False reports on the Internet are having an ever greater effect on political attitudes and thus endangering democratic processes. In the battle against fake news it is libraries in particular that can play an important role.
ECJ ruling on e-books “Libraries are allowed to lend e-books”
Up to now, e-books could not be lent by libraries as are printed books because they do not fall under the lending right. This could change after the ruling of the European Court of Justice, says the librarian and jurist Gabriele Beger.
Profession: Librarian Technical brilliance and social responsibility
Data librarian, media manager and agent of integration: the remit of a librarian is more multifarious than ever. With such different demands, can the librarian still have a unified professional profile at all?
Archiving Internet Content For a new logic of collecting
Any item published in Germany must be sent to the German National Library. Since 2006 this has also applied to publications on the internet. Yet this is still problematic, says jurist and librarian Eric Steinhauer.
Serious Games A Playdate at the Library
Computer and online games are now available in a large number of German libraries. To what extent can they be used as a learning tool in the development of information literacy?
Methods of motivating visitors You and your smartphone on a voyage of discovery
From the classic guided tour to the virtual paper chase – to arouse the interest of the users in their collections and provide a contemporary learning environment, more and more libraries are relying these days on digital tools.
Archiving of Computer Games A Cultural Heritage Worth Protecting
We are running the risk of losing a part of our computer games heritage forever, because data storage devices and consoles are getting old. This is where libraries and museums can step in to relieve the situation.
Long-term digital archiving “The legal framework has to change”
Digitalization puts libraries, museums and archives before new challenges. In order to preserve our cultural heritage, we need new strategies, says the jurist Paul Klimpel.
Open Access “The goal is complete transformation.”
Publication fees are climbing and the changeover of scientific and scholarly articles to Open Access is still proceeding slowly. Angela Holzer of the German Research Foundation (DFG) explains why Open Access is nevertheless worth the effort.
Looted Cultural Assets “We are running out of time”
Six German libraries set up a dedicated database that would allow them to combine research into looted cultural assets in their collections. Tracking down the previous owners requires some serious detective work.
Licenses for digital media Fuel for Science
The licensing of electronic media still confronts academic libraries with major challenges. These are easier to cope with when the libraries are organized in an alliance, yet a satisfactory solution is still not in sight.
Library Marketing “The library as a ‘third place’ is becoming increasingly important”
Events, social media services and makerspaces: Claudia Büchel, Director of the Hilden City Library, explains in an interview how even smaller libraries can implement targeted marketing.
E-Preferred Strategy Becoming a digital library
The digitalisation has changed our approach to research and publishing. However, this often conflicts with licensing and copyright restrictions. Academic libraries such as the Zentralbibliothek für Wirtschaftswissenschaften have to do something about this, but how?
The German library system Diverse. Cooperative. Endangered?
With eight thousand libraries, ranging from small local branches right up to the country’s national library, the German library system is impressive for its diversity. All the same, tight budgets and a lack of national structures are making their presence felt.
Digital Archives Inventory Build-Up with E-Preferred Strategy
The advance of digitalisation has changed our approach to research and publishing. However, this often conflicts with licensing and copyright restrictions. Academic libraries such as the ZBW (German Library of Economics) have to do something about this.
Virtual Reality Testing Labs for New Technologies
At the Game Science Centre in Berlin, visitors can take a look at the future and try out what will be shaping our everyday lives in the years to come – for example, virtual reality. The new technologies are also interesting for libraries.
International Youth Library Children’s Literature, a Cultural Heritage
In the picturesque Blutenburg Castle in Munich resides the world’s largest library for international children’s and youth literature. But it is anything but a dreamy castle of books.
Indoor Navigation in Libraries Using a Smartphone to Get to the Reading Room
Navigation systems for enclosed spaces are becoming increasingly common. Visitors to libraries and museums can use them to find their way round and to access location-based information.
Open Access 2020 “A Transformation of the Scientific Journal Market”
In March 2016 a new Open Access Initiative was launched, to ensure that scientific literature is available online free of charge. Frank Sander, Head of the Max Planck Digital Library, explains the objectives of OA 2020 in this interview.
