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From: Jack Kessler 
Subject: French Libraries Online (Selected) (15 Jun 94)

		French Libraries Online (Selected)

			June 15, 1994 update

by: 	Jack Kessler


A) Libraries
	1) Minitel "kiosk" libraries
	2) Minitel "V23" Direct - Dial Libraries
	3) telnet (ie. from the Internet)
	4) WAIS
	5) President's Report, Conseil Supe'rieur des Bibliothe`ques
B) Fulltext
	1) anonymous ftp sites
	2) gophers
	3) Fulltext archives
C) Discussion
	1) Electronic Conferences
	2) Usenet
	3) "Frognet"

A) Libraries
		1) Minitel "kiosk" Libraries. 

These now may be reached from nearly anywhere via Minitel. Minitel is
generally available in Europe. In the UK, Minitel is expanding, and is
rumored to be acquiring the Prestel service.  Free MAC or DOS diskettes
for Minitel -- some downloading capacity now is available -- may be
obtained in the US and Canada from voice telephone 800-MINITEL or fax
212-399-0129. (They will fax you a form.) Access policies do change
from time to time. Access to all of this is very IN- expensive:

3615 BMLYON   Bibliothe`que Municipale de Lyon (info.+ opac)
3614 BMDIJON  Bibliothe`que Municipale de Dijon (info.+ opac)
3614 BIB      Bibliothe`que Municipale de Grenoble (info.+ opac)
3614 BIB38    Grenoble, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
3614 BIB38 code ECH  Echirolles, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
3614 BIB38    Pont de Claix, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
3614 MADOC    Bibliothe`que Professionelle de France Te'le'com (opac)
3614 MEDVIL   Me'diathe`que, Cite' des Sciences et de l'Industrie
               (info.+ opac)
3614 NANCY    Bibliothe`que Municipale de Nancy (info.+ opac)
3614 VDP14    Vide'othe`que de Paris (info.+ opac)
3614 VINBIB   Vincennes, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
3615 ABCDOC   Archives, Bibliothe`ques, Centres de Documentation
3615 BIBNAT   Bibliothe`que Nationale (info. -- no opac, yet)
3615 BMLIM    Limoges, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
3615 BPI      Bib. Publique d'Information (Centre Pompidou, Paris) (info.+ opac)
3615 BRISE    Bibliothe`ques de St. Etienne (opacs)
3615 DASTUM   Photote`que Dastum, Breton culture (info.+ opac)
3615 MARSEILLE Marseille, Bibliothe`que Municipale de
3615 MIRADOC  Bibliothe`que Universite' de Metz (info.+ opac)
3615 VDP15    Vide'othe`que de Paris (info.+ opac)
3617 BIUP     Bibliothe`que Inter-Universitaire de Pharmacie (opac)
3617 CCN      Catalogue Collectif National des Publications en
               Se'rie (national union catalog project, serials)
3617 PANCA    Pancatalogue (national union catalog project, books)

		2) Minitel "V23" Direct-Dial Libraries. 

