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by Jack Kessler,

January 15, 2011 issue. This file presents an archive copy of the issue of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which was distributed via email on January 15, 2011 - and, a little later, on, and at Facebook-Jack Kessler's Wall-

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Versions of the following have appeared online regularly, since 1992, as a feature of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which is distributed for free via email every month except August. Ejournal subscriptions may be obtained via email request to:

Here this file is one of a number made available - hopefully attractively, all in one place, and relevant to libraries and online digital information work in France and Europe - as part of FYI France (sm)(tm), an online service to which anyone can subscribe for 12 months by postal mailing a check for US $45, payable to Jack Kessler, to PO Box 460668, San Francisco, California, USA 94146 (site licenses also are available): please write your email address on the front of your check. And you can pay via PayPal, on the FYI France homepage:

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Recent books on libraries,
digital & other,
in France


It's not all online, yet... and even if it is, it's not really very easy to find things there, yet, so "books" & "catalogs" still are very useful - and libraries there as elsewhere are leaders in "digital" information -


And a Note:

One entry has been added, here, which did not appear in the original version distributed via email on January 15 - for the book by Mouren addresses a topic of timely interest in several places now, as in an age of "government cutbacks" the library "donation" is of increased importance, it seems, along with the many special issues and problems associated with such donations.

And, for bibliographic purists -

The "character set" for the above entry, which very interestingly is published in Turkey, appears "Romanized", here - "ISO-8859-1-ised" - not because Unicode and other norms nowadays might not do a better job, but because Internet marketing realities are such that the latter standards are not (yet?) fully-implemented among all the FYI France readers - or at least every time I try to use them I get some irate email back from Lhasa or Limoges or Lowell Mass. or Vladivostok, complaining that my "French accents look funny"... still, after all these years...

So, in keeping with the axiom that "the customer is king", I bow to another just as holy, in marketing, and "reduce to the lowest (?) common denominator" - IMO until the Internet deals better with both, it will continue to be a beta.

As well it should, perhaps, Umberto Eco having suggested that "The Search for the Perfect Language" (1955) perhaps is an undertaking which not only cannot succeed but might even be one with which we would not want to live, in its final squeaky-clean & too tidy & trains-running-on-time results.

And, authoritatively too, Tron : Legacy just reconfirmed Eco, only this year, this very month in fact. It seems that "perfection" necessarily breeds "imperfections" - at least in application, and whenever one is dealing with mere humans... while robots, on the other hand... See also Battlestar Galactica, Asimov, many others.

So for now the cite appears here in ASCII. There is one Unicode character : see if you can find it! The Turkish characters appear as-promised. But Lhasa & Limoges & Lowell Mass. & Vladivostok please forebear - I'll install the ASCII there too if you gently request it, maybe "comme c,a". :-)

Bonne 2011!


Jack Kessler,






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