Klaus Haller (Librarian)

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Klaus Haller (born November 26, 1939 in Gablonz an der Neisse ; † November 25, 2011 in Karlsfeld ) was a German librarian, musicologist, composer and choir director.

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Haller was born in Gablonz an der Neisse in 1939 and grew up in Tannwald in the Sudetenland. The expulsion brought him to Otterbach in Hesse with two siblings and his mother. The family got together with their father in Munich in 1950, after which they settled in Karlsfeld. Haller attended the Ludwigs-Oberrealschule and then studied music and religious studies as well as art history in Munich; he graduated with a doctorate in musicology.

From 1972 he was a lecturer at the Bavarian Library Academy . From 1980 he was in charge of the catalog department of the Bavarian State Library as chief library director ; he was also head of the commission for alphabetical cataloging of the German Library Institute (DBI) for many years . During this time he accompanied the introduction of the rules for alphabetical cataloging in academic library systems (RAK-WB), which replaced the 19th century Prussian Instructions (PI) as library rules.

Two of Haller's books became standard works : his textbook cataloging according to the RAK-WB from 1981 saw six editions (the last one in 2003) and his catalog customer from 1983 had three editions.

Haller's musical work, which was partly created in collaboration with the clergyman Matthias Pöschl (1924–2007), includes around 600 choral movements as well as several masses. Haller was also the leader of various singing groups in Karlsfeld for many years.

Works (selection)


  • with Hans Popst: Cataloging according to the RAK-WB. An introduction to the rules for alphabetical cataloging in academic libraries. Saur, Munich 1981; 6th, revised and updated edition 2003, ISBN 3-598-11626-8 .
  • Catalog customer. Saur, Munich 1983; 3rd, expanded edition 1998, ISBN 3-598-11364-1 .


  • Klaus Haller (music), Matthias Pöschl (text): Bavarian Cäcilienmesse. Fischer, Kirchheim 1985.


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