3.00 FYI France: Ejournal and archive

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May 15, 2008 issue. This file presents an archive copy of the issue of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which was distributed via email on May 15, 2008.

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Libraries digital & other, Antibes-Juan les Pins


As long as the holidays are upon us... but also because this summer-fabled location boasts a brand new library, and website, and an interesting regional library setup...

Opened in December of 2006, the new "Médiathèque communautaire de la Ville d'Antibes-Juan les Pins" has received much good press, and extensive discussion. An excellent photo-presentation of the building project can be found easily online:

-- materials on the architect, the design, the construction, the opening exhibition, the inauguration -- interesting viewing and reading, for anyone involved in a large library project anywhere.

Among the articles about the Antibes-Juan les Pins project which have appeared:

The new Médiathèque presents itself as follows: [tr. JK]

And its main website offers a "Guichet du savoir" inquiries utility, quick access to the Internet links sites of the BPI and BnF in Paris, readers' registration and accounts, and both website and collection catalog search & retrieval.

Also, & very interestingly, Antibes Juan-les-Pins offers online "Recherche malvoyant": the ability to change font sizes and background colors, for basic site usage -- a feature of importance to more than just the officially-sight-impaired, in this era of Baby Boomer and iPhone-blinded library users (moi), as our ageing eyesight grows fuzzy after hours of staring at pixels and and LEDs... I hope someone will suggest this to the cellphone developers...


Antibes is planted in a region, as well, and the regional organization of this "communauté d'agglomération" library system may be of interest. The formerly-tiny fishing villages of Juan les Pins and Antibes, long-combined in reality, have grown from under 50,000 inhabitants in the late 1960s to well over 75,000 now. And the surrounding Alpes Maritime region's population has seen even greater increases -- Sophia Antipolis wasn't even there, in the late-1960s. And, like most world-famous tourist destinations, the eternal local problem here is adjusting to huge variations in street population, from Low Season to High Season, from Festival Week to non-.

How to design, & staff & select & manage & budget, for a library system laboring under such enormous variations in user populations? This setting makes management in a quiet town or large city, with their more even traffic and usage patterns, seem simple. The Antibes-Juan les Pins system offers:

The Mai-Juin "programmation culturelle" demonstrates the varieties best:

-- at Valbonne Sophia Antipolis, simply for their centennial celebration in May, the library offered,

-- and the local branch adds,

-- while down in Antibes-Juan les Pins, of course & as usual, things are pretty active this summer too --


Visitez Antibes-Juan les Pins -- also Valbonne Sophia Antipolis -- their libraries...






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