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How libraries in Germany are fighting extinction – and winning

“Is an e-book as much a book as a “book book”? Libraries in Germany would say yes. It seems they’re coming to grips with what many readers take for granted. “As a customer and user, I expect today to find the latest bestseller as an e-book in my local library,” Klaus-Rainer Brintzinger, chairman of the Association of German Librarians, told news agency dpa. This week in Nuremberg, Brintzinger and some 4,000 of his colleagues are discussing the future of libraries. There are 10,200 of them in Germany, 106 of which are mobile technical libraries which travel from place to place. These libraries on wheels are still very popular, especially in rural regions where it’s not possible to borrow books anywhere else.” (via dw.de)

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Germany returns books worth 2.5 million euros stolen from Italian libraries

“German authorities on Friday returned 500 historical books including original works by Renaissance scientists Galileo Galilei and Nicolaus Copernicus, stolen from Italian libraries three years ago, to Naples prosecutors. Most of the books, worth around 2.5 million euros, were stolen from the Girolamini library in Naples, according to Italian prosecutors. German authorities seized them in a Munich auction house at the Italians’ request.” (via Reuters)

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“German prosecutors say they will return to Italy more than 500 historic books, including original editions of works by Galileo Galilei and Nicolas Copernicus, that were seized in Munich after being stolen from Italian libraries. Munich prosecutors said Wednesday that the books, dating largely from the 16th and 17th centuries and estimated to be worth at least 2.5 million euros ($2.8 million), will be handed over to Italian judicial authorities on Friday.” (via The Associated Press)


German Digital Library releases API

“Last month the German Digital Library Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek – DDB made a promising step forward toward further opening up their data by releasing its API Application Programming Interface to the public. This API provides access to all the metadata of the DDB released under a CC0 license, which is the predominant share. The release of this API opens up a wide range of possibilities for users to build applications, create combinations with other data or include the German digitised cultural heritage on other platforms. In the future, the DDB also plans to organize a programming competition for API applications as well as a series of workshops for developers.” (via OpenGLAM)

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“Kultur und Wissen online”: Germany’s New National Digital Library

“Last week, the beta version of Germany’s new national digital library, the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB) launched. Unlike many of the other new digital platforms I’ve blogged about recently, which provide a single body of content (the collection of a specific museum, Shakespeare’s ouvre, etc.) the DDB functions as a central content hub for a truly decentralized corpus of resources. While there are a few clear centers from which the DDB’s resources originate (Berlin, Dresden, Stuttgart…), a look at the DDB’s map of contributing institutions shows a combination of libraries, museums, and archives distributed fairly evenly throughout Germany.”

via Digital Public Library of America

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