The following French library services are among a quickly increasing
number which may be reached by a telephone call, either from a Minitel
which can do so (European terminals can, but North American Minitel
service distributed per the above cannot), or using a V23 modem,
available in European computer stores. French scholars will be pleased
to see a number of famous resources appearing here. Even cheese
connoisseurs will find something familiar. Public librarians everywhere
will be pleased to see some very tiny and obscure institutions
appearing here, and they might note the extraordinary breadth of the
French "Bibliothe`que Municipale" (not quite a "public" library, but
the closest thing) offerings online:	  Ache`res, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Albertville, Bibliothe`que Municipale d'       Amiens, Bibliothe`que d' (info.+ opac)	  Angers, Bibliothe`que Municipale d'	  Annemasse, Bibliothe`que Municipale d'	  Annonay, Bibliothe`que Municipale d'       Arles, Bibliothe`que Municipale d'(info.+ opac)	  Avignon, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Bayonne, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Beauvais, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Be'thune, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Bonneuil dur Marne, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Bourg les Valence, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Bourgoin Jallieu, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Brest, Bibliothe`que Municipale de       Caen, Bibliothe`que Municipale de (info.+ opac)	  Canejan, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Cannes, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Carbon Blanc, Bibliothe`que Municipale de 	  Cestas, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Challans, Bibliothe`que Municipale de       Chamonix, Bibliothe`que Municipale de (opac)	  Charenton le Pont, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Chateau Arnoux, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Chenove, Bibliothe`que Municipale de  Chilly-Mazarin, Bibliothe`que de (info.+ opac)	  Clamart, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Combs La Ville, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Commentry, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Concarneau, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Conflans Ste. Honorine, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  La Cre`che, Bibliothe`que Municipale de (?)	  Digne, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Epinay sous Senart, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Epinay sur Orge, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Feyzin, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  La Fle`che, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Flers, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Gaillac, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Gap, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Grand Quevilly, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Gravelines, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Le Haillan, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Hendaye, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Herouville, Bibliothe`que Municipale de  IRCAM, Institut de Recherche et Coordination
                   Acoustique/Musique, Centre Pompidou, Paris (opac)	  Levallois, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Limours, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Livry Gargan, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Lode`ve, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Loudeac, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Ludres, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Meylan, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Mimizan, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Moirans, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Moissy Cramayel, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Molsheim, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Montfermeil, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Montigny en Gohelle, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Morlaix, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Neuville sur Sao^ne, Bibliothe`que Municipale de       Niort, Bibliothe`que de (info.+ opac)	  Nogent le Rotrou, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Olivet, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Oullins, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Plouzane, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Pontivy, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Pontoise, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Privas, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Ramonville St. Agne, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Reze', Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Ris Orangis, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Rive de Gier, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Romans sur Ise`re, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Rumilly, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Rungis, Bibliothe`que Municipale de       Sallanches, Bibliothe`que Municipale de (opac)	  Salon de Provence, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  St. Cloud, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  St. Genis Laval, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  St. Jean de Braye, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  St. Junien, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  St. Lo^, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  St. Marcellin, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  St. Maurice l'Exil, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Ste. Genevie`ve des Bois, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Sceaux, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Tarare, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Tarbes, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Thouars, Bibliothe`que Municipale de       Tourcoing, Me'diathe`que de (info.+ opac)	  Vence, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Vendo^me, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Le Vesinet, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Villefranche sur Sao^ne, Bibliothe`que Municipale de	  Viry Chatillon, Bibliothe`que Municipale de

		3) telnet (ie. from the Internet)

caen1.unicaen.fr   Bibliothe`que Universitaire de Caen; username :
                   Bibliotheque or Library
FRMOP22.CNUSC.FR   Centre National Universitaire Sud de Calcul,
		   Montpellier, provides access to PANCATALOGUE and
		   SIBIL and numerous other French services, account
		   required (fax, in French, to 67-52-37-63, at
		   Montpellier); also available via Minitel (see above)
		   or French Transpac #134022271494 (account required)
IFBIBLI.GRENET.FR  Instit. Fourier, St.Martin d'Hye`res, login  bib (opac)
LIMVX4.UNILIM.FR   Universite de LIMOGES, user id: GRACE
STROPH.UNIV-ST-ETIENNE.FR  Universite' de St. Etienne; Username: brise; 
		   At %PAD-I-COM, enter 
CRISV2.UNIV-PAU.FR Universite' de Pau; login: grace
BPU.UNINE.CH       Bibliothe`que Publique et Universitaire de
                   Neucha^tel, Switzerland
SIBIL.SWITCH.CH    Swiss-French Network Catalogue, Switzerland       Ecole Polytechnique (Montre'al); At "classe de
                   service" enter   biblio96
ARIANE.ULAVAL.CA   Laval University, Canada; Username: ARIANE        Universite' de Moncton - Bibliothe`que Champlain,
                   Canada; At the SERVICE? prompt, enter    champ
atrium.bib.umontreal.ca  Universite' de Montre'al (
FRPOLY11.POLYTECHNIQUE.FR  Ecole Polytechnique, Paris: at userid screen 
		   hit   , type DIAL VTAM  , at Menu des
		   Applications screen type  DIAL VTAM. (tn3270 only).
FTP.IRCAM.FR  	   Ircam-CNRS library catalog -- login: libquery -- to 
		   switch to english, type: l=e

