Hacken and Anderson visit Stuttgart

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Leaving the rarefied atmosphere of the Opelbad, Dick and I headed to the station to catch the next ICE train to Stuttgart. There we were met by Dr. Klaus Schreiber, emeritus head of acquisitions at the Württembergische Landesbibliothek, Stuttgart. Klaus is familiar to a number of us WESSies through his online review journal Informationsmittel: IFB (http://ifb.bsz-bw.de), many of whose reviews are translated and abstracted in on-line and print journal Reference Reviews Europe (more below).

Klaus hosted us grandly, not only in being a fantastic guide to Stuttgart and environs, new and historical, artistic and technological, but also as a great cook. We began our tour atop the Fernsehturm (http://www.fernsehturmstuttgart.com; -- insert Dick's picture of the three of us), whence we could see far, all round the valley in which the city lies. Our tour included the city of Esslingen am Neckar (sister city to Sheboygan, Wisconsin), both an historic city and home to a large manufacturing plant in the Daimler Benz consortium, as well as a major Bildungszentrum for the company.

Of particular interest to me as an ex-GI with military service in Germany during the Cold War was a drive through the town of Ostfildern (www.ostfildern.de), a city created in 1975 from four villages, one of which was Nellingen (first mentioned in 1120) and best known to Americans as the site of the Nellingen Barracks US Army base (1945-1992 – see http://www.billybils.de). In 1996 most of this major installation was torn down to make way for a planned town called Scharnhauser Park for working-class and other middle-income denizens, and the project has won major awards. Our drive concluded with a leisurely drive through the hills and the beautiful Weinberge, up to the original mountain of Württemberg, atop which sits the sepulchral chapel to Queen Katharina von Württemberg (http://www.grabkapelle-rotenberg.de), who died in 1819 at the age of 30. The next day was an extended walking tour of the city – in beautiful fall weather – and its museums, markets, and the historic Hauptbahnhof Stuttgart (http://www.stgt.com/stuttgart/bahnhofd.htm), the locus of a mammoth, long-term, and greatly contested railroad-relocation and urban-core redevelopment project called Stuttgart 21 (http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,710388,00.html).

Reference Reviews Europe

A double issue of Reference Reviews Europe Annual, volume 15/16, will appear this spring. Supported and published by Casalini Libri, RREA features 200 abstracted review of German-language reference and bibliographical works published in 2009 and 2010, as well as 27 original reviews, by WESS colleagues, of non-German Continental reference works. The content of volume 15/16 will appear almost simultaneously in Reference Reviews Europe Online (¬¬RREO -- http://rre.casalini.it). CALL FOR ABSTRACTORS. RRE offers a unique and valuable research and publication opportunity for WESSies with a knowledge of German. The editors select IFB reviews to be translated and condensed (abstracted) into RRE, making these valuable reviews accessible to North American and other English-speaking scholarly audiences. Plans are also underway for the next issue, RREA 17 (covering publication year 2011), which will feature some special thematic sections (still to be fixed). CALL FOR REVIEWERS. RRE also provides the opportunity for all WESSies to contribute to the scholarly information and documentation process through critical reviews of new reference resources from the rest of Europe. This is a robust, growing part of RRE, and we welcome your participation. Contact Rebecca Malek-Wiley (malek@tulane.edu) or me (ganderso@umn.edu) for more information and to sign up!

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