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A few days ago, musiconn.kontrovers has gone online, the new blog in the Specialised Information Service for Musicology. The blog is intended for discussing the core issues of the subject field in regular posts. We are looking forward to lively debate and your contributions!

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Image detail of the poster announcing the cabinet presentation | © BSB/ Image Archive

1 October – 16 November 2018
Cabinet presentation of the Image Archive
The building of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in the Ludwigstrasse was completed 175 years ago and thus inaugurated in 1843 – after a construction period of eleven years. King Ludwig I had commissioned the architect Friedrich von Gärtner with this project already shortly after his accession to power.

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© HVB Stiftung Geldscheinsammlung – HypoVereinsbank banknote collecting foundation

The September update has bavarikon vault over the quarter-million mark: Over 250,000 high-resolution digital copies and data sets have been made available online now. This demonstrates the success of the digitization campaign, which also involves smaller institutions in the Free State of Bavaria.

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Poster of the exhibition "God, the World and Bavaria" | © BSB

Titled "Gott, die Welt und Bayern", the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek presents one hundred highlights of the ten regional State Libraries of Bavaria in its treasure vaults from 17 October 2018 to 7 July 2019. Up to 13 January 2019, the first part of the tripartite exhibition series shows valuable medieval manuscripts and printed works up to the time of the Reformation, among them the famous World Chronicle of Hartmann Schedel or the so-called "Lorscher Arzneibuch", which forms part of the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.

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BayernWLAN in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek | © BSB/ Public Relations

In recent weeks, a number of problems unfortunately have occurred with respect to the provision of the BayernWLAN at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. We are sorry for these failures and limitations of service. For providing the BayernWLAN, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek uses the infrastructure of the network Münchner Wissenschaftsnetz, and is therefore not in a position to interfere with the network's operation or the repair of technical defects.

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Ⓒ ProQuest

The Specialised Information Services for Historical Studies and Anglo-American Culture have enabled access to the historical newspapers "The Guardian" (1821 – 2003) and "The Observer" (1791 – 2003), as well as "The New Statesman and Nation" (1913 – 2000) as of 19 September 2018.

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© German Historical Association

The biannual Historikertag is Europe's biggest congress in the field of humanities. In 2018, historicum.net is present even twice in the programme.

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Search in musiconn.scoresearch | © BSB

With musiconn.scoresearch you can search for melodies in the digitized complete editions of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek of Beethoven, Händel, Liszt and Schubert based on the output of an OMR program ("optical music recognition"). This application has been developed by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek within the project Specialised Information Service for Musicology (musiconn) and enables you to directly search in the music of these four famous composers.

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

A new, highly informative issue with very many different articles is waiting for you. An event series with State Minister Bernd Sibler, who is the chairman of the Bavarian Library Association at the same time, shows the important role of libraries in the life-long learning process of the population.

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100-sheet map of the Russian empire | © BSB/ Public Relations

A few weeks ago, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek received the so-called 100-sheet map of the Russian empire ("Stolistovaya") as a present from private ownership. Consisting of 107 sheets, the work published in Saint Petersburg from 1801 to 1804 constitutes the first multi-sheet, official map of Russia and accordingly a central source of Russian cartography in the 19th century.

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Inspection of the citizens' militia by Duke Max in Bavaria in the Ludwigstrasse, coloured lithography by Gustav Kraus of 1852 | © BSB/ Image Archive

In August, the Image Archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has uploaded a further 1,200 images to the online catalogue. Among them are numerous recent acquisitions, such as a coloured steel engraving of the French general Louis Alexandre Berthier (1753), who was married to a Bavarian princess and niece of King Max I Joseph.

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Annual report 2017, cover | © BSB

Titled "preserve – collect – discover", the regularly published annual report of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek gives an up-to-date picture of the institution. If you would like to learn more about the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, its key figures, highlights and organisation structures, you can now also retrieve the current annual report for 2017 online.

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The image shows Duke Albrecht V (1528 – 1579) in a portrait by Hans Muelich (1515 – 1573) | © BSB/ Image Archive

The foundation of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek was laid 460 years ago with the important scholar's library of the Austrian chancellor Johann Albrecht Widmannstetter. It was already in the spring of 1558 that Duke Albrecht V of Bavaria bought the personal estate of Widmannstetter for confessional-political reasons. Widmannstetter's collection included not only a thousand manuscripts and printed works in the Latin, Greek, Hebrew and some oriental languages, but also important contemporary documents.

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Isidorus Hispalensis, Ethymologiae, created in western France around 1130/ 35. Sheet 154v: Map of the world with the Red Sea | © BSB/ Clm 10058

On 12 July 2018, a further project for in-depth cataloguing by the Manuscript Center was approved: "Medieval manuscripts: Cataloguing the illuminated manuscripts of French provenance at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Munich. Project part 2: Manuscripts of the 15th and early 16th century". With a project term of three years, the in-depth cataloguing of the illuminated manuscripts of non-German provenance thus can be concluded.