Books The bus that helped me discover the world
Nothing has made a bigger difference in writer Hatice Akyün’s life than the Duisburg Book Bus. Now she has met its inventor. By Hatice Akyün
Emulation EMIL – the key for long-term archiving
Libraries have enormous collections of data storage media. The aim of the EMiL project is to ensure that they can still be accessed even after decades of technical progress. Tobias Steinke and Nathalie Lubetzki, both working at the German National Library, explain how this will be achieved.
An interview with Marian Dörk “Visualizations make the dynamics of a library visible”
It is not only in digital libraries that the treasures which await their users often lie hidden. Professor Marian Dörk explains how visualizations can help make holdings more visible.
Public Relations in Small Libraries The Courage to Cooperate
In this interview Dirk Wissen talks about how the services and products available at libraries can be presented more effectively as part of a city's educational and cultural scene.
Study on Reading Promotion “The Library Has to Become an Environment People Can Feel at Home in”
The Technical University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg has carried out a study on the promotion of reading in libraries. An interview about reading motivation and reading performance.
Do-it-yourself Culture Hackathons and Makerspaces
Hackathons and Makerspaces are the products of a new participation culture on the library scene.
Coworking Spaces Putting Libraries in a New Light
Coworking spaces are said to be pioneering new ways of transferring knowledge and collaborative working. To what extent, however, can libraries benefit from this approach?
Libraries as Sharing Partners Anything but Old-Fashioned
In libraries knowledge and things have been exchanged from time immemorial. They are part of the share economy, even if many are unaware of this. But the “sharing” trend places libraries before a new challenge.
Video-Report “Lesezeichen” – Listening to Children’s Literature with your Eyes
Since 2006 the Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin has been organising a series of readings in sign language. It is the only library event of its kind in the whole of Germany.
Frank Seeliger in an interview “The Potential of RFID Is Far from Exhausted”
More and more libraries are coming to rely on radio chips to manage their holdings and to improve service to readers. How much potential really lies in this technology?
New Ways to Interact “Bringing the Analogue World into the Digital World”
How can digital media be researched and accessed in libraries? An interview with Harald Reiterer from the University of Constance.
Open Educational Resources Collaborative Science
Freely accessible teaching materials are considered to be one of today’s most important trends in the field of educational policy. It is also a trend in which research libraries could play a key role.
International cataloguing Cloud-based Infrastructure for Library Data
Three library associations are working at the moment on a project to develop a new cataloguing environment. Thorsten Koch of the Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB) sheds some light here on the challenges.
Libraries as Publishers More Than Just Grey Literature
Above all the research libraries themselves are becoming more and more active in the field of publishing. The way has been paved for this by the ongoing process of digitalisation that has opened up new vistas for the publishers.
“JournalTouch” Digital Content You Can Touch
“JournalTouch”, the display of electronic journals, transfers an analogue library service to the digital world. This is how the digital content presents itself “tangibly” in the reading room.
“Open Library” A New Key to Borrowing Books
Can libraries be used outside normal opening hours? With the “Open Library” concept it is possible. In Germany a pilot project has been in operation in Hamburg since December 2014. The model may serve as inspiration for similar projects across the country.
Promotion of reading Digital Storytelling in Reading Rooms
Libraries are places where people can seek advice and meet others. The digital services are also intended to reach out to children and young people who would otherwise be unlikely to visit a library.
Floating collections Library Media on Tour
Library collections in big cities rotate freely from one branch to another. Hamburg’s Bücherhallen are trialling the “floating collections”, the first library in Germany to do so.
Culture of Welcoming Library Services for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Arriving in a new country with a different culture and language confronts all refugees with a challenge. To make their arrival easier, libraries in Germany offer many different services and so contribute to a culture of welcoming.
Library Apps The World of Books in Your Smartphone
Apps for mobile phones not only open up the stocks of libraries. For quite some time now the apps available offer much more than a mere presentation of the books they have on their shelves.
Small Libraries “Spatial Quality Plays a Particularly Important Role”
How can you get the maximum out of a minimum of space? An interview with Jana Binder, the head of the Goethe-Institut in Bratislava, about the modernisation of the library at her institute.
