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From kessler July 15 1992
July 15, 1992 FYI France : Some new information sources by Jack Kessler firstname.lastname@example.org Two new ideas for those of you who have been wondering what's been happening at the Bibliothe`que de France and in French libraries generally: 1) The Bibliothe`que de France's "3615 Tolbiac" information service now has been launched on Minitel. It presents a very good overview and current events summary for anyone wishing to obtain an introduction to the B.de France controversy or for someone wanting to catch up with the latest news. For those of you who haven't yet used Minitel: this is the same Minitel service which is so omnipresent -- 6 million distributed terminals, many millions more free distributed pc software, every hotel, home, and bicycle shop -- in France. Joint ventures now have been launched with four of the US BabyBells -- Pacific Telesis' is called "101 Online" -- but still the easiest thing is to telephone (914) 694-6266 and request their free pc or MAC diskette. The simple login procedure on the diskette will set up an account which will bill to your VISA card. Use charges vary from free to many dollars per minute, but there is a great deal of interest which you can reach for under 30 cents per minute. Minitel will give you access to about 14,000 French online services, including the French telephone books and train schedules and the CNRS' enormous PASCAL/FRANCIS (their online "Bulletin Signaletique"), and now including many library services and an increasing number of French online public access catalogs (all the bibliothe`ques municipales are working hard on this). All the services are divided among a set of different "kiosk" numbers, which correspond to different rates of fee for their use. These are "3614", "3615", "3616", etc.: numbers which you enter from your main Minitel screen (in the US I believe you still must use the prefix "F" before the above numbers to connect to France). The Minitel "Guide des Services", reached by entering "MGS" from the main screen, is an incomplete but still very useful indexing system for finding service names and kiosk numbers (The Bibliothe`que de France's "Tolbiac" is on 3615.) 2) For those of you who simply can't get enough of Parisian controversy, the latest issue of _Le De'bat_ (mai-aou^t 1992 nume'ro 70, ISSN 0246-2346) contains a hair-raising article by the journal's director, Pierre Nora, dredging up all the criticism and juicy gossip which has been flung against the B.de France project so far, and flinging it once again. Nora is not a fan of the Bibliothe`que de France. His renewed attack is seconded by George Le Rider, in a second piece subtitled "...des correctifs insuffisants." These two are followed, however, by three articles on the impending grave problems of, respectively, the university libraries, the Sorbonne library, and the BPI library at the Beaubourg Centre Pompidou. This naive outsider wonders whether, if Nora and other critics have such violent objections to the solutions being proposed for the Bibliothe`que Nationale collection, they might have some constructive suggestions for what apparently is a deteriorating situation among French libraries generally, according to their own journal? *** ISSN 1071 - 5916 end XXX FYIFrance (sm)(tm) e - newsletter ISSN 1071 - 5916 * | FYIFrance (sm)(tm) is a monthly electronic newsletter, | published since 1992 as a small - scale, personal, | experiment, in the creation of large - scale | "information overload", by Jack Kessler. Any material / \ written by me which appears in FYIFrance may be ----- copied and used by anyone for any good purpose, so // \\ long as, a) they give me credit and show my e - mail --------- address and, b) it isn't going to make them money: if // \\ if it is going to make them money, they must get my permission in advance, and share some of the money which they get with me. Use of material written by others requires their permission. FYIFrance archives may be reached online at http://infolib.berkeley.edu , or via gopher to infolib.berkeley.edu 72 (path: 3. Electronic Journals (Library-Oriented)/ 6. FYIFrance/ or http://www.univ-rennes1.fr/LISTESemail@example.com/ (BIBLIO-FR econference archive), or gopher.well.sf.ca.us , or via telnet to a.cni.org , login brsuser (PACS / PACS-L econference archive). Suggestions, reactions, criticisms, praise, and poison - pen letters all will be gratefully received at firstname.lastname@example.org . Copyright 1992- by Jack Kessler, all rights reserved.
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