FYI France

File 3: Ejournal and archive

by Jack Kessler,

March 15, 2013 issue. This file presents an archive copy of the issue of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which was distributed via email on March 15, 2013 -- and, a little later, on, and at Facebook-Jack Kessler's Notes

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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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FYI France: best libraries-in-France resource, le BBF


T he resources are many, on libraries and library work in France, digital libraries and other, the moreso since the development of the Ouebbe, la toile. The French have been thinking about their libraries for a millennium and more: Naudé composed his Advis pour dresser une bibliothèque, in 1627 --

-- and collections in France possess manuscripts from Charlemagne's library assembled by Alcuin, in the 800s -- and back well before then, when France was Roman, the grand estates of Gaul held scrolls and codices... Information Management, and Transitions in Media, are not inventions of the Digital Age, and both can be studied in a single culture in France: it is a fascinating history.

Since the more recent advent of the digital, then, libraries in France have been accessible online: before 1992 -- before the Ouebbe and the toile, which exploded onto the Internet the following year -- the Minitel already was offering access to a dozen major libraries in France to the general public, unlike the Internet of that pre-W3 era --

And always there has been much discussion, and debate -- the French do love to discuss and debate -- as per their centuries of printed books and periodicals, decades of Minitel services, more recently e-conferences such as biblio-fr, e-resources such as Gallica, BnF podcasts, excellent online reference services such as the BM Lyon's Guichet du savoir...

Discussion and debate, and information, about libraries and library work in France, have been readily available in the recent digital age as in all the other ages through which French librarianship has prospered, or sometimes barely-survived, over its past 2000-plus years.


Best among these resources currently is the BBF, the Bulletin des bibliothèques de France, published by the national school of "information sciences and libraries", in versions both accessibly-formatted online -- (fulltext-archived back to 1956, and yes with very-useful article summaries / abstracts in English, German and Spanish)

-- and elegantly-printed offline and available by subscription --

The BBF also provides interesting "e-Dossiers": short and systematic summaries and discussions and extensions of the general topic, of the quarterly published articles, plus useful additional links and bibliography -- available for the current issue on the BBF home page, and as a separate item in each archived issue, for example,


The current BBF issue offers a stellar example of how useful all of this can be: current-issue articles, conference-reports, review-titles --


So, dust-off that rusty French -- read through a Résumé or Abstract or Zusammenfassung or Resumen or two, or several -- tackle an article or three: