After a successful first phase (2015-2017) the German Research Foundation (DFG) agreed in 2018 to fund the second phase of the ‘Specialised Information Service (FID) on Educational Science and Education Research’. The FID comprises five partner institutions: the Information Center for Education (IZB) in Frankfurt am Main and the Library for Research on the History of Education (BBF) in Berlin - both departments of the German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF); the university library of the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg; the university library of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research (GEI). Working with researchers in the disciplines of education studies and higher education research the Specialised Information Service (FID) is a location-independent resource providing specialist literature and information.
Specialised Information Services are generally provided by libraries which had previously held special subject collections in their areas of specialism. In seeking to take greater account of digital publications and develop services closely aligned to the needs of their target groups, the five institutions collaborating on this project are responding to the DFG’s recommendation that the special subject collections evolve into Specialised Information Services.
The GEI’s research library, as part of the consortium of institutions running this Specialised Information Service, is continuing and advancing its successful track record as the holder of a special subject collection for textbooks and educational media. In the context of the project, the library will be increasing its purchases of textbooks from outside Europe, using DFG funding to expand its collections of works from the USA, Australia and Oceania. Further, it will be focusing on providing reliable access to digital textbooks from around the world; the Institute is thus currently developing a strategy for collecting digital educational media, making them available to researchers in electronic format, and archiving them appropriately. It is also working on technical solutions for multimedia, digital textbooks and those in interactive formats.
- German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF), Information Centre on Education (Informationszentrum Bildung, IZB) in Frankfurt and DIPF’s Research Library for the History of Education (BBF) in Berlin
- Libraries of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
- University Library of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
- 2018 - 2020
- the German Research Foundation (DFG) (2015 - 2018)