Specialised Information Service (Fachinformationsdienst, FID) on Educational Science and Education Research

The Specialised Information Service (Fachinformationsdienst, FID) on Educational Science and Education Research is a project funded since January 2015 by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and being jointly conducted by five institutions: the German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF) in Frankfurt am Main, specifically its Information Centre on Education (Informationszentrum Bildung, IZB); the DIPF’s Research Library for the History of Education (BBF) in Berlin; the libraries of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and Humboldt University Berlin; and the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research (GEI). The aim of the Specialised Information Service is to work with institutions in and representatives of the disciplines of education sciences and research into education (including higher education) to ensure that those working in these fields have extensive and reliable access to specialist information and literature, wherever they are conducting their research.

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 be evolved 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 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 sub-Saharan Africa and from Western and East Asia. 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.

Project Team

Project Cooperations

Project Duration

  • 2015 - 2017


  • the German Research Foundation (DFG) (2015 - 2018)


Anke Hertling

Representative director / Directorial Board / Library

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