3.00 FYI France: Ejournal and archive

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

November 15, 2006 issue. This file presents an archive copy of the issue of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which was distributed via email on November 15, 2006.

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Library News-in-Depth, at the BM Lyon


Among the many entities claiming to be "digital libraries", nowadays, few have better claims than does the BM Lyon. Since the earliest years of the automated catalog, and the advent of email, and the spinning of The Web, the Bibliothèque Municipale de Lyon has been in the forefront -- and they're not just a "public library", as they maintain archives, digital exhibitions, and a large and famous rare books collection there, too --


Well, now comes another idea, from Lyon...

How many of us leave our morning dose of "The News", which arrives on our computer screens, unsatisfied? As many as used to complain about the inadequacy of newspapers, perhaps... Or nearly as many, maybe, as find the supposed breadth and depth of the increasingly-horrible TV Network News to be narrow and shallow...

So... the idea of the librarians at the BM Lyon is to provide that breadth and depth to "The News". On the library website one now may find "Points d'actu!" / "The News, In Depth": an ejournal - format illustrated magazine, in which the library's information specialists present the next step, to the day's news stories -- additional resources, and context, and places to go to research behind and beneath and beyond the morning headlines.

The BM Lyon's Bertrand Calenge describes the motivation:

-- and the procedure takes advantage of both traditional library strengths, in collections and selection and most of all in "user analysis", and new "digital libraries" timeliness and efficiencies -- Calenge, again,

-- the procedure,

-- and there are special reports,

-- and reviews -- and even that key "digital libraries" concept, interactivity,

-- and of course there are news feeds, too,

-- although the entire point, of "Points d'actu !", is to broaden and deepen those...


At http://www.pointsdactu.org/ today, for example, one finds:

-- and at "Coups de Coeur" there are librarians' recommendations and reviews, of film, youth literature, essays, music, novels -- and at "Dossiers repères" full research files, today covering,

And, being librarians, the BMLyon *archives* things: Calenge,


* The Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon's main website:

* The BM Lyon online information service, Le Guichet du Savoir:

* The "The News, In Depth" service reported here, Points d'actu !:





The frustrations of "information overload" grow, they do not shrink -- that seems to be axiomatic, in our new digital information universe.

And the tools and filters offered to enable us to cope are not always trustworthy: try searching for "anti-Chinese" materials, in some search engines, or "Nazi memorabilia" in others -- or for "sex", which nowadays gets defined in strange and convoluted ways, by search engine algorithms which do not always show us how they make their decisions... The nets are not value-free, no wertfrei, nor is the Web, nor is digital information: nothing is.

So the solution may reside in context: in exactly what the BM Lyon is doing, in providing its interesting new "Points d'actu!" News-in-Depth service. The background and foreground and history and surroundings, of a news item, may be more significant and helpful to us -- in these "soundbite" days of "managed news" -- than the daily news item itself.

Certainly it seems already to be the case in television: there, network domination seems now to _assure_ us of bias, just as advertising revenue domination of those same networks assures us of superficiality, too. But the Nets now have their problems as well: try your Yahoo home page, or recently even your Google home page -- some websites offer Infotainment force-feeding, others offer vast varieties of little bitty newsfeeds, blogs and rss, "Too much information!" as The Police once wailed...

The BM Lyon is doing all of us a vast service, then: bringing the traditional user-friendly guardians of our "context", librarians, back together with the vast data flood of our Internet "news" features -- and bringing us together with that "context".

If the effort makes more of us stop to analyze, or even simply pause to realize that this needs to be done, it will be better than "just reading the headlines", which is all that most of us can handle nowadays in our 500-Channel-World.


Jack Kessler, kessler@well.com






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