3.00 FYI France: Ejournal and archive

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

March 21, 2006 EXTRA issue. This file presents an archive copy of the EXTRA issue of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which was distributed via email on March 21, 2006.

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Versions of the following have appeared online regularly, since 1992, as a feature of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which is distributed for free via email every month except August. Ejournal 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, 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. And you can pay via PayPal, on the FYI France homepage:

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EXTRA -- rare book losses at the Sorbonne?

(Plus, a NEW FEATURE, of FYI France: see The FRAY, immediately following, below...)

 

Among the sad losses at the Sorbonne, this week, appear to have been some books:

The cartulaire of Chartres!...

These appear to have been off of their Ecole des Chartes library shelves -- sent out to a digitization project, located elsewhere at the Sorbonne -- where last week someone during the CPE protest & occupation mayhem broke in, trashed the equipment, and took the books out to the rue Soufflot, and stole or maybe even burned them... Can anyone else confirm this? There appears so far to be only the following one news source: [tr. JK]

Cartulaires burned in the rue Soufflot -- what a very sad image.

Here's that digitization project:

But the above story sounds like a heist, to me, not mayhem: a small bunch of very rare books of great value, plus 7 computers, all off in their own isolated room, sounds like... So an inside job, maybe, or at least something "cased in advance": in other words, somebody knew where to "smash" and what to "grab"...

So I bet they get these back. I bet, myself, that these didn't get "burned in the rue Soufflot", in fact, but will show up on some auction block somewhere. Hope I'm right.

As I said initially here, though, I have seen only this one news source, so far: better information would be much appreciated.

 

Jack Kessler, kessler@well.com

 

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And now for that NEW FEATURE, of FYI France: not included in the original ejournal posting above --

The FRAY...

-- the phrase is taken from its frequent use on The WELL / the Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link, http://www.well.com, where I and so many other Internauts & Internautes have learned so much of what we know, about all of these "things digital", over so many years. "The Fray" refers to the scene one might find on any urban street-corner -- some times in a children's playground, other times on a very adult & bloody battlefield -- those of us who enjoy the general discussion-brawl atmosphere, online, and in fact benefit greatly from it, prefer to think of it as a forum, or perhaps better an agora...

Selected letters, then, compliments & complaints: the "suggestions, reactions, criticisms, praise & poison-pen" -- all received "gratefully", as promised over so many years now too, here on FYI France. They're not all going to appear here -- FYI France gets lots of mail -- but I'll try to include highlights and correspondence and and later postings which provide context, for the sometimes-controversial settings in which these ejournal issues have appeared.

In the case of this first issue of The FRAY, then: there have been terrible nation-wide riots, in France recently -- during the autumn of 2005, the "Crise des banlieus", and now during the spring of 2006, the crisis surrounding the "CPE / Contrat Première Embauche", government legislation proposed to remedy the prior crisis... not everyone in France agrees the remedy is worth trying, or even that its motives are pure, and there have been mass demonstrations, near-riots, and a student "occupation" of the Sorbonne... during the last of which certain "rare" volumes of the Ecole des Chartes collection disappeared from a digitization project there...

 

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