3.00 FYI France: Enewsletter and archive

by Jack Kessler, kessler@well.sf.ca.us

Apr 15, 1996 issue. This file presents an archival copy of the issue of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which was distributed via email on April 15, 1996.
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Versions of the following have appeared online regularly, since 1992,as a feature of the FYI France enewsletter, ISSN 1071-5916, which is distributed for free via email every month except August. Enewsletter subscriptions may be obtained via email request to: kessler@well.sf.ca.us .

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 -- $35 until January 1, 1997-- 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. Please email suggestions for improvements to me at kessler@well.sf.ca.us .

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From kessler Mon April 15 1996

Subject: FYIFrance -- e - conferences -- online discussion & research

Many of you not only are interested in France but have opinions about it. Many more need resources to which you can pose individual questions. Or so many correspondents have told me.

The best way, both of participating in French online information debates, and of obtaining answers to specific questions, is to join a good electronic conference, an interesting list of which follows.

A well - disciplined e - conference -- one governed by Listserve or List Processor, etc., software, and run by a benign but firm moderator -- can do much to answer your questions, keep you up - to - date professionally, give you an occasional spleen - venting opportunity, and cut down on your personal information overload. You also can practice French, if you are not French, and multi - culturalism if you are (nearly any e - conference membership will be international).

The "information overload" point is crucial. I subscribe to several e - conferences. They come to me via email: I don't have to remember to go to them each week -- I would neglect or forget, if I did. They discipline the parameters of what I receive: maximum posting sizes, maximum 15 postings per day, minimal topic drift. The "filtering" performed by good e - conferences beats any raw "Internet surfing" which I can squeeze into my personal schedule.

Above all, for professionals and researchers and anyone trying to get a handle on some new aspect of a subject, good e - conferences are archived online, with online utilities allowing their rapid searching. There is no easier place to get started on research than through an online search of the relevant e - conference archive: in "digital" or "networking" or "human user interface development" and other such areas, increasingly in other subjects, such as French History or The Art of the Book, and certainly for current events in any of these.

Much has been said of the importance of using the new advantages of online digital media in presenting information: that it is not enough simply to pour the old wine into the new bottle. The online, interactive, international - and - archived e - conference is an example of an online digital media application which can do this well.

So here is a list of e - conferences on French library and information subjects. All of these happen to be at one online site: the University of Rennes service, ably overseen by Serge Aumont and Odile Germès. (This is an active site: 550,000+ messages sent during December, 1995 -- up from 190,000+ the December before -- and it provides the additional advantage of one - stop - shopping for their variety, to anyone having a general interest in French online information.)

There is enough here to keep any student of French sociology happy:

Les listes de diffusion francophones

* at: http://sir.univ-rennes1.fr/LISTES/ -- with easy point - and - click access to, a) subscribe, b) unsubscribe, c) read the subscribers' list, and, d) search the archives

1) La France : la langue, l'histoire, la littérature, la cuisine ...

2) Bibliothécaires et documentalistes

3) Enseignement et pédagogie

3) Informatique (voir aussi les listes spécifiques des réseaux)

4) Réseaux

5) Sciences : chimie, sciences cognitives, droit, économie ...

6) Divers : offres d'emploi, loisirs, politique ...

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FYIFrance (sm)(tm) e - newsletter        ISSN 1071 - 5916 
    
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      |           published since 1992 as a small - scale, personal,
      |           experiment, in the creation of large - scale
      |           "information overload", by Jack Kessler. Any material
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  ---------       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/LISTES/biblio-fr@univ-rennes1.fr/ (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  kessler@well.sf.ca.us .

        Copyright 1992- by Jack Kessler, all rights reserved.

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