Summaries of recent topical articles

Germany's association for library and information professionals BIB ("Berufsverband Information Bibliothek") publishes a monthly journal for members.

Labelled "BuB - Forum Bibliothek und Information" (Forum Library and Information), this journal provides English summaries of its most interesting articles. We have been permitted to publish these summaries here for information of international colleagues.

BuB no. 12/2018:
The U.N. Agenda 2030 – a Call to Action! / International Initiatives and Model Projects in the Library Sector (Petra Hauke) +++ Knowledge on Wheels / Duisburg City Library‘s New Bookmobile (André Behrendt) +++»Salto Wortale« – The Children‘s LiteratureFestival in Hanover /  Daily Life as Adventure:  How reading stories can have an impact on the everyday life of children (Laura Kobsch) 

BuB no. 11/2018:
70 Years Old and 70,000 Pages Strong / Looking Back Upon Seven Decades of BuB and Making Wishes for the Future (Carola Schelle-
Wolff) +++ BIB-OPUS – the German-Language Repository for Library and Information Specialists / The Institutional Repository also Holds
Articles from BuB – Metadata Available for Issues Since 1981 – Full-text to Follow (Christoph Ackermann) +++ Long-Term Digital Preservation at Leibniz Information
Centre (TIB) / Permanent Preservation of Safely Accessible Data – Also as a Service to Other Institutions (Thomas Bähr, Franziska Schwab)

BuB no. 10/2018:
 Phones that Talk / The Spoken Word, Smartphonesand AI – The Leading Trends of 2018 in the Media Industry Make it a Year of Dying Ideas (Boris Hänßler) +++ Peripheral Regions of Former Empires Are Moved to the Foreground / Analogue and Digital Records about Georgia at the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (Tillmann Tegeler) +++ The Presence of the Past / The New Exhibit of the German Exile Archive 1933-1945 at the German National Library (Jan-Pieter Barbian)

BuB no. 08/09 2018:

Increasing Number of Jobs Remain Vacant / Results of a Survey on Employment in Libraries of Baden-Württemberg +++ Training and Continuing Education: Cornerstones of Staff Recruitment at the Hamburg Public Libraries / More Personnel Through Options for Internships and Softening Classical Stereotypes (Andrea Beyer, Janette Achberger) +++ International Orientation, Interdisciplinary Projects and Creative Programming / The Next Library Conference Berlin 2018 (Tim Leik, Juliana Pranke)

BuB no.07/2018:

New Working Environments in Libraries / Factors in Designing and Planning Up-to-Date Workplaces for Library Staff (Olaf Eigenbrodt) +++ University as Workplace / A Little »New Work« Is Not Bad (Cornelia Vonhof) +++ A Spectacular Library Facility in China / Tianjin- Binhai Attracted Over One Million Visitors in Five Months (Xiufeng Liu)

BuB no. 06/2018:

Right-Wing Publishers and their Products / Should Books from Rightist
Publishers Be Included in Library Collections? (Jörg Sundermeier) +++ A Political View of Science / New BuB Series – Part 1: The Scientific Establishment and the University (Haike Meinhardt) +++ Traces of 1968 / How the Ideas of the 1968 Generation Entered Librarianship (Birgit Dankert)

BuB no. 05/2018:
Apps for Culture and Education / The Bavarian State Library‘s Experiments and Experiences with the Mobile Web (Klaus Ceynowa) +++ The Next Digital Wave / Apps and Libraries: Let‘s Rethink All This... (Christoph Deeg) +++ Goethe Librarians Discover the Greater Munich Area / A Study Tour to Libraries in Germany (Hanna Dede)

BuB no. 04/2018:
Ethical Principles / A Critical Appreciation of BID‘s Newest Professional Standards for Librarians (Hermann Rösch) +++ UNESCO Calls for Cooperation in Educational Networks / The Role of Libraries in the U.N. Agenda 2030 (Stefan Volkmann) +++ Simply Read! / Inclusion and Involvement with »Simple Language« (Dorothee Mammel)

BuB no. 02/03 2018: I, Robot, Can Help You,Librarian / The Max Planck Institute Luxembourg‘s Library as Trailblazer (Juja Chakarova) +++ A Year With NAO / A Humanoid Robot in the City Library of Cologne (Babett Hartmann) +++ Hindsight – Insight – Foresight / 75 Years of Library Training in Stuttgart (Cornelia Vonhof, Ulrich Wesser)

