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Biology E-Books Online | © Brill

Provided via the Specialised Information Service Biodiversity Research with the support of the German Research Foundation, the collection includes e-books on the focal subjects of botany, oncology, entomology, nematology, perception and behaviour and zoology in general.

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Signing of the cooperation agreement on the newly created Bavarian Library Award| © StMWK/Peter Richter

Cooperation between the Ministry of the Arts and the Bavarian Library Association – Minister of the Arts Sibler: "Contribution to a modern and innovative library landscape in the Free State". On 21 October 2020, Minister of the Arts Bernd Sibler and the Chairman of the Bavarian Library Association (BBV), Dr. Gerhard Hopp, MdL, signed a cooperation agreement with respect to the newly created Bavarian Library Award, which will be awarded for the first time in 2021. All public libraries governed by municipal and church bodies can apply for the competition.

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Voennaja Mysl' – Title page of the issue of December 2017 | © East View Information Services

The journal "Voennaja Mysl'" has been published under the auspices of the Ministry of Defence since its first issue. The Chiefs of Staff are directly responsible for creating the journal. With the start of the Cold War, access to the journal became limited to generals, admirals and other high-ranking officers. For the broad public, as well as researchers from the western world, the journal became available again only after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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Bibliotheksmagazin 3/20

The "Bibliotheksmagazin" is published three times per year to report about the collections, activities and services of the state libraries in Berlin and Munich. In addition to three printed issues per year, the Bibliotheksmagazin is also published online.

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© Stillfx – fotolia.com

As of 5 October 2020, the book collection and book return, the registration and the information services on the ground floor will be open up to 19:00 again. We are pleased that we can take a further step towards fulfilling your demands with this service enhancement.

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Willy Brandt shaving (1969) | © BSB/STERN Photo Archive/Jay Ullal

In a feature highly worth seeing, the NDR TV channel reports about the Image Archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek which will now take over the life’s work of the Flensburg photo journalist Dirk Hentschel.

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Bibliotheksforum Bayern, cover of the current issue | © BSB/Bibliotheksforum Bayern

The current issue 3/2020 of the journal Bibliotheksforum Bayern presents itself in an attractive new layout. Also available online – come and have a look! From the "library as a place of learning" to the "bee library" or the "open library", there are many exciting specialist articles and news about public and academic librarianship in Bavaria and in Germany.

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African American Newspapers | © Readex

The database "African American Newspapers" provides access to over 350 US newspapers and thereby unique records from the African-American history, culture and everyday life over one and a half centuries, from 1827 to 1998. Accordingly, it also constitutes source material for disciplines such as studies of culture, literature, social history, ethnology and others.

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© PantherMedia/duskbabe (YAYMicro)

With the article and review database ARTOS, the portal osmikon has been providing for a short time now a further search tool for interdisciplinary search on Eastern and South-Eastern Europe in the field of humanities. Initially accessible only via osmikon/osmikonSEARCH as one of the data sources, ARTOS has now received its own search interface and additionally provides an attractive subscription service.

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Literaturportal Bayern on Instagram | © BSB/Literaturportal Bayern

The Literaturportal Bayern, an online platform for literature hosted by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, has given the interested public an understanding of the literature country Bavaria for seven years now. We are opening up also for a younger target group now by processing articles of the literature portal dynamically for Instagram.

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Prof. Dr. Christian Laforsch, University of Bayreuth | Video on YouTube

In order to keep the public informed about interesting topics and findings from research also in a time without events on site, the German Research Foundation and the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek have taken to presenting events in the virtual space. We are starting with the exkurs papers by Prof. Dr. Christian Laforsch and Prof. Dr. Susanne Crewell.

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Novoe Russkoe Slovo Digital Archive. Title page of the issue of 11 December 1930 | © East View Information Services

The Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies has acquired the digital archive of the "Novoe Russkoe Slovo" – the most important printed medium of Russian emigrants in the USA – with the support of the German Research Foundation. The archive comprises around 260,000 PDF pages which can be searched in full-text mode.

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Moscow News Digital Archive | © East View Information Services

Recently, access has been enabled for researchers in Germany and at German institutes abroad to the digitized archive of the weekly journal "Moscow News" (1930 – 2014) and its short-lived sister publication "Moscow Daily News" (1932 – 1938). The source collection has been licensed by the Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies with the support of the German Research Foundation.

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Annual report 2019, cover | © BSB/ Image Archive

In its annual report, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek regularly reports about 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.

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Prayer book of Maximilian I with drawings by Albrecht Dürer. 1513 | © BSB/2 L.impr.membr. 64

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB) preserves an extensive collection of most valuable manuscripts and printed works. A selection of 400 important works, which form part of the unique written cultural heritage of Bavaria, has now been made available online at the cultural portal bavarikon. The access to the cultural treasures has been designed to be particularly user-friendly for laypersons, giving an insight into the collection without requiring any prior knowledge. A large part of the manuscripts and printed books in addition has extensive descriptions in German and in English.

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© HVB Stiftung Geldscheinsammlung/ bavarikon

The new virtual exhibition at the cultural portal bavarikon illustrates how a piece of paper became one of the most important means of payment. Exhibits from five centuries give an introduction to the history of paper money. The exhibition informs about the function, production and design of paper money in the course of time.

