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Subject: EXTRA -- changes (?) at the Bib.s Nationale & de France (22 Jan 94) January 22, 1994 FYIFrance: EXTRA -- changes (?) at the Bib.s Nationale & de France by: Jack Kessler firstname.lastname@example.org Two items: 1) changes (?) at the Bibliothe`ques Nationale & de France 2) FYI FRANCE 0115: Caen, and Prestel and Minitel -- a certain rumor *** 1) changes (?) at the Bibs. Nationale & de France For any of you interested in the Bibliothe`que de France and the Bibliothe`que Nationale, or in French politics, and for any librarian, the following news: The Bibliothe`que Nationale and the Bibliothe`que de France (the latter is the "TGB / Tre's Grande Bibliothe`que" project, which has received so much attention), just have been merged into a single administrative entity, the "Bibliothe`que Nationale de France". Its President is Jean Favier, who has been director of the French National Archives, and its Director - Ge'ne'ral is Philippe Belaval, mai^tre des reque^tes of the Conseil d'Etat. Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, former Administrateur Ge'ne'ral of the BN, has been named President of the conseil scientifique of the new BNdeF. -- as reported on BIBLIO-FR (summarized and translated by jk), and announced in the "Journal Officiel" n. 2 of January 2-4, 1994, decret n. 94-3, page 149. What does "all this mean"? Not a lot, perhaps, although readers here may know more than I do about Messrs. Favier and Belaval, knowledge which may enable them to reach specific conclusions about the BNdeF's future. M. Dominique Jamet no longer is involved, but that is a political decision which came as no surprise to anyone, after the change of national government which occurred last Spring. Professor Le Roy Ladurie's continuing presence is reassuring, even if he is not to be President, as some had predicted: perhaps rumors of his return to full - time writing have not been "greatly exaggerated" -- for now he may work to ensure that BN librarians get heard in the new establishment. Still to come, however, is news of the project itself. How much electronic access is there going to be? How much "informatisation"? How many texts initially will be "digitized"? (That last target has wandered from initial estimates of 300,000 to 450,000, then to 150,000 and most recently back to perhaps 100,000.) The financial problems of the BNdeF, and of France generally, are enormous now. What will emerge, at the end, of the original French Presidential mandate not only to provide a new house for the printed objects of the BN but to provide access to the texts which they contain, and to the public? *** 2) FYI FRANCE 0115: Caen, and Prestel and Minitel -- a certain rumor a) In a correction to the January 15 issue of FYI FRANCE, please note the following change of address: from -- 126.96.36.199 Bibliothe`que Universitaire de Caen (login as BUSCIENCES) to -- caen1.unicaen.fr Bibliothe`que Universitaire de Caen; username : Bibliotheque or Library an error which did an injustice to one of the original, and better, efforts in France to make full use of online library capacities. b) I also have to downgrade my report of Prestel's acquisition by Minitel, from the status of established fact to that of respectable rumor. Oh well, at least corrections from readers mean that your stuff is being read. Jack Kessler email@example.com ISSN 1071 - 5916 end XXX FYI France (sm)(tm) e - newsletter ISSN 1071 - 5916 * | FYI France (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 FYI France 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. FYI France archives are at http://infolib.berkeley.edu (search for FYIFrance), or via gopher to infolib.berkeley.edu 72 (path: 3. Electronic Journals (Library-Oriented)/ 6. FYIFrance/ , or http://www.univ-rennes1.fr/LISTESfirstname.lastname@example.org/ (BIBLIO-FR econference archive), or via telnet to a.cni.org , login brsuser (PACS / PACS-L econference archive), or at http://www.fyifrance.com . Suggestions, reactions, criticisms, praise, and poison - pen letters all will be gratefully received at email@example.com . Copyright 1992- by Jack Kessler, all rights reserved.
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