		4) WAIS

bib-dmi-ens-fr.src      Ecole Normale Supe'rieure, Paris, Dept. de
                        Mathe'matiques et Informatique
bib-ens-lyon.src        Ecole Normale Supe'rieure de LYON
bib-math-orsay-fr.src   Universite' Paris-Sud
bibs-zenon-inria-fr.src INRIA / Institut de Recherche en
                        Informatique et Automatique, Sophia
                        Antipolis (Documentation Center / Library)
cirm-books-fr.src       CIRM / Centre International de Rencontres
                        Mathe'matiques, Marseille (library)
directory-zenon-inria-fr.src  INRIA / Institut de Recherche en
                        Informatique et Automatique, national
imag.ouvrages.src       IMAG / Institut d'Informatique et de
                        Mathe'matiques Applique'es de Grenoble

As with BITNET and particularly the Internet generally, it is nearly 
impossible to keep up with the phenomenal growth of French online 
resources. The Minitel's own "Guide de Services" lists 18,000 services,
while published accounts claim more than 20,000 currently in operation;
and these numbers don't begin to account for the many online services
which rely on the omnipresent Minitel "boxes" found throughout France
-- and Minitel "V23" norm emulation software now found throughout
France and increasingly elsewhere -- to act as simple terminals for
their connections. Many new library services (see the list at item 2),
above), use this latter function -- un-tabulated and un-indexed -- so
that until libraries go into the marketing business no one really knows
how many online French library services there are.

		5) President's Report, CSB

There are few better means of keeping up with French library and now
networked information events than by reading the annual _Rapport du
Pre'sident_ of the Conseil Supe'rieur des Bibliothe`ques (full citation
appears below). These reports are short, comprehensive, and elegantly
written by Michel Melot, former Conservateur of the Bibliothe`que
Nationale's Cabinet des Estampes, then first Head Librarian of the
Centre Pompidou's Bibliothe`que Publique d'Information, and now
President of the CSB and a leading French library figure. In his
"Rapport", Melot provides, every January, a full statement of French
library events of the preceding year. His indications of remaining
issues provide the best hint of the problems likely to be undertaken by
the French library community during the current year.

			a) complete printed text, in French --

_Rapport du Pre'sident (Michel Melot) Pour L'Anne'e 1993_ (Paris : 
Association du Conseil Supe'rieur des Bibliothe`ques, 1994). ISSN 1157-
360. 128 pages. Available from: Association du Conseil Supe'rieur des 
Bibliothe`ques, Palais Garnier, 8 rue Scribe, 75009 Paris.

			b) complete electronic text, in French --

1) Par ftp anonyme:  ftp.grenet.fr
2) Par gopher: gopher.grenet.fr rubrique "OPAC" puis "rapport du CSB"
3) Par mosaic par l'URL file://ftp.grenet.fr/pub/doc/csb.ps (ou csb.txt)
4) Par mosaic a travers la page du "reseau documentaire de grenoble" 
dont l'URL est http://www.grenet.fr/anteserveur/anteserveur.html

			c) portions have been translated into English: 

Published in this author's _FYI France_ monthly electronic newsletter, 
which is archived at (gopher)  infolib.berkeley.edu  72  , and in the 
PACS (PACS-L electronic conference) archive found via telnet to  a.cni.org ,  
login  brsuser  (April 15 and May 15, 1994, editions of _FYI France_).

B) Fulltext

Fulltext may be reached and read online now, in addition to the
bibliographic citations and pointers traditionally offered by online
libraries.  A small selection of what is available in materials of
interest to French scholars follows:

		1) anonymous ftp sites (online text archives)

ftp.inria.fr    INRIA/Inst.Nat.de Rech.en Informatique et Automatique
zenon.inria.fr  INRIA in Sophia Antipolis
ftp.cicb.fr     Univ. Rennes1 ("gopher" in French!)
ftp.sunet.se    /pub/etext/ota/french// contains Molie`re's _Don Juan_
                fulltext (Oxford Text Archive version) and Queneau's 
		_Exercices du style_ fulltext (OTA version)
epas.utoronto.ca /pub/cch/french// contains Molie`re's _Don Juan_
                fulltext (Oxford Text Archive version) and a French
                wordlist in ascii
ftp.cnam.fr     "Association des Bibliophiles Universels" files,
                including fulltext (sgml marked - up?) of texts by St.
                Augustine, Plutarch, Jules Verne, Th. Moreux, and E.
                Dubreucq, and other things relevant to fulltext.
ftp.ircam.fr    IRCAM / Institut de Recherche et Coordination
                Acoustique/Musique, Centre Pompidou, Paris
ftp.ens.fr      Ecole Normale Supe'rieure

