University course
Historical Collections

The university course provides basic competencies in the professional handling of historical book collections, taking into account historical conditions and current frameworks. Lecture units, practical exercises, and excursions cover the diversity of this material cultural heritage in its manuscript or printed form. Including digital reproduction forms, different methods of proper care and processing are presented.

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Registration Organisational Information


Certificate of the University of Innsbruck

1 Month/ 8 ECTS-AP

Study Code
UC 992 003 003


1.450 EUR



The right course for me?

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Qualification profile


  • can access and manage historical book collections
  • can summarize the evolution of document forms
  • are familiar with the basics of media and publishing history
  • are knowledgeable about aspects of historical book production, distribution, and reception and can relate them to each other.
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Target group

Individuals interested in working or aspiring to work in the field of information management, particularly in:

  • Libraries
  • Information and documentation centers
  • Archives and related institutions
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The university course is aimed at employees in academic libraries, archives, and museums, as well as other cultural and information institutions, as well as researchers, educators, and students in relevant fields of "book sciences".



Mag. Monika Schneider-Jakob, MAS
University and State Library Tyrol
Innrain 50 
6020 Innsbruck

+43 512 507-2459

Michael Pilz

assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr. Michael Pilz

2001-2005: Studied Library and Information Science at the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK).
2006-2011: Diploma programme in German Philology at the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck.
2011-2013: Doctoral programme in Literature and Cultural Studies (dissertation field: German Philology) at the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck.
April 2014: Assumption of the management of the Innsbruck Newspaper Archive / IZA as assistant professor at the Institute of German Studies at the Leopold Franzens University of Innsbruck
February 2020: Habilitation in Modern German Literature at the University of Innsbruck.
2020 ff: Associate Professor at the Institute of German Studies at the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck.
Since 2017 Michael Pilz has been academic director of the university course Library and Information Studies.

  • Mag. Roland Sila
    Tirolean State Museum Ferdinandeum
  • Dr. Michaela Frick
    The Federal Monuments Office
  • Judith Emprechtinger
  • Mag. Markus Weithas Designforum Tirol
    WEI SRAUM Innsbruck
  • Mag. Norbert Schnetzer
    Vorarlberg State Library
  • Mag. Peter Zerlauth, Mag. Anna Pinter, Dr. Claudia Schretter-Picker, Mag. Vera-Maria Kathrein, Mag. Patrik Kennel
    University and State Library Tyrol,
    Department for Special Collections
  • Dr. Ursula Stampfer
    Bavarian State Library


16.09.2024 - 20.09.2024
 09:00 - 16:30

14.10.2024 - 18.10.2024
 09:00 - 16:30


Universitäts- und
Landesbibliothek Tirol
Schulungsraum Hauptbibliothek
EG, Innrain 50, 6020 Innsbruck


The course "Book Knowledge and Management of Historical Book Collections" introduces participants to various document forms, their development, and their peculiarities. Participants are familiarized with the appropriate handling and professional processing of historical book collections. This includes the basics of management, such as acquisition and cataloging of historical materials based on binding methods, specific regulations, and auxiliary tools, as well as the use of historical collections and their preservation. Additionally, the course covers methods and tools for digitizing historical documents and associated research and work areas.

The course "Book and Media Research" addresses central aspects of book and media history. It introduces the development of librarianship and discusses various aspects of historical book production, distribution, and reception, including printing and publishing, printed materials, censorship and early publishing, antiquarian and auction activities, as well as provenance research. It focuses on book forms, writing media, writing, printing methods, and elements of artistic design. The course spans to the "modern" book, thus highlighting the continuity of many elements of historical book collections with regard to contemporary analog and digital book production and design.

The course "Exhibition Management and Legal Foundations" presents possibilities and limitations of museum presentation of historical book collections. Participants not only deal with the administrative handling of loans but are also guided in independently developing an exhibition concept. Legal, security, and conservation basics are conveyed for this purpose.

During the elaboration of practical questions, participants are guided to apply and deepen their acquired knowledge. The course content and practical transfer cover the various disciplines involved in historical book collections. With the diverse and rich historical collections at the Special Collections Department of the University and State Library Tyrol, ideal conditions exist for application-oriented work with original objects.


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