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June 15, 2013 issue. This file presents an archive copy of the issue of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which was distributed via email on June 15, 2013 -- and, a little later, on, and at Facebook-Jack Kessler's Notes

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FYI France: Pinterest digital libraries, at Europeana


M y enthusiasms here for Pinterest, and general curiosity about new library uses of online images, both find a home now at -- "Welcome to Europeana Professional, where librarians, curators and archivists share digital expertise..."

-- currently, "over 26 million objects, from more than 2200 institutions, from 34 countries", and-growing, see,

-- online there they've been experimenting with Pinterest, and recently I've been having lots of fun experimenting with Europeana's experiments -- for example,

-- here is the "standard" way any library, or any "collection" of anything, might use Pinterest: on their home page now offer a Latest on Pinterest scroll of 20 interesting images, from their vast aggregated collections -- images on which users can click, such as,

* Map of the North Atlantic - 1867. Image: Biblioteca Virtual del Patrimonio Bibliográfico

-- and clicking on the thumbnail image there gives a user the full Europeana bibliographic entry --


Another example:

* The interior of Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba. Image: Fondo Fotográfico de la Universidad de Navarra


And yet another and even more intriguing example, from the website feature, Latest on Pinterest --

* Europeana Twinsies...

-- they are mounting "twinsies" -- famous images from the extraordinary Europeana, played-with a bit by contemporary artists, to dig out new meanings and appreciations -- the caption for the above reads,

-- wait 'til you see what Cheyne Gallarde suggests for a grande olde "young Rembrandt" portrait -- you may not think it an "accurate" likeness of The-Great-Master, but that sort-of is the point here, of Gallarde, of, of the original self-portrait, of Rembrandt himself, perhaps -- all of these are conspiring here, together, to help and even force us to see-things-better, which to some of us anyway is what pictorial "art" is all about...


Also-interestingly, BHLévy is doing something similar, this summer, in a St. Paul de Vence exhibit: juxtaposing various modern works with various Great Masters -- "art is art", BHL proclaims in a recent podcast about his show, "art" is timeless, intriguing, provocative... or it isn't "art"... --

-- at, Pinterest enables a similar sort of intriguing-comparison online, though, thus accessible to a viewer on her mobile physically located-at-the-moment in Paris or Brussels or San Francisco or Bengaleeru or dangling from a rope & nearing the top of El Capitan...


And another example --

-- Van Gogh re-imagined... -- again an interesting, intriguing, provocative juxtaposition, bringing new life to some old art, via the holding institution and Europeana and the Internet and now Pinterest --

-- a more full explanation of the "twinsies" program at Europeana is available at,


One easily can imagine this sort of framework being very useful for any sort of international / transnational cultural cooperation, now: close comparisons of incunabula, variant editions, manuscripts, new releases, always-struggling Small Press items, impoverished-author self-publishing, or, say, "virtually" any shoestring-budget local history realia retrospective -- also collaborative lab experiments, medical test results both image-based and other, wholesale samples, retail sales, political campaigns and revolutions... the mind boggles...

-- almost any "collection" item in which imaging plays, or could play, any sort of analytical role -- one tame-although-epochal recent example of the general possibility being, perhaps, the Codex Sinaiticus --

-- this last an enormously-important work in Western Culture, long-split into pieces for fascinating reasons among four very-separate and virtually-uncommunicative physical locations, united at-last and after great effort thanks to digital information and the Internet... in online images which now may be viewed by anyone, located anywhere in the world, from Tasmania if you'd like, and even on a tiny & inexpensive mobile screen, so they may be compared, cross-checked, analyzed -- or simply, and for the first time in many years, read -- no longer just "preserved", that process historically having been iffy, in the case of any invaluable ancient codex -- and now in addition actually used... by real "hands-on" users, peanut-butter & strawberry-jam fingered and all...


Europeana's slideshow of Pinterest images dresses up their webpage wonderfully. The graphic talents which go into web design are perhaps at their best in the image and text placement and design here: bold large-font captions, assisting and tantalizingly-covering attractive and interesting images, all just the "right" sizes... uncluttered & nearly-"one-box" minimalist design, too, easy-to-read...

And the online digital use of images importantly offers another dimension here: these Pinterest images are designed to be gateways, in the traditional library access-point sense -- each opens onto an entire universe of additional imagery and data, for a user -- clicking on one image reaches many more like it or related to it, plus bibliographic information, plus links and the rest of the online digital access panoply...

It's like a set of 20 windows-to-worlds, flashing across your screen: links and smart-pins and a cascade of imagery, all toggled-open by you personally and at your own personal leisure, for exploring your precise interest plus some you've never thought of, all with just a *click*...

Some of the fascination of terrestrial exploration and discovery, here... Columbus, setting out for Cipangu but discovering The New World instead... little wonder, then, that nowadays kids' eyes are glued to their mobiles' screens, there are fascinating worlds in there... out there...

Félicitations, then, to Europeana, across-the-pond, and to the hard-working crew at Pinterest, down the hill in San Francisco here... Some exciting new access-points and Discovery-paths and Matrix-universes in librarianship are being developed, in all this now.


Jack Kessler,


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