Since October 2013 you will find a new collection titled "Kids collection" at the library.
The collection contains interesting and funny mathematics books for children from preschool age up to the elementary school age. The books are lendable and can be taken home.
We would be pleased to receive your suggestions and ideas for other nice children's books.
On time for the new school year, ca. 200 books from the library of the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences will go on a journey to visit different schools in Leipzig.
Sorted into 5 boxes focusing on specific topics, these books will stay at the school libraries for one semester. In this way, they will be available as a reference to look up important facts or just for browsing and can even be borrowed by the students.
The project was devised by trainees of the Institute's library to give students of all ages an idea of the variety of mathematical literature. Last year, this book collection already traveled through 9 Leipzig high schools with big success - we were happy to welcome many new readers. The project is supported by the Office for Youth, Family and Education and the School Librarian Office.
Our institute is an international one. Not just because research works on an international level but because the institute's members come from all parts of the world. You realize this cultural and language diversity walking through the corridors of the institute hearing people talk in many different languages and trying the meals and drinks at our annual summer party which are prepared by the scientists.
Staff and trainees of the library are trying to gain a basic understanding of languages and scripts in order to learn more about the scientists and because in our new LIS the main entry for our scientists shall be in the particular native language and script. Therefore one of our trainees designed posters for six languages more or less frequently used at our institute, each containing a brief overview of characters, pronounciation and rules of grammar. The material used had been collected from books and online ressources over the years.
Please feel free to reuse the posters for your own purposes.
Our trainees are regularly involved in organising and realising events in the institute or the library. Annual events like the Girl's Day, the Campus Days and especially the institute's Christmas party could hardly be imagined without the enthusiasm and creativity of our young colleagues.
Another opportunity for our trainees to prove their organising skills are library meetings and workshops. They book rooms for the event, make block bookings of hotel rooms, order catering and reserve tables for dinner. Offering library tours for pupils and guests in German as well as English are as familiar to them as the frequent introductions for scientists.
The Choice Book collection has an eminent position in our library. These more than 1000 books picked by the institute's founding director, Prof. Zeidler, enjoy great popularity amongst our scientists - thus we also call it the chocolate collection.
To do justice to the great importance of this collection we highlighted the books covering them in new dust jackets. Our trainees coordinated and realised the measuring of the books, foliation of the dust jackets and the covering itself.
In 2006 the library got a new corporate design. Our trainee Cornelia Kloß actively participated in the development and designed a library logo, borrower's cards and new maps of the library. We also created a new appearance for our website in order to use the recognition effect as a long-term marketing tool.
In our reading room there are two exhibition spaces. Our trainees regularly plan and realize exhibitions for these spaces. Topics are for example outstanding personalities like the Dutch graphic artist M. C. Escher or awards important in the field of mathematics or the sciences like the Nobel Prize, the Abel Prize or the Fields Medal.
The Leipzig Info Point is supposed to help our guests learn more about the city in which they live and work. We provide useful everyday information on public authorities, service providers, foreign-language doctors and public transportation timetables.
We also present the city of Leipzig with its history, sights and buildings and famous personalities. There are illustrated books, travel guides and even an encyclopedia about Leipzig.
Moreover we try to acquaint the scientists with the cultural and culinary life of Leipzig by providing a restaurant guide and displaying up-to-date flyers and leaflets with information on events, museums, castles etc.
Catalogue enrichment is one of the bigger projects in our library. In other words the bibliographically parts of our books will be scanned in, such as cover, spine and contents. The resulting pdf will be displayed in our catalog.
To accomplish this task we hired scan employees. Thereby we are working together with the employees of the sheltered workshops in Leipzig, such as the Diakonie am Thonberg.
Our trainees are responsible contact persons for the scan employees and assist them in dealing with the book- and flatbed scanners in times of training and supporting.
For the best results of the scans, they also carry out the check-up.
The junior library has been initiated to give our 1st year trainees the opportunity to practice and improve their cataloguing skills.
Non-circulation duplicates are catalogued by our trainees using the autopsi principle and ISBD format. They write the bibliographic descriptions down on index cards. The books are shelved separately in the trainees' office in accession order and the index cards are arranged alphabetically by author's name or title and stored in a card tray.
By means of this little "mini-library" the trainees can experiment and improve their understanding of several aspects of a library.