		2) gophers (interactive index plus archiving)

CIRIL Centre Interuniv.de Ressources Informatiques de Lorraine (Nancy) 
CITI Centre Interuniv.de Traitement de l'Information (Lille) 
Cite' Colle'giale (Ontario, Canada) 
CITI2 Universite Rene Descartes (Paris) 
CMAP Centre de Math. Applique'es, Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau) 
CNUSC Centre National Univ.Sud de Calcul (Montpellier) 
CRIHAN Centre de Ressources Informatiques de Haute-Normandie (Rouen) 
EMBNET Bioinformation Resource  (not strictly 
	a "non - hi - tech - scientific" resource, but one possessing
	one of the better tongue - in - cheek electronic addresses)
ENST Ecole Nationale Supe'rieure des Te'le'communications (Paris) 
Ecole Normale Supe'rieure (Paris) 
Ecole Polytechnique Fe'de'rale de Lausanne (Suisse) 
French Embassy, Washington D.C. 
Genethon (Human Genome Research Center, Paris) 
Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Lyon) 
IMAG Institut d'Informatique et de Mathe'matiques Applique'es de 
INRIA Institut National de la Recherche en Informatique et Automatique 
INRIA/inria-graphlib : a Computer Graphics service of INRIA 
Institut Pasteur (Paris) 
IRISA Institut de Recherche en Informatique et Syste`mes Ale'atoires 
Ministe`re de la culture et de la francophonie (St. Quentin en Yvelines) 
UREC Unite' Reseaux du CNRS (Paris)  (the CNRS' network)
USHS Univ. des Sciences Humaines de Strasbourg) 
Univ.Jean Monnet, CIT (St-Etienne) 
Univ.Jean Monnet, CRITeR (St-Etienne) 
Univ.de Lyon I 
Univ.de Nice - Sophia Antipolis 
Univ.de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour 
Univ.de Rennes I 
Univ.de Savoie (Chambe'ry) 
Univ.de Valenciennes 
Univ.s P. & M. Curie - D. Diderot (Paris) 
Univ.de Lausanne (Suisse) 
Univ.de Montre'al (Que'bec, Canada) 
Univ.de Montreal, Litte'ratures (Que'bec, Canada) 
	relatively recent effort to establish a truly comprehensive gopher 
	devoted to online humanities resources in French. It has an 
	ambitious structure, not yet filled, but at least a promising 
	effort to follow for anyone interested in online humanities.)

Univ.de Montre'al, Fac.de droit, CRDP (Can.) 
Univ.du Que'bec (Sainte-Foy, Que'bec, Canada) 
Univ.du Que'bec a Montreal (Que'bec, Canada) 
Univ.Laval (Que'bec, Canada) 
Univ.Laval, bibliothe`que (Que'bec, Canada) 
Univ.Libre de Bruxelles/Bibliothe`ques (Belgique) 
Univ.de Moncton - CuSLM (Edmundston, NB Canada) 
Univ.d'Ottawa/University of Ottawa (Canada) 

and, in particular, one very good, very French, French gopher:

gopher.grenet.fr -- Grenoble - net, maintained at the CICG / Centre 	 
	  Interuniversitaire de Calcul de Grenoble, which gives you a 	  
	  software package entitled "G.R.A.C.E (Gestion du Reseau 	 
	  Automatise' de Catalogues En-ligne)", and a "help" feature 	  
	  wonderfully - entitled, for a "help" feature, "B.I.P.E.D. 	 
	  "grenet" gopher contains, among many other things:

        in path -- 8.  Catalogues de Bibliothe`ques (OPAC) et Autres
        Serveurs Documentaire../ 1.  Catalogues des Bibliothe`ques de
        la Region Grenobloise/

