Library News from Germany

October 18, 2016

Program: US-Germany Sister Libraries Webinar

Filed under: exchange — Tags: , , , — Jürgen Plieninger @ 07:54

Interested in partnering with a library in Germany?

 US-Germany Sister Libraries Webinar

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 9:00-10:00 (Central Time)

More information @ The Traveling Librarian

August 8, 2014


Filed under: exchange — Tags: , — Jürgen Plieninger @ 08:05

News from the German service point for librarian exchange (Bibliothek & Information International) are now distributed via the blog “BII Stories”


April 9, 2013

Library, information and book science portal “b2i”

Filed under: library resources, publications — Tags: , , — Jürgen Plieninger @ 11:07

“The portal b2i provides a central access to resources from the fields of Library, Book and Information Studies. It is aimed at everyone who is interested from the fields of science, study and practice.
The portal provides you as user with a central research access (meta search). With one query you can search simultaneously in numerous selected and quality-controlled professional resources (subject catalogues, bibliographies, Internet resources, digital full text archives, etc.). Furthermore, with b2i you get access to many other online databases and journals.”

Available via

December 23, 2012

inetbib 2013

Filed under: conferences, special library — Tags: , , — Jürgen Plieninger @ 21:57

The main german librarian mailinglist is inetbib (i.e. “internet in libraries”), which is sponsored by the University Library of the Technical University of Dortmund. Every 2-3 years there’s also a conference. The next will take place 4th until 6th of march März 2013 in Berlin.
But I must not write too much about the conference, because my colleague Mary Jo Rabe, a special librarian, writes in her blog about the Inetbib 2013. Just have a look on it or – the better alternative! – subscribe the RSS-feed!

July 28, 2012

100th birthday of the German National Library Leipzig

Filed under: library — Tags: , — Jürgen Plieninger @ 16:06

he German National Library was founded one hundred years ago this year. It has collected everything that has been published in the German language since 1913, from pulp fiction to sheet music.

A three minute video report (in English) from German television (Deutsche Welle) takes a look at 100 years at the German National Library.

[via infodocket]

June 16, 2012

Thousands of libraries in Germany are run by just one librarian

Filed under: OPL — Tags: , , , , , — Jürgen Plieninger @ 18:03

Interview with the chair of the Commission for one-person librarians at the German Association of Information and Library Professionals (BIB) about German solo librarianship. [via Portal “Libraries in Germany” of Goethe Institute]

May 28, 2012


Filed under: conferences — Tags: , , , — Jürgen Plieninger @ 20:29

This year, the “Bibliothekartag” = “Librarian Day” took place in Hamburg. Some resources:

December 30, 2011

Articles about German libraries

Filed under: general — Tags: , , — Jürgen Plieninger @ 20:55

The “Spiegel” (= mirror) is a leading German magazine with an international part in English. If you search in this part – for example with the item “library” -, you will get some articles relating libraries in Germany.

December 11, 2011

The future of research infrastructures: a look at Germany

Filed under: scientific libraries — Tags: , , — Jürgen Plieninger @ 10:17

Sebastian wrote in the IFLA Social Science Libraries Blog about the changing research infrastructures in Germany.

November 30, 2011


Filed under: conferences, library 2.0 — Tags: , , , — Jürgen Plieninger @ 09:02

“A rising number of actors in librarianship and its related fields are experimenting with Semantic Web technologies and Linked Open Data (LOD). The LOD cloud as a whole grew by 300% in 2010, whereas the amount of data relevant for libraries grew by nearly 1000%. For many, the question now arises how to integrate their holdings into the LOD cloud and how to embed externally provided LOD data into their own applications, adding value through cross-domain linking. The first conference day will focus on the corresponding infrastructure requirements.
At the same time, the principles and workflows of traditional scholarly communication and publication are under scrutiny with a view to a consistently web-based data and service infrastructure comprising the entire research and publication process. Concepts like “nano-publications”, “Semantic Publishing”, “Open Data”, “Enhanced Publications” or “Research Objects” mark the re-orientation of academic work, away from monolithic, comparatively unflexible and barely interlinked reference points towards a distributed, comparatively granular data infrastructure which is continuously accessible to researchers and into which their contributions recognizably return. These developments will be discussed on the second day of the conference.
For the first time we offer workshops and tutorials on the day before the main conference, providing introductions into Linked Open Data for newcomers and practice-oriented discussion of selected problems.
The conference will again – as in 2009 and 2010 – be organised by the North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Centre (hbz), Cologne, and the German National Library of Economics – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (ZBW), Kiel and Hamburg.”

Informations about the conference can be found on the homepage, on twitter and a href=”” target=”_blank”>via Stream (29th and 30th november ca. 9 – 17.30 h a.m.).

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