BuB no. 01/2018: Subject Cataloguing in the Year 2018 / On Overview (Heidrun Wiesenmüller) +++ Automated Subject Cataloging at the German National Library / A Broad Collection Policy Places High Demands on Algorithms for Statistical and Linguistic Analysis (Elisabeth Mödden, Christa Schöning-Walter, Sandro Uhlmann) +++ A« for Artwork / Art and Works of Art in the State Library of Berlin (Gabriele Kaiser)

BuB no.12 / 2017: Refugees as Co-Workers and Colleagues / Prospects for Trainees in the City Library of Bremen (Britta Schmedemann) +++ »We Call It LibraryPlus« / The Hanover City Library Implements »Open Library« (Ulrich Kandolf) +++ The School Library In the Course of a Year / Relevant Not Only at Exam Time: School Libraries Offer Many Services Throughout the Year (Hanke Sühl)

BuB no. 11 / 2017: Play, You Fools / Opportunities for Libraries
in Gaming and Gamification (Christoph Deeg) +++ Not an Easy Game / Berlin Writer and Children‘s Media Expert Describes Current Developments in Game Consoles, Apps and Software for Children (Thomas Feibel) +++ Harvest Your Town / The Bad Oldesloe City Library Engages in Sustainable Ecological Library Service with Very Different Partners – and Received the »IFLA Green Library Award 2017« (Jens A. Geißler, Tim Schumann)

BuB no. 10/ 2017: Digital Vagabonds / Digitalization Continues to Challenge the Media Industry – Current Trends at the Frankfurt Book Fair (Boris Hänßler) +++ New Tasks, New Fields of Work, New Structures / The Future of the Academic Library in Competitive International Research As Seen in the Example of Embedded Librarians (Friedrich Figge and others) +++ New Horizons / A Planned Position Paper on the Future of Libraries in Music Schools (Claudia Niebel)

BuB no. 08 / 09 2017: »The Times They Are A-Changin‘« / Which Qualifications and Competencies Will Librarians Need in the Future? (Jan-Pieter Barbian, Cornelia Vonhof) +++ An Ambitious Project in a Top Location / Dresden‘s New Central Library Has Opened (Roman Rabe) +++ City – Country – Bus / Mobile and Flexible: Bookmobiles Fulfill Different Tasks in Urban and Rural Areas (Kirsten Lundgren, Katrin Toetzke)

BuB no. 07/2017: I‘m a Library, Change Me! / Thoughts on the Changing Identity of an Ancient Institution (Henning Bleyl) +++ »Libraries Are Key Players in Digitalization« / In a Guest Article the German Minister for Education and Research Describes Libraries as a Symbol of the Ideals of an Enlightened Society (Johanna Wanka) +++ Digital Strategies for Libraries – A Necessary Evil or a Formula for Success? / A Podium Discussion With Library Directors from Germany, the Netherlands, and the U.S.A. (Maiken Hagemeister, Esther Israel, Theresa Joest)

BuB no. 06/2017: A Dynamic Venue for Arts and Culture / On Art at the City Library of Stuttgart (Meike Jung) +++ Checkpoints, Street Blockades and Political Instability / Mobile Libraries in the Middle East (Andreas Lüschow, Samira Safadi) +++ Finland as False Role Model? / Library Service in Scandinavia is Considered Exemplary, but the Profession is under Pressure due to Budget Cuts and Library Closings (Armi Roth- Bernstein-Wiesner)

BuB no. 05 2017:
Fundamental Principles for Answering the Questions of Tomorrow / The German National Library – Yesterday and Today (Susanne Oehlschläger, Ute Schwens) +++ Tracking Provenance of Older Holdings / The HeBIS Union Catalog and the Academic Library of Mainz in an Exemplary Report on a Provenance Research Project (Annelen Ottermann) +++ No Tomorrow Without the Yesterday / Children‘s Books and Libraries in Romania – A Travel Report (Birgit Dankert)

BuB no.04 2017: Dream or Drama? / On the Possible Role of Libraries in the European Union (Jan-Pieter Barbian) +++ Keeping Stock of Europe / The European Documentation Center – As Special Library and Information Center (Katrin Lück) +++ The Pop-Up Library in a Box – Idea Boxes / Libraries Without Borders Delivers Mobile Libraries to Conflict Areas (Haike Meinhardt)

BuB no. 02/03 2017: Employers, Apply Here! / How the Shortage of Professionals Is Forcing Changes – and Opening Up Chances for Libraries (Alexandra Simtion) +++ Highlighting Positive Working Conditions / Job Market Expert Lutz Bellmann Advises Libraries On More Aggressive Marketing for Personnel – Training and Professional Development As Key Incentives (BuB Interview) +++ Join the Hubbub! / Questions, Observations, a Few Small Ideas and a Big Proposal – to Help Libraries Make Better Use of Their Potential (Anna Mauersberger)

