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Start of the text of Gregory of Nyssa’s treatise "De anima" in a manuscript of the 16th century (Cod.graec. 291 in the holdings of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek) | © BSB/ Cod. graec. 291

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the University Library of Tübingen provide Germany-wide access to a special database on Gregory of Nyssa with full texts of the church father in the Greek language as well as a lexicon of authors within the scope of the Specialised Information Service for Classical Studies – Propylaeum and Theology managed by the two institutions and with the support of the German Research Foundation.

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Zeitgeschichte Open | © BSB/ W. Herr, B. Kroll

The Center for Electronic Publishing (ZEP) of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has activated a document server on contemporary history – for the time being in a beta version – in cooperation with the Institute for Contemporary History Munich – Berlin (IfZ). Many publications of the IfZ are accessible here in the open-access format as of now.

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Secret Files from World Wars to Cold War | © Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group

Since July 2019, researchers have been enabled obtain access to the extensive source database "Secret Files from World Wars to Cold War" following individual registration with the Specialised Information Service for Historical Studies.

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[From left to right] Dr. Gudrun Wirtz (BSB), Dr. Claudia Fabian (BSB), Martin Roos (former Bishop of the Roman-Catholic diocese Timișoara), Dr. Wolfgang-Valentin Ikas (BSB) | © BSB/ S. Gottstein

The former bishop of the Roman-Catholic diocese of Timișoara (Romania), Martin Roos, visited the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in July. On this occasion, he presented the library with a facsimile of a unique manuscript of Saint Gerard of Csanád safeguarded by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Clm 6211).

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Bernd Sibler, Bavarian State Minister of Sciences, Research and the Arts, MdL, Dr. Astrid Pellengahr, State Agency for Non-state Museums in Bavaria, Dr. Klaus Ceynowa, BSB, [from right to left] at the presentation | © BSB/ S. Gottstein

Since 8 July 2019, the pilot project of a digital publication format developed at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has been accessible online. It serves to complement the book "Das erweiterte Museum. Medien, Technologien und Internet" ("The extended museum. Media, technologies and the Internet"), in the form of a "dynamic project portal", offering in-depth information and best-practice examples enriched by multimedia tools.

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East European, Oriental and Asian Reading Room | © BSB/ H.-R. Schulz

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has concluded the renovation of its East European, Oriental and Asian Reading Room. The reading room now offers around 50 modern, barrier-free workplaces with high-performance WLAN and a comfortable reading corner. The reconstruction also involves a new concept of use. The East European, Oriental and Asian Reading Room is opened to the public again on 15 July.

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[From left to right:] Dr. Gudrun Wirtz (Head of the Department of Eastern Europe), Dr. Klaus Ceynowa (Director General), Dr. Mindaugas Kvietkauskas (Minister of Culture of Lithuania), Dorothea Sommer (Deputy Director General) | © BSB/ S. Gottstein

The Minister of Culture of Lithuania, Dr. Mindaugas Kvietkauskas, recently visited the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek together with a delegation, finding out about the library’s collections, current developments and projects.

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Recent acquisitions  | © BSB/ H.-R. Schulz

The services for recent acquisitions of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek have been technically and functionally modernized as of 1 July 2019. For the subject areas of historical and classical studies, music and Eastern Europe, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek now offers three new services on topical books and other new acquisitions forming part of its collections.

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Jürgen Diet | © Photo Studio Sauter

Jürgen Diet, the deputy head of the Department of Music of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, has been elected as one of the IAML Vice Presidents. IAML stands for "International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres" and is an international association of around 1,500 music libraries in 49 countries.

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Die Biene: A family magazine for entertainment and literature (1876) | © BSB

As of now, 16 new and 183 complemented newspaper publishers with 1.2 million pages are available in digiPress, the newspaper portal of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. The portal for historical newspapers comprises over 7.8 million digitized pages by now.

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Group image of the executive board of the Bavarian Library Association (BBV) | © OTH Amberg-Weiden

The current issue of the journal Bibliotheksforum Bayern contains, among other things, an introduction of the new members of the executive board of the Bavarian Library Association (BBV) and their goals and aspirations.

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Wessobrunn prayer (sheet 65v) | © BSB/ Clm 22053

From the Wessobrunn prayer to Lorenz von Westenrieder – the new virtual exhibition in bavarikon offers an overview of the most important and most interesting monuments of literature and language held by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek as part of its collection of Bavarica. Look forward to documents bearing testimony to the early Middle Ages, works of the early modern age, spiritual and courtly literature and much more.

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Materials on personnel at Mezhrabpom-fil′m, Gosvoenkino, Sovkino and others. Correspondence, performance reviews, information from personnel files, lists. p. 41 | © Brill

The Specialised Information Service (FID) for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies has acquired a license for free-of-charge, Germany-wide access to the digital source collection "Soviet Cinema Online. Archival Documents from RGALI, 1923 – 1935" with the support of the German Research Foundation. The database contains digitized archive materials from the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art (RGALI) on the formative phase of the Soviet film industry in the years from 1923 to 1935.

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Blog "Kunst zwischen Deckeln" | © BSB/ Lilian Landes

Artists' books are primarily works of art. The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek holds one of the most important collections of international artists' books and, with the foundation of a common blog, creates an international communication tool for collecting institutions, researchers, students and private collectors.

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© Gnomon Bibliographic Database

With over 600,000 entries, the Gnomon Bibliographic Database is one of the most comprehensive and most renowned database systems for specialist literature from the overall field of classical studies, including the subject-specific history of scholarship and science. The new search interface of the database was launched online on 6 May 2019.

