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Poster of the virtual exhibition | © 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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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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Watermark in a lute tablature of the 16th century | © BSB/ Collection 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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Bavarian National Museum: Lute with inscription, ornaments and inlaid rosette | © Bavarian National Museum

The virtual exhibition shows a cross section of the holdings, offering an overview of the history, function and use of the tablatures. At the end of the tour, we present an additional video recording showing extracts of the workshop concert "To sing many a tune or to play the organ and the lute" – music from Renaissance manuscripts of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, and a film which was shot in the course of the preparations for the workshop concert.

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Wood carving on the title page of the 300,000th printed work: Funeral procession for Martha Maria Herold (1629) | License CC-BY-NC-SA, University Library Greifswald

Since 1996, libraries in Germany and Austria have been jointly compiling a catalogue of the German book production of the 17th century. And they still keep discovering "nova" – works which have not yet been entered in the "catalogue of printed works of the 17th century published in the German language area" and which continue increasing the number of different editions and titles.

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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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Mosaic: Emperor Justinian and Bishop Maximian with entourage, San Vitale (Ravenna) | License CC BY-SA 2.0, Carole Radato, source: 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 in the palace district of Bangkok | © BSB/ Image Archive

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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[From the left:] Dr. Stephan Kellner, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, and 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, detail of the cover | © 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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Image from: Collectary: "Orationale of St. Erentrud" (13th century) | © 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 (Punch in a tailcoat, 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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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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Screenshot of the "Collection of photographs from Maidan Nezalezhnosti", page 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 of 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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© BSB/ Cod.sin. 212

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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Personal documents, i.a. original manuscript of "Screenshot von hinten durch die Brust ins Auge" (Screenshots taking the most roundabout approach possible) | © 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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Presentation of new contents in bavarikon in Amberg on 22 January 2018 | © Bavarian State Ministry of Education and Culture, Science and the Arts

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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Miniature on spring songs from the Carmina Burana (presumably Carinthia, around 1230) | © BSB/ Clm 4660, sheet 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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Aristotle | © 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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Bavarian Library Network (BVB) and the Cooperative Library Network of 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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State Secretary Sibler presents the award certificate to Professor Dr. Bernhard Schemmel | © Bavarian Ministry of Education and Culture, Science and the Arts

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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