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Das Blaue vom Himmel: Bayerns Literatur in Essays. Edited by Peter Czoik, Stephan Kellner and Fridolin Schley. München: Allitera Verlag, 2020 | © BSB/ P. Czoik

For seven years, the Literaturportal Bayern, a digital platform managed by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, has been tasking itself with making the literary life in Bavaria in all its diversity visible online in the form of essays, blog entries, encyclopaedic articles, excursions and event notifications. The texts now find their way out of the Internet and into print in the form of a volume of their own.

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Passion tract, Nuremberg 1521. Sheet 189r: Descent of Christ to the underworld with Dürer monogram on the top right. Text: Heinrich von St. Gallen. Miniatures/ illumination: Nikolaus Glockendon | © BSB/ Cgm 9600

The manuscript collection of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek records the addition of precious items: A total of three high-ranking German-language manuscripts of Bavarian origin could be acquired at the same time for the library from the antiquarian book trade. After conservatory treatment by the library’s own Institute of Conservation and Restoration and cataloguing, they are now being digitized and will be made available for academic research subsequently.

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© BSB

A recently acquired convolute of around 700 Tibetan manuscripts comes from Mongolia, which is influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. Against the background of the fact that Mongolia experienced a serious cultural setback during the time of communism up to 1990 and many monasteries, temples and Buddhist cultural goods were destroyed, the preservation of these manuscripts is noteworthy.

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Spoonbills from Heinrich Rudolf Schinz, Naturgeschichte und Abbildungen der Vögel, Leipzig 1856, image 112 | © Augsburg State and City Library/ 2 Nat 121

Some 88,000 copyright-free books from the collection of Augsburg State and City Library, dating from the 16th to the 19th century, can be found and consulted in full text worldwide, free of charge, and without any restrictions, via the library's online catalogue or WorldCat: Zoological works, travel reports, biographies, novels, scientific or medical prints, historical treatises, theological tomes, and much more.

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Photo stories on selected images of the exhibition | © BSB/ Image Archive

Use our photo stories to take a look at selected images of the exhibition "MUNICH. LOOK here!" and find out about some interesting facts and anecdotes.

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From the photo archive of Ernst Liesching | © BSB/ Image Archive/ bavarikon

bavarikon presents new photograph collections of two partners, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the Tucher'sche Kulturstiftung (Tucher Cultural Foundation). The portal on the arts, culture and regional studies of Bavaria thus now offers around 90,000 high-resolution images inviting you to go on a virtual exploration trip!

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Bohemian Forest – artist's book by the Czech artist Josef Váchal | © BSB/ H.-R. Schulz

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek complements its renowned collection by two very rare works of the Czech artist Josef Váchal (1884 – 1969): "Ďáblova zahrádka, aneb přírodopis strašidel" ("The devil's garden, or the natural history of spirits") of the year 1924 and "Šumava umírající a romantická" ("Bohemian Forest dying and romantical") of 1931. The two impressive, leather-bound folio volumes are illustrated with exquisite coloured wood engravings and rank among the absolute masterpieces of Czech modern art between the two world wars.

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Bibliotheksforum Bayern, detail of the cover | © BSB/ Bibliotheksforum Bayern

The Bibliotheksforum Bayern contains specialised articles and news informing about all areas of public and academic librarianship in Bavaria. A main focus of the current issue is on school libraries.

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Literaturportal Bayern, logo

Minister of the Arts Bernd Sibler: "Providing creators of literature with a forum to stay in contact with their audience and to honour their work." Read more in the press release by the Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences and the Arts of 11 June 2020.

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Bibliotheksmagazin 2/20

The current issue of the journal Bibliotheksmagazin surely holds something for everybody – articles about famous authors, rare printed works, new collections of musicians’ personal papers or inventive artists.

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Watermark motif from the poster of the cabinet presentation | © BSB

As of 2 June 2020
Cabinet presentation forming part of the series “Musical treasures”
In front of the Reading Room for Music/Maps/Images, the Department of Music shows a cabinet presentation on watermarks in music manuscripts of the 15th and 16th century. The presentation forms the completion point of a DFG-funded cataloguing and thermography project.

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Classification search for classical studies, studies of history, musicology and eastern and south-eastern Europe | © BSB/ Public Relations

The high-quality classificatory subject indexing can now also be used in the OPACplus for thematic searches for academic literature of the past two decades in the subject fields of classical studies, studies of history, musicology and eastern and south-eastern Europe. This constitutes a substantial enhancement of subject-related search possibilities.

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© Gnomon Bibliographische Datenbank

With over 630,000 entries, the "Gnomon Bibliographische Datenbank" is one of the most comprehensive and most renowned database systems for specialised literature from the overall field of classical studies, including the subject-specific history of scholarship and science. The migration of the database has now been concluded, a little more than one year after the online launch of the new search interface. Updated on a daily basis, Gnomon provides access to the recorded data which are also incorporated in PropylaeumSEARCH, the central search portal of the Specialised Information Service for Classical Studies.

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Bayerische Staatsbibliothek reopened successfully | © BSB/ H.-R. Schulz

In the course of the Bavaria-wide loosening of the measures taken due to the corona pandemic, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, which had to be closed completely on 17 March, has been re-opened and taken up its services again step by step. Since 25 May, the library has now been offering the majority of its services again.

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