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Surveyor at the measuring table and bird’s eye view of the landscape. Xylograph of Paul Pfinzing, around 1598 | © BSB/ Image Archive

8 April – 15 November 2019
Cabinet presentation of the map collection
The Pfinzing atlas, created by the Nuremberg trader, mathematician and cartographer Paul Pfinzing (1554 – 1599), forms part of the most important works of cartography produced in Nuremberg in the 16th century. It contains hand-drawn and hand-coloured maps of the imperial city of Nuremberg and its territory, as well as various territorial representations from the private environment of the Pfinzing family.

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D-Bhm, RH 0268, Engelbert Humperdinck – Die Fischerin (title page) | © Berlin University of the Arts, University Library

A sensational find has taken place at the time of the 165th anniversary of the composer Engelbert Humperdinck (01/09/1854 – 27/09/1921). In the course of cataloguing works within the scope of the academy project "Répertoire Internationale des Sources Musicales (RISM)" domiciled at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, an autograph of Engelbert Humperdinck was rediscovered among the collection of rare materials of the Berlin University of the Arts: the dramatic cantata for three solo parts and orchestra "Die Fischerin" based on a text by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

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Carnival in Bamberg on the eve of the March revolution of 1848. Coloured lithography on paper (sheet 7, detail). Bamberg: Johann Baptist Lachmüller, 1837 | © BSB – Bamberg State Library, MvO.Bamb.f.15

15 April 2019 – 7 July 2019
Starting in the treasure vaults of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek on 15 April, the third part of the exhibition "God, the world and Bavaria" tells about "war and peace, joy and sorrow". The exhibits are from the collections of the ten regional State Libraries of Bavaria, including a filigree silver binding crafted by a goldsmith from Augsburg, a caricature by E. T. A. Hofmann from his time in Bamberg, a handwritten letter by Bertolt Brecht to his childhood sweetheart, as well as a little wartime cookbook from Regensburg of 1915.

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Logbook of Sir Francis Drake’s last journey (1595/ 96) with transcription readably displayed in the image | © BSB/ Cod.angl. 2

Using the English-language manuscript Cod.angl. 2 as an example, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek demonstrates the innovative features of the technology of the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF, pronounced as "triple I F") in a pilot project: In the digitized image, the text of the handwritten logbook entries from the 16th century is laid over the image accurately, and can thus be read line by line in modern script (transcript).

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© naftizin – fotolia.com

The Joint Committee of the German Research Foundation (DFG) has decided on the funding of a national consortium with Cambridge University Press on 29 March 2019. This means that all German scholars affiliated with an institution that adopts the license can publish materials in the open access format in journals of the publishing house. The contract was negotiated by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, which will also organise the implementation of the contract.

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Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History (image from the information flyer on the database) | © Adam Matthew Digital

In cooperation with the University Library of Constance, the Specialised Information Service for Historical Studies offers the two databases "Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice" and "Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History" of the provider Adam Matthew Digital to everybody interested as of now.

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Title sheet of the first volume of the novel "Die unsichtbare Loge" (1793) by Jean Paul | © BSB/ Res/P.o.germ. 1163-1

Scholarship, regional poetry and a literary search for traces – the Literaturportal Bayern again presents new contents in its thematic module on interesting historical and biographical aspects of Bavarian literature.

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Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports, 1941 – 1996 | © Readex

Test access up to 31 May 2019
The Specialised Information Services for Historical Studies and for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek take part in the test access of the Berlin State Library (Specialised Information Service Asia) to the database "Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports, 1941 – 1996".

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LMUcard | © Central University Administration of the LMU Munich

Students and employees of the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich receive their library reader pass in connection with the LMUcard in the future. Reader passes issued by the University Library which have been valid so far are planned to be exchanged accordingly up to the end of September 2019.

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Cambridge Core | © Cambridge University Press

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek offers access to the e-books of the Full Collection of Cambridge University Press including over 37.000 titles for a further year, up to the end of January 2020. With respect to subject fields, around two thirds of the titles belong to the field of humanities and social sciences, and around one third belongs to the field of science, technology and medicine.

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© ArchMen – fotolia.com

The publishing house Peter Lang specialises in literature focused on humanities and social sciences. Around 6,900 e-books in the German language have been made accessible for registered library users within the scope of the license held by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek a short while ago.

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

“The first issue of the Bibliotheksforum Bayern in 2019 shows in an incredible density the impressive depth and width of the presence of all our library types, which, despite the great diversity of their target groups and missions, have one common trait: Finding answers to the urgent questions of our increasingly digital, complex and heterogeneous world.”

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Title page of the Soviet satirical periodical Krokodil, issue no. 1 of the year 1960 | © East View Information Services

The Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies has acquired a license for free-of-charge access to the “Krokodil Digital Archive” containing the digital copies of all issues of Krokodil. "Krokodil" was a Soviet satirical periodical that was published from 1922 to 2008 and poked fun at topics such as religion, alcoholism, the Soviet bureaucracy or the politics and society in the “West” in its caricatures and satirical texts.

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Cover of the Biblij Cžeská of Melantrich z Aventina, Jirí, d. 1511 – 1580 and Netolické, Bartolomej, d. 1552, printed in Prague in 1549 | © Brill

Within the scope of the Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies, the digital collection "Slavonic Bibles Online" has recently been made accessible free of charge Germany-wide and at German institutes abroad. The digital collection comprises a total of 100 works in various Slavic languages, in particular in Church-Slavonic, which were produced in around 30 Eastern-European locations, but also in Berlin or Venice.

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© vege – fotolia.com

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has successfully submitted three requests for the continuation of the funding line "Fachinformationsdienste für die Wissenschaft" ("Specialised Information Services for Research and Scholarship") by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The library receives funds in the amount of EUR 7.4 million for the years 2019 to 2021. They will serve for the further expansion of the Specialised Information Services for Classical Studies, Historical Studies and Russian, East and Southeast European Studies.

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