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World chronicle of Rudolf von Ems. Bishopric of Passau, around 1300 | © BSB/ Cgm 6406

The volume continues the scholarly in-depth cataloguing of the medieval manuscripts in the German language held by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. The 114 codices described here were selected from the holdings with the call number group Cgm 5255 to Cgm 7000. The Old High German fragments collected under Cgm 5248 were included as well.

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Aristoteles | © BSB/ M. Müller

The international specialised bibliography on research on Aristotle offers over 50,000 relevant literature entries. It contains monographs, articles from journals and omnibus works, dissertations and reviews in European languages.

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The Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books, Division Personal Papers and Autographs, has acquired part of the personal papers of the Munich painter and academy professor Ludwig von Herterich (1856 – 1932).

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The death of Lucretia, set in a large hall | © BSB/ Cgm 9559

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has recently acquired an album and armorial containing twelve rare gouache works of the Munich Renaissance painter Bartholomäus Reiter (1570 – 1622). Created between 1568 and 1621, the manuscript is the first testament to the master painter forming part of the collections of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. Apparently, it is also the first manuscript evidently created by his hand to be found worldwide.

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RISM catalogue, new start page | © RISM/ BSB

RISM and the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek announce the launch of a new version of the RISM online catalogue. This version represents the first phase of a development project which will be expanded by further, new functions in course of the coming months. Today's publication is a first step leading towards a complete renewal of the RISM online catalogue. Many – albeit not yet all – ideas and suggestions of our users have been taken into account.

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© BSB/ Cod.icon. 133

Users can search ten new data sources in the research portal "European History" as of now. The latest addition is a subject-specific data collection on northern European history contributed by the University Library of Kiel. A total of 26 data sources are now accessible via the research portal, which can be searched comprehensively for research literature.

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ARTOS, logo | © BSB/ osmikon

A new database is available as of now for searching specialist literature on east, eastern-central and south-eastern Europe. ARTOS includes articles and reviews from currently around 400 specialist journals and selected omnibus works from the broad spectrum of humanities and social-scientific research about east and south-eastern Europe.

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© BSB/ Clm 6276

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek expands its services: As of now, it is possible to use the OPACplus to directly order the library's rich holdings of manuscripts, incunabula and early printed books for consultation in the Reading Room for Manuscripts and Rare Books.

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Image element of the poster on the cabinet presentation "A (not) forgotten Munich personality: The pianist Sofie Menter and Franz Liszt" | © BSB/ Image Archive

Cabinet presentation in the series "Musical treasures"
2 July – 21 September 2018
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the death of the pianist Sofie Menter (1846 – 1918) almost fallen into oblivion today, the Music Department of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek presents a cabinet presentation which focuses on the relationship between Sofie Menter and Franz Liszt.

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The birth place of Müllner Peter in Sachrang | © BSB/ Image Archive

bavarikon highly appreciates welcoming a new partner, the Müllner Peter Museum in Sachrang! The collection of Peter Huber from Sachrang (1766 – 1843), also called "Müllner Peter" in accordance with the name of his family's farm, encompasses over 300 manuscripts and printed works. Largely, these are works of Church and sacred music, which are preserved at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the Müllner Peter Museum.

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© vege – fotolia.com

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek takes part in the current discussion among historians about setting up a national research data infrastructure. The BSB welcomes the impulses coming from the Council for Information Infrastructures (Rat für Informationsinfrastrukturen, RfII), calling for the establishment of a distributed, networked research data infrastructure (NFDI) in its second paper of March 2018 among other things, and, in the sense formulated by the RfII, understands "cooperation as an opportunity".

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osmikon, logo | © BSB/ osmikon

A new research portal on east, eastern-central and south-eastern Europe has been launched on 20 June 2018! osmikon pools the services for interdisciplinary research on eastern and south-eastern Europe.

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Bibliotheksmagazin 2/18

A first glimpse of this year's big exhibition of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek "Gott, die Welt und Bayern" (God, the world and Bavaria), a unique collection of German Jugendstil book bindings or a portrait of the Munich pianist Sofie Menter: Find out more about these and further interesting topics in the new issue 2/18 of the journal Bibliotheksmagazin.

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

The current issue of the professional journal "Bibliotheksforum Bayern" again presents the large diversity of the services offered by public and academic libraries: from safeguarding the written cultural heritage to providing materials in digital form, offering services to scholars, researchers, educators and students, as well as promoting children's and adolescents' reading skills and enthusiasm for reading.

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The Amazons. Scene image relating to Marie Haushofer's play "Zwölf Culturbilder aus dem Leben der Frau" (twelve cultural images from a woman's life), taken in the famous photography studio Atelier Elvira in Munich | © Munich City Archive

Authors on the Fraueninsel, female writers in Munich's Maxvorstadt quarter, the struggle for modernity in the civil women's movement – the Literaturportal Bayern presents new excursions and topics on interesting historical and regional aspects of Bavarian literature.

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© pkstock – Adobe Stock #77346862

Users of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek can now use e-payment (PayPal, MasterCard, Visa) for settling outstanding fees (for reservations or reminders, for example). The new twenty-four-seven service offers our users the option to balance their user accounts in the OPACplus speedily and easily at any desired time and to thus unlock the BSB's associated services again.

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