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Content in Context: The Bavarian State Library in the Digital World, a Conversation with Klaus Ceynowa


Date and Time 
March 30, 2017
4:30pm to 6:30pm
Bender Room, Green Library

Free and open to the public. RSVP requested.
Closest free parking may be found on Galvez St., Serra St., or Roth Way.

General Public
Event Sponsor 
Stanford University Libraries

Join us for an engaging talk and reception with Klaus Ceynowa, Director General of the Bavarian State Library, who will discuss:
Libraries as memory institutions and infrastructure for science have for the most part undergone the digital transformation. For some people, the apparent dichotomy between the allegedly good old world of the printed book, which included readers and dignified education, and the world of the ubiquitous digital, which is often perceived to be dangerous and in which we are flooded with data and stimuli and wander about in confusion, may still stir heated discussions. For libraries, that dichotomy is long gone. Today the libraries’ concern is to let knowledge contents do their work in the various innovative and—more often than not—mobile user scenarios of the internet. The content’s format is irrelevant. The new mantra is ‘content in context’. The focus is as much on knowledge, learning, and research as on culture and education for everyone. The big challenge for the libraries of tomorrow is the trend towards the disappearance of that textual culture. It will be replaced by the new knowledge paradigm of the data stream that is dynamic, multimedia, and constantly changing.
Dr. Klaus Ceynowa, born in 1959, is the director general of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Bavarian State Library). He studied philosophy, German studies, history and educational science at the University of Münster. He wrote his doctoral dissertation about the origins of the philosophy of pragmatism. As an academic librarian, he worked as the head of the acquisitions and cataloging department at the University of Münster from 1995 to 2001. From 2002 to 2005, he served as deputy director at the Göttingen State and University Library. He became the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek’s deputy director general in 2005 and was promoted to director general in April 2015. Klaus Ceynowa serves on numerous German and international library-related committees, among others on the advisory committee of the Goethe Institute and on the board of the German Digital Library.