by Jack Kessler, firstname.lastname@example.org
January 15, 2015 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, 2015.
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: email@example.com
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. Please email suggestions for improvements to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
"The Arab World Institute (in French: Institut du Monde Arabe, abbreviated "IMA") is an organization founded in Paris in 1980 by 18 Arab countries, with France, to research and disseminate information about the Arab world and its cultural and spiritual values. The Institute also promotes cooperation and exchanges between France and the Arab nations, particularly in the areas of science and technology, contributing to the understanding between the Arab world and Europe...
"The IMA is located... on rue des Fossés Saint Bernard in the 5th arrondissement of Paris... It was constructed from 1981 to 1987 and has floor space of 181,850 square feet (16,894 m2). Architecture-Studio, together with Jean Nouvel, won the 1981 design competition with a highly original plan for a difficult site that, over the years, has proven to be a successful design solution...
"...the southwest facade is an uncompromisingly rectangular glass-clad curtain wall. It faces a large square public space that opens toward the Ile de la Cité and Notre Dame. Visible behind the glass wall, a metallic screen unfolds with moving geometric motifs. The motifs are actually 240 photo-sensitive motor-controlled apertures, or shutters, which act as a sophisticated brise-soleil that automatically opens and closes to control the amount of light and heat entering the building from the sun. The mechanism creates interior spaces with filtered light, an effect often used in Islamic architecture with its climate-oriented strategies. The innovative use of technology and success of the building's design catapulted Nouvel to fame and is one of the cultural reference points of Paris... The building houses a museum, library, auditorium, restaurant, and offices..."
-- and for good images, references, and more detail, see the Wikipedia version in French --
"The library of the IMA is closed in 2015. To follow its mission and better serve its public, the library now is engaged in a vast project of modernization which will involve, simultaneously, its information system, its documentation policy, its services, and its spaces.
"The principal phases of the project are as follows -- as of August 22, 2014 --
Phase 1: January-April 2014 -- complete inventory of the collections
Phase 2: June-October 2014 -- collection-"désherbage" (literally "weeding"... :-) JK.)
Phase 3: July 2014 - February 2015 -- architectural work to renovate the spaces
Phase 4: February 2015 -- move the collections
Phase 5: March 2015 -- re-installation -- expected to take 9 months
"follow the progress of the project"
"The library of the Institut du Monde Arabe (bibliothèque de l'Institut du monde arabe / BIMA) presents, from its encyclopedic and multilingual collections, the culture and the civilization of the Arab World. The library thus supports one of the objectives of the IMA: to develop and deepen in France the study, the knowledge, and the understanding of the Arab World, of its language, of its civilization, and of its efforts to develop. Focussed deliberately on the contemporary period, the BIMA equally assembles sources of classical Arab culture. It thus satisfies the needs of both specialists and of the larger public. Access is open, free-of-charge, and requires no formal registration. The consultation of documents takes place on the premises, loans are not possible.
"There also is a Médiathèque for young people, devoted to youth to age 12. There is an animation space with a bi-weekly story-hour, also a resource-center about youth literature for professionals -- students, librarians, documentarists, and médiateurs of The Book -- thanks to its collection of many thousands of books for children in French, in Arabic, and bilingual. On its website the library suggests thematic bibliographies for scholars, glimpses of youth literature works, and documentary resources."
"Conscious of the importance of The Digital in the diffusion of knowledge, the Bibliothèque de l'Institut du Monde Arabe has begun an ambitious project of digital recon of its collections, in partnership with the Grande Bibliothèque d'Alexandrie in Egypt.
"An initial selection of titles is composed of works outside of copyright. This selection covers domains as diverse as philosophy, linguistics, literature, history, travel literature, and art. The following search engine is available and will accept inquiries in both the Arabic and Latin alphabets --
http://ima.bibalex.org/IMA/presentation/home/list.jsf [the following tr. JK]
"Working to establish bridges between Arab and European cultures, the Institut du Monde Arabe energetically pursues its mission which envisages the introduction and digital diffusion of Arab cultures to Europeans. Thus the partnership between the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the Institut du Monde Arabe has created a digital library of more than 1166 works and 19 periodicals titles, all in the public domain and available to students, researchers, and Internet-users throughout the entire world.
"To provide access to the knowledge of all, and bridge the cultural gap among nations, the preservation of the rich collection of the library of the Institut du Monde Arabe has been undertaken to serve future generations; and this through the expertise of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in digitization. The collection has been digitized and mounted online with a user-friendly interface providing navigation tools and other necessary facilities for research.
[And here this remarkable effort presents a fascinating pilot-collection as follows:
Art - 70
General subjects 48
History and geography -- 439
Linguistics -- 119
Literature -- 199
Philosophy -- 21
Religion -- 179
Applied Sciences, Medicine, Technology -- 37
Exact Sciences, Natural Sciences -- 21
Social Sciences -- 39
-- so, for example,
Notes sur les philosophes arabes connus des latins au Moyen age
Volume 1 (80 Pages) [link to the text -- JK]
Volume 2 (80 Pages) [link to the text -- JK]
Date de publication: 1922-1923
Ville: Beyrouth (61)
Livre: Philosophie (21)
Editeur: Impr. catholique
Nombre de Volumes: 2
Auteur: BOUYGES, P. M
- Philosophie arabe (18)
- philosophe (1)
- traduction (3)
- manuscrit ibn rusd (1)
-- or, for another example,
Recueil de questions proposées a une société de savants, qui par ordre de Sa Majesté danoise font le voyage de l'Arabie
Lecture approfondie: Cliquez ici... [link to the text -- JK]
Date de publication: 1774
Livre: Histoire et géographie (439)
Editeur: Chez S.J. Baalde
Nombre de Volumes: 1
- Michaelis, Johann David
- Mérian, Jean-Bernard
- Peninsule arabique (9)
- Arabie (1)
-- alors, soit... -- catalogue + bibliothèque --
Jack Kessler, email@example.com
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