      2.  Catalogue Collectif SIBIL (SICD Grenob. 1 et 2 et IEP Grenob.)
      4.  CICG (ouvrages) 
      5.  Bibliothe`que Centrale du CNRS 
      6.  CRISS (Informatique en Sciences Sociales) Catalogue General
      9.  IREPD (UFR DGES Univ Pierre Mendes France) (ouvrages) 
      10. Institut Fourier (ouvrages) 
      11. Me'diatheque IMAG (ouvrages) 
      12. Me'diatheque IMAG (periodiques) 
      13. Me'diatheque IMAG (rapports de recherche) 
      14. Me'diatheque IMAG (vide'os) 
      15. Publications "Online" de l'IMAG/

        in path -- 8.  Catalogues de Bibliothe`ques (OPAC) et Autres
        Serveurs Documentaire../2.  Catalogues des Bibliothe`ques

      1.  Bibliothe`que Interuniversitaire Jussieu (Section Maths) 
      2.  CIRM (Marseille) (Collections) 
      3.  CIRM (Marseille) (ouvrages) 
      4.  Caen (Sciences, Etudes Anciennes, Normandes, Muse'e) 
      5.  Catalogue SIBIL (Plusieurs BU dont les SICD Grenoble 1 et 2) 
      7.  ENS DMI Paris Publications Scientifiques 
      8.  ENS Lyon (ouvrages) 
      11. INRIA (Rocqencourt) (ouvrages) 
      12. INRIA (Sophia Antipolis) (ouvrages) 
      13. INSA LYON (ouvrages et the`ses) 
      14. IRISA (Rennes) (ouvrages) 
      15. IRMAR (Univ Rennes 1) (ouvrages) 
      17. LIMOGES (Catalogue Collectif des Ouvrages) 
      24. PAU (Catalogue Collectif des B U) (par WAIS) 
      25. PAU (Catalogue Collectif) (par OPAC) 
      26. ST ETIENNE (Catalogue Collectif, BU et BM) 

        and, still in path -- 8.  Catalogues de Bibliotheques (OPAC) et
        Autres Serveurs Documentaire../,

      3.  Serveurs Documentaires Divers (NAG, ACM, ...)/
      4.  Archives de la Liste de Discussion "Biblio-Fr"/
      5.  Recherche de mail dans biblio-fr.archive 
      6.  Autres Catalogues de Bibliothe`ques/
      7.  Serveurs Commerciaux (RESERVE AUX ABONNES)/

		3) Fulltext archives

There are many interesting and frustrating issues associated with
fulltext archiving, among them issues of copyright, democratic access
to texts, and markup. This last currently is the most controversial
fulltext issue on the nets: archives exist which have no markup
whatsoever -- volunteer contributors merely type in the texts -- and
there are archives with full SGML / Standard Generalized Markup
Language encoding -- enabling textual analyses which some never will
use but which is indispensable to others. Proponents of both approaches
are fierce in their advocacy, and they fight a lot online.

Online fulltext appears to be an inevitable trend, however, whatever
are to be the niceties which accompany it eventually. (There is talk of
texts presented with more than just SGML, after all:  multimedia, and
"interactive text", using techniques like Internet Relay Chat and
Virtual Reality, are waiting in the wings.) The trend is propelled by
both the increasing popularity of the networks, and the increasingly
untenable finances of the print publishing industry. One way or
another, print publishing quickly, albeit reluctantly, is "going online".

			a) The Oxford Text Archive

One of the largest and most rigorous online fulltext general archives 
still is the Oxford Text Archive, assembled and maintained at that 
university's computing center by Lou Bernard: 

"The Archive contains electronic versions of literary works by many
major authors in Greek, Latin, English and a dozen or more other
languages. It contains collections and corpora of unpublished
materials prepared by field workers in linguistics. It contains
electronic versions of some standard reference works. It has copies of
texts and corpora prepared by individual scholars and major research
projects worldwide. The total size of the Archive exceeds a gigabyte
and there are over 1300 titles in its catalogue."