BuB no.01 2017: Places for Creativity and Transfer of Knowledge / Libraries as Makerspaces (Hannelore Vogt, Bettina Scheurer, Hans-Bodo Pohla) +++ Barack Obama Plans His Presidential Library / Chicago Chosen from Four Possible Sites -- An Investment of a Half-Billion Dollars Required (Gernot Gabel) +++ Challenge and Enrichment / Education of the Deaf and the Hearing Impaired -- The University Library of the Free University of Berlin Sets a Good Example (Marwa Al Sadoon, Victoria Behnke, Simone Schütte)

BuB no.12 2016 : Provenance Research and Restitution / Books Looted by Nazis at the State and University Library of Hamburg (Anna von Villiez) +++ BibScouts – the Mobile Information Service at the University of Würzburg Library / Roving Scouts Take Load Off Information Desk – Assistance with Photocopiers, Printers, and Scanners (Franziska Borkert) +++ A Role Model for Libraries? The Transparent Museum at the Kunsthalle Hamburg (Andrea Kasper)

 BuB no. 11 2016: »We‘ll Meet You Half-way« / Mobile Libraries Yesterday and Today (Johannes von Freymann) +++ Socially-oriented Library Services Revisited / Been There, Done That Before: It‘s Worth Looking into the Archival Records of Social and Mobile Library Services (Karsten Schuldt) +++ The Library World Well-Received in the Largest Small Town of America / A Report of the 82nd IFLA World Conference in Columbus, Ohio – An Update to the IFLA Trend Report (Stephan Matthias, Simone Waidmann)

BuB no. 10 2016: More Than a Gigantic Crowd of VIPs / Why Librarians can Benefit from a Visit to the Frankfurt Book Fair Again This Year (Jan-Pieter Barbian) +++ Contours of The New Narrative / Self-Promotion Plays an Increasing Role at the Book Fair / Libraries as Pioneers of Relaxed Approach to Computer Games (Boris Hänßler) +++ Resourceful Digital Reading Promotion / How Tablets are Changing Library Pedagogy / Ideas For Picture Book Apps and More (Christiane Bornett)

BuB no. 8/9 2016: BuB App Now Available / Multi-medial, Accessible Anywhere, Free for Association Members +++ Post-Functionalism / New Avenues of Library Planning and Design (Olaf Eigenbrodt) +++ No Entry for Adults / Biblo Tøyen - Oslo‘s Library for 10 to 15 Year-Olds (Beate Detlefs)

BuB no. 7 2016: Libraries in the Digital World / Online Services are Expanding Rapidly and Easily Accessible – Copyright and Licensing Agreements as Barriers (Frank Simon-Ritz) +++ Cataloging the Swissair Photographic Archive Through Crowdsourcing / 40,000 Photographs Digitalized by Former Airline Employees and Experts (Nicole Graf) +++ The library of things / What Role Do Libraries Play in the »Sharing Economy«?

BuB no. 6 2016: Is This Totally Normal? / Dealing with Users Who Overstep Boundaries – Practical Advice for Everyday Practice (Maria Klupp) +++ Legal Disputes over Theft of Library Holdings / Experts Dokument 61 Cases in 23 Years and Give Advice to Victims (Andrea Nikolaizig) +++ »The dramatic situation of the whole country is played out in the microcosm of the library« / The Former Director of the Argentinean National Library, Horacio González, Describes the Current Political Conflicts in Argentina

BuB no. 5 2016: PDA as Customer Service / User-Initiated Acquisition at the University of Leipzig Library (Jens Lazarus) +++ A Matter of Character (?) / The Central and Regional Library Berlin Transferred Part of Its Collection Development to an External Provider in January – Accompanied by Harsh Criticism (Carmen Molitor) +++ Attracting Adolescents, Families, and Entirely New User Groups / Five Theses on Sunday Opening Hours in Libraries (Simone Fühles-Ubach, Ragna Seidler-de Alwis)

BuB no. 4 2016: Music Libraries in the Age of the Digital Revolution – Challenges and Perspectives / Public Music Libraries Losing Support / Social Alliance for Musical Education Needed (Verena Funtenberger) +++ At the End of the Sociological Food Chain / Reading Promotion for Adolescents in Public Libraries – a Problem Outline (Robert Elstner) +++ Embedded Librarianship / Integrating Scientific and Information Competency in Writing Courses – A Program from the U.S.A. (Heidi Madden, Ann Marie Rasmussen)

