May 28, 2022

Stanford University Libraries and Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Sign Historic Bilateral Collaboration Agreement

From Stanford University Libraries:

The Stanford University Libraries and the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek announce today the establishment of a bilateral collaboration that will develop synergies and share expertise on a number of projects and programs that directly and indirectly serve scholars and students at Stanford, in Munich, and elsewhere.

This collaboration arose because of the mutual engagement in the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) and its associated viewer Mirador, a remarkable set of developments adopted widely around the world enabling scholars and students to view and work on images of ancient, medieval, and early modern manuscripts, maps, works of art, and soon 3-D images of sculpture, archeological and anthropological artefacts.


“Our cooperation agreement brings together two libraries which are a league of their own when it comes to digital innovation in library services and information technology,” said Klaus Ceynowa, Director General of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. “There is so much we can learn from each other, and the results of this cooperation will be terrific. Stanford and Munich, it‘s a perfect match!”


According to Michael Keller, Stanford’s university librarian, this type of collaborative agreement is essential in today’s environment where information infrastructure knows no boundaries and enduring access is not guaranteed.

Stanford and the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek will look at long-term preservation of digital information, Linked Open Data, innovative technologies for information infrastructures in the humanities, and platforms and applications for state-of-the-art digital services for research and learning.

“Between the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the Stanford Libraries, there are so many new approaches, important improvements to existing services, and remarkably complimentary projects and programs propelled by quite similar senses of responsibility for defining 21st-century research librarianship,’ said Keller. “Joining with our colleagues in Munich will enhance and contribute to our work here at Stanford thanks to the synergies we know that we will enjoy together.”

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