and Russian, east and south-east European studies. We appreciate receiving your requests and indications regarding gaps in our collections, web contents of scholarly relevance and research trends and will check whether we can incorporate them in our spectrum of media and services.

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