ZBW “We have to explain what we have to offer”
Since 2013 the special library ZBW has been advertising its online service with an innovative campaign. An interview with its Head of Marketing and Public Relations, Doreen Siegfried.
New challenges “How Do We Present Ourselves, what Do We Post as a Library?”
Goethe.de talked to Kirsten Marschall, in charge of quality assurance at Bücherhallen Hamburg (Hamburg’s central library), about the latest trends and future developments in libraries.
Gaming in libraries Knowledge goes gaming
As a cultural asset, computer games have found their way into libraries. Increasingly, libraries are presenting themselves as play places. Does the future lie in the “gamification” of library use?
Information technology “The Library As Navigator”
Electronic information technology is changing the way knowledge is accessed, and indeed is changing knowledge itself. Internet expert Dr Hans G. Zeger explains the role libraries can play here.
Scientific communication Services for Science 2.0
Digitalisation is drastically changing communication in research and publishing processes. How scientific libraries are supporting this development is explained here by Lambert Heller.
Makerspaces in Libraries The Creative Workshops of the 21st Century
The experiences have all been very positive and show that libraries and the Do-it-yourself Movement indeed go together very well.
Lyon Declaration “Free Access to Information for All”
At its World Congress 2014, the IFLA adopted the “Lyon Declaration”. Goethe.de spoke with Barbara Lison about the goals, background and opportunities of the initiative.
New Image of Library Buildings Anchors for Urban Development
All over the world impressive library buildings are having an invigorating effect on urban areas. In many places they have been used as an anchor point for the urban development of districts.
Memory organizations Challenges in Securing the Digital Heritage
Memory organizations must preserve a growing number and wide range of digital objects. This puts libraries, archives and museums before considerable challenges.
IFLA World Congress 2014 Keen Commitment on the Part of the Germans
The German library community is impressively represented at this year’s 80th IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Lyon. And there are good reasons for this.
New Libraries Made By Users For Users
Libraries of course are all about books and other media. There is, however, more to them than that. In some European countries the focus is more on the user and his interests and needs.
Libraries in Summer Books from the municipal swimming pool
Summer time, holiday season, time for reading. The good weather, however, lures few people into libraries. So some libraries have come up with special offers for readers in summer.
Social Reading in Libraries With the Browser to the Book
In the form of social reading, the reading circle of yesteryear is enjoying a renaissance on the Web. This development has also consequences for the work of libraries.
An Interview with Frank Simon-Ritz For a National Digitalization Strategy
“Germany needs a national digitalization strategy”, urges the German Library Association. Its chairman, Frank Simon-Ritz, explains why this is so.
Semantic Catalogue Search “We want to beat Google”
The Saxon Regional Library-State and University Library in Dresden has developed a novel and convenient catalogue search. Achim Bonte explains the advantages of SLUBsemantics.
E-Learning in Public Libraries Borrow Your Education Online
Due to the ongoing process of digitalisation public libraries are being faced with new challenges. They are now reacting to the ever-changing needs of information-seekers with various ranges of e-learning programs.
Digitization and Media Trends Putting the Virtual into the Real
The ongoing virtualization of library holdings calls for new forms of presentation and communication.
ELINET Major Offensive to Combat Poor Literacy
One in five Europeans has problems understanding the world of words around them. The European Literacy Policy Network now intends to devise models to promote successful reading and writing in all age groups.
Linked Open Data Bibliographic data on the Internet
In our interview, Adrian Pohl outlines the opportunities which arise when bibliographic data are made openly and freely available. At the central university library of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
DFG support programme Specialist Information Services for Science and Scholarship
The new programme of the German Research Foundation supports the development of modern information services. Christoph Kümmel explains the development plan.
Digital platform of libraries Onleihe Has To Do A Lot of Persuading
Onleihe (i.e., online + on loan), the leading digital platform of libraries in Germany, is facing a multitude of challenges. Jörg Meyer explains the biggest ones.
Public Participation via Web 2.0 Old Wine in New Bottles?
For many years now libraries have focused on the needs and wishes of their users. Web 2.0 is now providing users with a fast and simple opportunity to have a say and take part in decision making.
