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We would like your opinion! // Survey on the newspaper portal of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (German Digital Library)

Titelseite des humoristisch-satirischen Wochenblatts „Kladderadatch“ vom 21.01.1912

The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek is currently working to establish an online portal for digitised historical newspapers. Now we need to know what you would like to see on the portal! In order to further improve our offering, we have created a survey. Please take eight minutes out of your day to help actively shape the future newspaper portal with your answers.

The German Research Foundation is funding the establishment of the national newspaper portal. Project partners: The German National Library, the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek, the Sächsische LandesbibliothekStaats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden, the Staatsbibliothek zu BerlinPreußischer Kulturbesitz, and FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure. Similar portals are already in operation in Austria, Great Britain and Australia. (Cover: Berlin State Library – Prussian Cultural Heritage (protected by copyright).)

The survey is being conducted by Marktforschungsinstitut eresult GmbH. Your answers will be treated with the strictest confidence and collected anonymously.
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"Dialog mit Bibliotheken": new issue published

Cover der aktuellen Ausgabe "Dialog mit Bibliotheken"

The new edition of "Dialog mit Bibliotheken" ("Dialogue with Libraries") has been published in time for the Library Congress and Book Fair in Leipzig. Stephan Bartholmei explores how the cultural hackathon "Coding da Vinci" has developed over the past four years and what the future of this unique format might hold. Sarah Eimer and Christa Baumgartner report on two current projects at the German National Library that demonstrate how digitisation protects originals and their content from being forgotten. In the third part of the series on the permanent exhibition of the German Exile Archive, Sylvia Asmus examines the use of language and its development in exile. Other topics include: the survey results on catalogue usage, the expanded licensing service for out-of-commerce works (VW-LiS), and the events and exhibitions programme of the German National Library in honour of the 100-year anniversary of Bauhaus.

In addition to the print edition, "Dialog" can also be downloaded as a free online publication.

The German National Library at Leipzig Book Fair // 21 to 24 March 2019 // Hall 5, Stand H 512

Stand der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek auf der Leipziger Buchmesse

Visit us in Hall 5 on stand H 512: We look forward to talking to you in person and to informing you about the many services provided by the German National Library. (Photo: German National Library, Stephan Jockel)

We look forward to welcoming you on our stand at the book fair or at one of the guided tours or events organised as part of “Leipzig liest” in the German National Library on Deutscher Platz!

"Leben, Wanderungen & Schicksale Johann Christoph Sachses, eines Thüringers, von ihm selbst verfasst" ("The life, wanderings & fortunes of Johann Christoph Sachse, a native of Thuringia, as told by the man himself") // Reading and discussion // Leipzig liest // German National Library in Leipzig // Saturday, 23 March 2019, 18:00 // Doors open at 17:30

Buchcover: Johann Christoph Sachse - Der Deutsche Gil Blas - oder Leben, Wanderungen und Schicksale Johann Christoph Sachses, eines Thüringers vom ihm selbst verfasst - eingeführt von Goethe

The adventure-packed life story of a library assistant, whose writings provide a vivid portrayal of working-class life in Germany.

A great re-discovery – presented by Michael Knoche, long-term director of the Anna Amalia Library, and publisher Peter Graf.

An event in collaboration with Verlag Das kulturelle Gedächtnis as part of “Leipzig liest”.

Booking directly using the booking form or call +49 341 2271-286.

Costs: Free admission

Bauhaus edition of "Leipziger Blätter" // Presentation // German Museum of Books and Writing // German National Library in Leipzig // Monday, 25 March 2019, 18:00

Blick in den „Bauhaus-Lesesaal“ der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek in Leipzig

In time for the 100th birthday of Bauhaus, "Leipziger Blätter" ("Leipzig Pages") has dedicated its 1/2019 issue to the Bauhaus in Leipzig, which has moulded the city in many subtle ways. We invite you to take a seat on one of Mart Stam’s cantilever chairs in the Science Reading Room of the German National Library for the presentation of this issue. Spend an evening exploring Bauhaus with us.

Free admission. Booking is not required.

Oskar Maria Graf: Rebel, global citizen, storyteller // The German Exile Archive 1933–1945 presents an exhibition by the Literaturhaus München (Munich House of Literature) in collaboration with the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the Monacensia in the Hildebrandhaus// German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // Exhibition opening: Wednesday, 3 April 2019, 19:00

Oskar Maria Graf in Berg

Rebel, global citizen and storyteller extraordinaire: the exhibition by the Literaturhaus München presents the Bavarian poet Oskar Maria Graf (1894–1967) as an international, cosmopolitan and yet rebellious author. The exhibition focuses on his time in exile and the question of what constitutes the "true home". From 1933 to 1938, Graf lived in Vienna and Brno before emigrating to New York, whose diversity and vitality he loved.
As an author of global literary repute, he wrote his most famous works while in exile – texts of great relevance in today’s global political climate and well worth re-discovering (Photo: Oskar Maria Graf in Berg, 1964, fotografie: stefan moses / Münchner Stadtmuseum, Sammlung Fotografie, Archiv Moses)

The exhibition by the Literaturhaus München in collaboration with the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the Monacensia in the Hildebrandhaus is now visiting the German Exile Archive 1933–1945.

Attend the opening of our exhibition at 19:00 on 3 April 2019. Please book directly via the booking form or by calling +49 (0)69 1525–1987.

Or discover Oskar Maria Graf during one of our guided curator’s tours.

The exhibition will be open for viewing from 4 April to 7 September 2019. Admission free

German artists in exile. Thomas B. Schumann’s “Memoria” collection // Talk by Thomas B. Schumann // German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // Monday, 8 April 2019, 19:00

Stilleben mit aufgeschlagenem Buch von Rudolf Levy

Around one thousand of the roughly ten thousand creative artists forced into exile by the Nazis were visual artists. Since 1945, most of them have been forgotten – unfairly so, as demonstrated by the more than seven hundred works in Thomas B. Schumann’s “Memoria” collection. The publisher, author and winner of the 2017 Hermann Kesten Prize uses impressive visual images to illustrate his talk on the origins and focus of his collection.

Event organised by the German National Library’s German Exile Archive 1933–1945.

Book directly using the booking form or call +49 (0)69 1525 1987.
Free admission

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Changes to service hours as of 1 March 2019 at the Information desk in Frankfurt am Main:
Monday to Friday
9:00–12:00 and 13:00–18:00

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