#FREIRÄUMESCHAFFEN (CLEARING SPACE)– The German Digital Library at the Library Congress in Leipzig

By Katrin Kovačić and Claudia Effenberger

From 31 May. - 02.06.2022, Bibliothek & Information Deutschland (Library & Information Germany)(BID) organised the 8th Library Congress in the Congress Center Leipzig, which was also the 110th German Library Art Day. Under the motto # FreiräumeSchaffen, the congress has invited visitors to discuss current challenges and important future issues in the library and information sector. The partner country this year was the Czech Republic. 

The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (German Digital Library) was also represented with a booth this year and was available for information, questions and demonstrations of the various services and services. In addition, the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek contributed two lectures.

Unser Stand: ein Farbtupfer, der ins Auge sticht
Our booth: a splash of colour that catches the eye

In her presentation, Lisa Landes presented the German newspaper portal launched in autumn 2021. The German Newspaper Portal provides free access to digitised historical newspapers from German cultural and knowledge institutions. It is a sub-portal of the German Digital Library and brings together newspaper holdings and collections, making them visible online and accessible free of charge. Users can access newspaper content in the German Newspaper Portal via a full-text search or find newspapers by title, place of publication or date of publication.

Thanks to the live streaming, the lecture reached not only the audience in the fully occupied hall, but also on the home screens. Not only after the lecture, but distributed throughout the fair, the interest in the German Newspaper Portal was great at our stand. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your overwhelming interest and praise.

Der persönliche Austausch hat uns sehr gefehlt
We missed the personal exchange very much

Alan Riedel presented the topic "Metadataphilia" or "Actionable Data"? - Mediation Approaches for Digitised Cultural Assets". The focus of the lecture was on the possibilities of the Deutschen Digitalen Bibliothek as a place of cultural mediation, and the first results of the project "User-oriented restructuring of the Deutschen Digitalen Bibliothek" were presented. The event, which took place in the "Freiraum22", which is the motto of the congress, allowed a relaxed exchange and was great fun for all participants.

Unser Team am war auf alle Fragen vorbereitet und freut sich auf das nächste Jahr
Our team was prepared for all questions and is looking forward to the next year

After preparing and looking forward to the Library Congress for so long, the days have flown by. Thank you for the many visits to the stand, your interest and the many questions. We are already looking forward to the trade fair next year!