Data Privacy in Libraries The Nightmare of the Transparent Reader
How secure are the data of library users? In the professional scene a critical discussion continues on the cooperation between libraries and IT companies.
German Digital Library Time for knowledge
A project for the century has become visible: after a one-and-a-half year pilot phase, the first expansion stage of the German Digital Library will go online in 2014.
Europeana Collections 1914–1918 Digitization Project on Everyday Culture
400,000 objects from European national libraries and archives now form part of the virtual collection in one of Europeana’s thematic portals.
Europeana.eu Europe’s cultural treasures under one roof
Culture and knowledge without borders: the portal Europeana.eu enables free access to digitalized objects from Europe’s libraries, archives and museums.
Stuttgart City Library The Book Cube
Architecturally speaking, Stuttgart’s new city library is a real eye-catcher. More importantly it is a striking endorsement in an era of digitization of the physical – as opposed to the virtual – library.
German Digital Library “A Strategy Is Needed for the Digitization Process”
Starting 2012, the German Digital Library is to be filled with content. This is one of the reasons why Germany needs a digitization strategy, explains Ute Schwens.
Library pedagogy “We Need More Educational Content”
Because libraries are increasingly seen as centres of lifelong learning, the importance of library pedagogy is also growing. An interview with Kerstin Keller-Loibl.
Battling corruption Libraries As Providers of Information
As guardians of freedom of information, libraries generate transparency and in doing so support the battle against corruption, explains Hermann Rösch.
Bremen City Library Milieu Study “Customers in Focus”
Hamburg’s University of Applied Sciences has conducted a “milieu study” of Bremen City Library users. It provides a valid basis for gearing the services and products the library offers more precisely.
Formats for continuing education Librarian Communication in Flux
By 2010 at the latest, librarians had developed a huge appetite for new formats: both in the area of continuing education and, more generally, for professional events.
The Library Landscape in Germany An Overview
Around 11,000 libraries in Germany, all with their own specialist areas and target groups, ensure that access to information and knowledge is as barrier-free as possible.
Prevention of plagiarism Plagiarism: A Challenge for Libraries?
How do libraries handle cases of plagiarism, and what contribution can they make to preventing the practice? An interview with Dr Arne Upmeier.
Schu:Bi Libraries and Schools Join Forces
Five libraries and four schools in Oldenburg are taking systematic steps to improve reading skills and information literacy among pupils – accompanying them throughout their school careers.
Online lending Libraries at the click of a mouse
No-cost access to digital media any time, anywhere – that’s the idea behind online lending. More than 300 libraries in Germany are already offering this Internet-based service. The way forward, or a bit of technical tomfoolery?
German Digital Library More Than Just a Dream
The German Digital Library, the project of the century that is to make Germany’s cultural heritage freely accessible to everyone, is gradually taking concrete shape.
BibCamp 2012 Exchange on an Equal Footing
On 16 and 17 March 2012, around 200 librarians and knowledge managers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland met in Cologne to attend the 5th BibCamp, a symposium with lively discussion.
“AusLese 2011” Germany’s Leading Promoters of Reading
Since 1991, Stiftung Lesen has awarded its “AusLese” prize in recognition of outstanding initiatives that promote reading. “AusLese 2011” prize-winners exhibit an enticing blend of wit and commitment.
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Digital Library Looking at the Bigger Picture
Since 2010, libraries, archives and museums in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern have been involved in a joint pilot project, laying the foundations for a digital library.
One-Person Library A Singular Approach
A lot of libraries in Germany are run by one librarian. Jürgen Plieninger of the German Association of Information and Library Professionals reports on the difficulties and opportunities that this entails.
Buchkinder e. V. Unheard Stories
Buchkinder Leipzig (i.e. Leipzig book children) is an island for unheard stories – a concept which has now been adapted all over Germany.
KEK at Berlin’s State Library Coordinating the Protection of Written Cultural Heritage
A new coordination office coordinates Germany-wide activities aimed at preserving written cultural heritage and prepares a national concept for its protection.
School Libraries “Essential contribution to information literacy”
School libraries play a central role in teaching information literacy, yet are attributed hardly any importance in German educational policy. Goethe.de talked to Julia Rittel.