At the moment the OTA contains over 50 French fulltexts, from Sartre to 
Froissart to the Chanson de Roland. References to the OTA, with its 
informational files, may be found online easily at several sites using 
gopher's veronica index, and OTA holdings are cataloged on the online
bibliographic service RLIN. The OTA ftp archive adress is  ota.ox.ac.uk .

			b) Georgetown

A comprehensive effort to keep track of the many thousands of local 
online fulltext projects currently being pursued on isolated computers 
all over the world is that of Georgetown University's CPET / Catalog of 
Projects in Electronic Text. There are many gopher references to CPET. 
The CPET telnet address is  guvax3.acc.georgetown.edu  , login  CPET .


FRANTEXT is an online database of 3241 texts, taken from 2330 works of
French literature dating from the 16th century, including a large
group of non - literary works from the 19th and 20th centuries. The
corpus was assembled for the purpose of compiling word - occurrences --
there are 183 million of them -- for French dictionary research.

The database is administered by the Tre'sor Ge'ne'ral des Langues et
Parlers Franc,ais, 52 blvd. de Magenta, 75010 Paris, telephone Mme.
Martin at This is a division of the INALF, the Institut
National de la Langue Franc,aise, which is a unit of the CNRS.  The
FRANTEXT database software is called STELLA -- Syste`me de Textes En
Ligne en Libre Acce`s -- and has its critics and defenders. An
enthusiastic proponent of STELLA - searching may be found in:

Jacques Lemarignier, "Le point de vue d'un interrogateur sur FRANTEXT:
FRANTEXT a` la Bibliothe`que Publique d'Information", in _Les banques
de donne'es litte'raires, comparatistes et francophones_, edited by
Alain Vuillemin, Limoges: Presses de l'Universite' de Limoges et du
Limousin, 1993, ISBN 2910016-17-X.

In the US and Canada, FRANTEXT is available -- with an entirely
different interface and search engine -- under the name of ARTFL, via an
arrangement worked out at the University of Chicago, contact: director,
Mark Olson (e-mail: mark@gide.uchicago.edu, telephone:  312-702-8488).
A bibliography of the texts contained in ARTFL may be consulted at the
New York University gopher:  URL: gopher://cmcl2.nyu.edu:70/0R0-180618-/
/Libraries/Bobst_Library/eres/artfl/artflbib .

C) Discussion

The best -- most manageable, disciplined, up - to - date -- method for
getting and staying current with French networking is to subscribe to a
good "e-conference". Normally this will gain you a dozen e-mail
messages per week on a subject of your interest, and a whole list of
international correspondents with whom you can discuss issues and of
whom you very usefully can ask questions.

		1) Electronic Conferences

In most cases, an e-mail message to the address shown, saying, exactly:


will obtain a subscription. Subscriptions are free.

BALZAC-L        "French literature and culture"; subscribe to 
		balzac-l-request@cc.umontreal.ca; in French and English; 
		250 subscribers.
BIBLIO-FR       "Bibliothe'caires Franc,ais"; subscribe to biblio-fr-
                request@univ-rennes1.fr; in French; 400 subscribers.
FRANCEHS        "List for French history scholars"; subscribe to
                francehs-request@uwavm.bitnet or
                listserv@uwavm.u.washington.edu; in French and English;
                275 subscribers.

There are others. The most useful general tool for locating
professional online discussion of a particular topic is the list
maintained by Diane Kovacs, of Scholarly Electronic Conferences (there
are many thousands more which are un - scholarly -- Ms. Kovacs and her
team perform an invaluable filtering service). The Kovacs list, now on
its 7th edition (September, 1993) is available in many places online.
Most usefully for purposes here, it is available from the University of
Caen -- telnet caen1.unicaen.fr  login  bibliotheque  -- complete with
a French interface and keyword searching by subject (in English),
title, and moderator's name. A search there on the subject term
"french" currently yields the following entries among others: (the
following addresses normally are followed by  .BITNET  although many
BITNET addresses recently have been changing to Internet formats -- ie.
"well.sf.ca.us" -- and so these may have to be re - checked) --

CAUSERIE@UQUEBEC ("Causerie" means talk or chat. That is what this list 
is all about. Just for the fun of it. Everyone is welcome though you 
should be aware of the fact that all the communication is in FRENCH.)

LN@FRMOP11 (Computational Linguistics.)