BuB no. 2/3 2016: Transatlantic Relations Being Strengthened / BII Project »Partner Country USA 2016–2019« Starts in Leipzig – Numerous Lectures and Discussion Rounds (Guido Jansen, Susanne Riedel) +++ A Library Becomes Experiential / Connecting Physical and Virtual Media in the new Central Library of Duisburg (Jan-Pieter Barbian) +++ Which Direction? Young People Tell Their Stories in Animated Films / Multicultural Refugee Projects: The Frankfurt am Main City Library Conducts Successful Animation Workshop (Tanja Schmidt, Silke Schumann)

BuB no. 1 2016: Library Services for Refugees in International Comparison / The Case for a Transnational Exchange of Information+++»Don‘t hand over control of the good books – even physically« / In View of the Virtual World‘s Transiency Germany‘s Former President Horst Köhler Makes a Plea for the Printed Book+++200 Years of the Medical Library / The Library of the Medical Association of Hamburg from 1816 to 2016

BuB no. 12 2015: Critical Edition of Hitler‘s »Mein Kampf« – An Analysis / About the Annotated Scholarly Edition To Be Published by Munich‘s Institute for Contemporary History+++»As a Librarian You Can Always Make a Difference!« / BuB Interviews Claudia Lux On Her Experiences in Developing the National Library of Qatar / Further Collaborators Sought+++One Third Less / The Book Collection of the Copenhagen Libraries Being Reduced

BuB no. 11 2015: Promoting privacy of users / what libraries need to consider regarding data protection in the »Cloud«+++The user as partner / customer surveys as the basis of customer-oriented services at MIZ Biberach+++The heart of the university beats again / the University of Freiburg library re-opened after six years of construction

BuB no. 10 2015: Light in the digital tunnel / publishers and authors make overtures to digital readers+++Models for cooperation taken from libraries abroad / libraries as partners for creating sustainable cultural infrastructure in underdeveloped regions+++Colourful, eye-catching, intuitive design, and prominent placement / making digital collections visible at the Stuttgart City Library

BuB no. 08-09 2015: »The less bureaucracy, the easier the way into the library« / Yilmaz Holtz-Ersahin recommends supplying free library cards to refugees+++The »Asylothek« as a bridge to the public library / successful private initiative in Nuremberg+++Tilting at windmills / problems and perspectives for public libraries

BuB no. 07 2015: The library as »Third Place« / libraries must offer more than lending services to remain relevant +++ Headhunters, new models of »PDA« and comfortable lounges / new products and services at the Bibliothekartag 2015 trade exhibition +++ From Friedrichstraße to Adlershof / 1.2 m volumes change location in Berlin's Humboldt University Library

BuB no. 06 2015: Service to the public – a continual process / the three-anchor concept of the Bielefeld Public Library‘s Neumarkt branch +++ Africa on the Go /promoting literature and reading with the help of mobile telephones in Africa +++ »Bang Bang« instead of »Shhhh« / on the image of librarians in comics

BuB no. 05 2015: City of peace and human rights / Nuremberg offers an interesting fringe programme – protection for persecuted authors +++ The Library of Alexandria and the »Arabellion« / during the Arab Spring the library of the coastal city of Alexandria became a stronghold of freedom. It has survived the battles - so far +++ Fast, inexpensive, informative / feedback tools on library websites – an evaluation of digital materials offered by the Stuttgart Municipal Library

BuB no. 04 2015: The blind librarian – to document the unseen / unemployment increasing against the trend – little understanding of the skills of the visually handicapped +++ The library innovative citizens‘ platform / paradigmatic change with Dokk1 in Aarhus: focussing on people rather than on media +++ The library as partner / on the advantages of cooperating with other institutions – a model study

BuB no. 02-03 2015: Pros and cons: should libraries open on Sundays? +++ »Reading promotion must begin with the parents.« Writer Kirsten Boie describes how to interest children in books in the Age of the Internet – early exposure important +++ »eduroam« – Internet access for the travelling scholar / what does this mobile network mean for libraries and their licensing contracts?

BuB no. 01 2015: MOOCs on the increase / Massive Open Online Courses booming in the U.S. and Asia – should German libraries get prepared? +++ Providing services based on available funds / the future of public libraries is heavily dependent on financial and structural capacity of local authorities +++ Original and Digital / the written cultural artifact is a treasure – and a duty / an appeal at the 10th anniversary of the Weimar Library fire


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