Library and Information Science “Transition from information to knowledge”
Library and information science is far from being an established discipline at German universities – but appears to have good chances of success in the field of interdisciplinary research.
Voluntary Library Work Dependable Volunteers
Active citizenship is becoming increasingly important in our ageing society. Libraries are also offering senior citizens a wide variety of opportunities to undertake voluntary work.
Mobile Libraries Books on Wheels
More than 100 buses and lorries can be seen chugging around suburbs and rural areas throughout Germany, bringing library services to people living far away from the nearest city or local library.
WorldCat The World’s Largest Library Catalogue
WorldCat is the world’s largest library catalogue. This central database contains information about printed and digital publications in more than 470 languages. A portrait of an extraordinary research and cataloguing tool.
B3Kat New Approaches to Catalogue Data
B3Kat, the union catalogue of the Bavarian Library Network and the Cooperative Library Network Berlin-Brandenburg, contains descriptions of more than 23 million media and is available in the form of linked open data.
Mobile Library Catalogues Limited Possibilities
Library users increasingly expect online library services also to be optimized for mobile access. This requires a considerable investment which, however, provides opportunities.
TH Wildau library Award-Winning Innovation
The library of Wildau Technical University of Applied Sciences is developing technologies of the future for its users. It has now received the “Library of the Year 2012” award for its innovative spirit.
Digitizing protected work “Copyright law is making life difficult for libraries”
The copyright legislation is making it increasingly difficult for libraries to fulfil their mandates. Arne Upmeier believes in clear applicable regulations.
Libraries Bring People Together Important Despite the Internet
Even in today’s digital age, libraries are losing none of their appeal, finding themselves in more demand than ever as pleasant, inspiring and communicative places in which to learn and research.
Parents and the Promotion of Reading Let’s read together!
It is good for children when they read a lot and actually enjoy it. But how can we get them to read? What influence can parents have? Find out in this evaluation of the situation.
EBLIDA-Campaign “The right to e-read” – E-Books in Libraries
Publishers may refuse licenses to libraries for e-books. A Europe-wide campaign is making people aware of this deplorable state of affairs.
Open Access How museums are opening their digital archives
Museums and archives are rethinking their handling of the cultural heritage in the digital age.
Nestor German Network of Expertise for Digital Preservation
Given the rapid pace of technological change, the long-term preservation of digital objects requires constant attention. The nestor network is gathering the requisite expertise all over Germany.
Onleihe “Virtual public libraries have taken off”
In 2007, the first German libraries launched the “Onleihe” lending system. Today, it is almost impossible to imagine any big city library not offering the service nowadays.
Lernwelten Hamburg Educational Services at the Click
Lernwelten Hamburg, a portal run by the city’s school library centre, provides a clear overview of the wide range of educational and learning services at Hamburg’s Bücherhallen libraries.
e-books and libraries A Success Story?
Libraries in Germany are lending out more e-books than ever before – Goethe.de talked about this development to Frank Simon-Ritz.
Electronic publications “eBooks are conquering the bedroom”
In 2012, the share of total sales of German publishers accounted for by eBooks reached 9.5 percent. Steffen Meier explains the developments on the eBook market.
Technology Trends Innovations in Libraries
Steffen Wawra, chairman of the Bavarian Library Network’s Virtual Library Commission explains how libraries are preparing themselves for the future.
Patron Driven Acquisition Libraries Built by Users
Like other academic libraries, Mannheim University Library has since 2010 been trialling a form of acquisition in which the user plays a key role. Dr Annette Klein explains the opportunities.
New publication formats The Future of Academic Publishing
The print culture is being increasingly abandoned in some branches of academia. Stefan Gradmann outlines the future of academic publishing.
Prison Libraries “Books Open Up Worlds”
An international symposium behind bars: librarians from six countries came to Münster prison to discuss the limitations and future prospects of prison library work.
Future of libraries Five Statements
Five experts offer an answer to the question of what libraries will look like in future and what roles and challenges lie ahead for them.
Copyrights Orphan Works
Works whose right holders cannot be contacted pose serious obstacles when setting up digital libraries. An interview with Dr Arne Upmeier of the German Library Association.