Esther Chen

Head of Library


Esther Chen studied comparative literature and Polish language and literature at the Free University and the Humboldt University in Berlin. Parallel to her studies she worked in the Literaturhandlung zum Judentum (Bookshop for Judaica), where she was responsible for organising cultural events.

After completing her studies she taught at the Institute for Slavic Studies at the Humboldt University and participated in the project entitled "Comparisons and interconnections within European scientific cultures" at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt an der Oder, before carrying out training for academic librarianship at the Central and Regional Library in Berlin. From 2011–2012 she worked as an academic assistant for the German parliamentary committee of enquiry into "Internet and digital society."

Before taking up her most recent post at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Esther Chen worked at the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research as chief librarian from 2012–2015.


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Selected Publications

Chen, E. (2016). Die Bibliothek als Verlag? Bibliotheken verorten sich (neu) als Partner im Rahmen wissenschaftlichen Publizierens. In K. Umlauf, K. U. Werner, & A. Kaufmann (Eds.), Strategien für die Bibliothek als Ort: Festschrift für Petra…

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Pramann, B., Drechsler, J., Chen, E., & Strötgen, R. (2016). Subject indexing of textbooks: challenges in the construction of a discovery system. In A. F. X. Wilhelm, & H. A. Kestler (Eds.), Analysis of large and complex data (pp. 621-627)…

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Baum, C., & Chen, E. (2016). Peer Review-Verfahren und ihre Rahmenbedingungen. DHd: Digital Humanities im Deutschsprachigen Raum; Working Papers, (3), 1-4.

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Chen, E. (2015). Gemeinsame Strategie notwendig: Podiumsdiskussion "Wissenschaftsschranke im Urheberrecht; eine Chance für Urheber, Verlage und Wissenschaft?". BuB: Forum Bibliothek und Information, 67(02-03), 84-85.

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Die Bibliothek als Verlag? Bibliotheken als Dienstleister im Rahmen wissenschaftlichen Publizierens