EROFILE@UCSBUXA (Electronic Reviews of French & Italian Literary Essays 
_EROFILE_ will disseminate a collection of solicited and unsolicited 
reviews and therefore welcomes submissions from QUALIFIED reviewers.)

ELENCHUS@UOTTAWA (ELENCHUS is devoted to discussions of the thought and 
literature of Christianity during the period 100 to 500 a.d. (c.e.). 
This will include discussions of patristics, gnosticism, asceticism, 

METHO@UQUEBEC (Methodologie quantitative, sciences sociales. Groupe 
francophone d'echange et de discussion sur les methodes quantitatives 
utilisees en sciences sociales. Regroupement quebecois des sciences 

RQSS@UQUEBEC (An e-conference for social scientists interested in 
research in Quebec or about Quebec, called "Regroupement quebecois des 
sciences sociales". Dominant language is French.)
		2) Usenet

Usenet groups I personally do _not_ recommend, although it is good to 
know that they exist. My problem is the lack of editorial control on 
Usenet, and my own busy schedule and impatience. It is important to 
realize, though, that France and the French have a Usenet presence.

The following is from a March 1993 general online announcement, from  
Christophe.Wolfhugel@grasp.insa-lyon.fr , who should be consulted for 
more information:

"A set of french speaking newsgroups have been recently created with
the hope to have them wide-spread around the french speaking
community.  The groups are already distributed to many sites in France
as well as in other countries with an important french speaking
community, like Switzerland.  Many major sites in Europe as well as in
the USA already carry these groups for their users/customers.  If you
wish to carry them on your site, please first check in your
neighborhood if you can't get them from there. If you fail in this, you
may wish to contact me by email and we'll find an adequate feed for
your site.  You may also wish to send a note to
"fr-news-distribution@grasp1.univ-lyon1.fr", preferably in french
indicating you are searching for a feed. Messages arriving to this
address will be sent to the fr.news.distribution newsgroup as well as
to the peer mailing-list.  To subscribe to the mailing-list send the
command "sub fr-news-distribution First Lastname" to the address
.  More information, as well as an INN
groups creation script can be retrieved by anonymous ftp to
grasp1.univ-lyon1.fr in pub/faq/fr.  If you don't have ftp access,
ftpmail@grasp1.univ-lyon1.fr will furnish the same service."

		3) "Frognet"

This nicely - named resource (friends in France still are trying to
figure out whether to be offended or just to enjoy it) is a selection
of daily Agence France Presse wire postings, usefully assembled and
posted online by a group affiliated with the French Embassy in
Washington. If you don't have the patience to wade through daily
reports of agricultural production statistics and Olympique de
Marseilles football scores along with other news, you can avoid this by
downloading the postings, either to a word processor on an Internet
account or to a pc / laptop, and then using the word processor's
"string search" capacity to look for material of interest to you. Those
with accounts on The WELL -- voice telephone (USA) 415 - 332 - 4335 --
can take advantage of an even more useful presentation of Frognet in
the "france" conference there.

The original announcement of the "Frognet" service:
"En mars 1992, a l'initiative de la Mission Scientifique de l'Ambassade 
de France a Washington et avec la collaboration du Service de Presse et 
d'Information, se creait FROGNET. FROGNET permet aujourd'hui a tout
titulaire d'une adresse electronique de recevoir gratuitement une revue
de presse quotidienne en francais et une fois tous les 15 jours "News
from France", bulletin d'information en langue anglaise. Pour les
personnes residant en France, seul News from France est accessible pour
des raisons de copyright." Applications are obtained by e-mail request


Note: A print version of this revision of my French Libraries Online
file first appears, along with a companion bibliographical file
covering printed resources, in the journal _TEXTE: Revue de Critique et
de The'orie Litte'raire_ (Trinity College, Toronto, Canada) v. 13,
1994, ISSN 0715-8920. Many thanks to Andrew Oliver of _Texte_ for
having provided, patiently and persistently, the impetus for my
undertaking this revision. The file which appears here is a regular
feature, updated every six months, of my FYI France electronic
newsletter, details of which appear below.

Table of Contents for _TEXTE_, volume 13, "TEXTE ET INFORMATIQUE": 




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