February 15, 1998 issue. This file presents an archive copy of the issue of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which was distributed via email on February 15, 1998.
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The first conference of BIBLIO-FR "online" librarians in France will take place in Caen this April 3-6. Discussions will be held in French, but I am assured that foreigners are very welcome.
No better way to meet French librarians, visit France in the Spring, see the Caen of William the Conqueror and Mathilde of Flanders, and climb the Mont Saint Michel! There is even to be a lecture - tour of the Mont's remarkable manuscripts collection, now housed in the Bibliothe`que Municipale at Avranches.
* A special need, for the "Rencontres": if any of you know of good videos on international librarianship, which might be shown to the Rencontres attendees, recommendations and full citations will be received gratefully by Hervé Le Crosnier at
(but please send conference applications via the Website shown below).
The "Rencontres" program is included here, translated into English -- even if you cannot make the conference in Caen yourself, the concerns of non - English medium professionals in making this technology work in their often different situations makes very interesting reading -- the program may be seen online in French at
"The purpose of the Rencontres is to permit librarians who are active on the Internet to get to know one another better as a prelude to cooperation together in their professional work. A large place is accorded, therefore, to informal chats, coffee - breaks, and mealtime discussions."
"The 'round-tables' are collective sessions which anticipate the discussion of general issues. The 'workshops' are by contrast intended to promote professional education through the discussion of common experiences."
10h00 : Welcome
10h30 : Opening Session
11h30 : Round Table : The Usefulness of E-conferences
12h30 : Luncheon
14h00 : Round Tables, running concurrently :
* Digitization : issues and projects
16h00 : Workshops, running concurrently :
* Websites for Libraries
* Documentary Research on the Web
* CD-ROM Networks
* Free Access to the Internet for Patrons
18h30 : Dinner
20h00 : General Session : E-journals and License Negotiations
Invited speakers :
09h00 : Round-table : Continuing Education for Professionals in Librarianship and Documentation
10h30 : Workshops, running concurrently :
* LINUX, and Free Software Generally
* Library Management Software and the Internet
* French Experience with Subject Library Networks (mathematics, medicine...)
* Electronic Commerce in Books and Digital Documents
12h30 : Luncheon
14H00 : Round-tables, running concurrently :
* Cooperative Projects
* The Bibliothèques Municipales and the Democratization of Internet Access
15h30 : Workshops, running concurrently :
* The Metadata and Cataloging of Digital Documents
* Training the Users
* New Jobs and Skills in Libraries, and Research Tools for the Jobsearch (JOBILISE)
17h00 : Round-table : Copyright in the era of Digital Documents -- The Impact on Libraries
From 19 h on... (plan on a full evening -- this is France) : Gala Soirée -- buffet dinner, music, Les Blancs Mollets, dancing
9h30 : "15 Minutes of Convincing..." : Various firms in software, publishing and e-commerce which wish to present their products and services to libraries each will be provided with 15 minutes and Internet / video access...
12h00 : Luncheon
13h30 : Bibliothèques sans frontières
"The information networks enable the development of new means of access to knowledge and to education, and new approaches to global rules about the circulation of information.
* How are we to prevent such developments from creating a new division between the informatio - rich and the information - poor?
* What can be done to resolve the unequal information development which has occurred so far?
* What role can libraries play in this global "bouleversement" of traditional means of the diffusion of knowledge and the management of power?"
Georges Sadowsky (ISOC)
Jean - Claude Guédon, Université de Montréal
"and video contributions sent in by librarians from all of the five continents."
16h00 : Guided tour of the City of Caen
Tour of the Mont Saint Michel and of the Réserve des Manuscrits of the Bibliothèque Municipale d'Avranches (separate from the "Rencontres")
Departure from Caen by bus at 8h, return to Caen at 18h30
The above program is the January 26 version and is subject to change.
Whatever specific agenda BIBLIO-FR offers at their "Rencontres" conference, this chance to meet people in France who are grappling with the digital information revolution in their daily professional lives is a valuable opportunity for anyone so - grappling outside of France.
Most of us are doing what we do online in English, "the language of the operating manual". If you think you get frustrated, wait until you see what happens to folks who do not work comfortably in "the language of the operating manual": imagine doing setup, repairs, replacements, presentations - to - the - committee, user training, research, and emergency fixes -- just as you do -- but all on a "batteries - not - included" basis!
And yet the French are doing some wonderful things, using some very innovative approaches, linguistic and other differences with the orientation of their "operating manuals" notwithstanding. Caen would be a good place to appreciate the additional flexibility which the Internet must achieve before it expands to places like Burma and Senegal and Japan. A Spring trip to France would not be a bad way to begin any process.
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