3.00 FYI France: Enewsletter and archive

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

Oct 22, 1995 issue. This file presents an archival copy of the issue of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which was distributed via email on October 22, 1995.
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Versions of the following have appeared online regularly, since 1992, as a feature of the FYI France enewsletter, ISSN 1071-5916, which is distributed for free via email every month except August. Enewsletter 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 -- $35 until January 1, 1997-- 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. Please email suggestions for improvements to me at kessler@well.sf.ca.us .


From kessler October 22 1995

FYI France: EXTRA -- BNdeFrance catalogue via W3 and telnet

Per some email just received and a quick test, telnet to  or to  opale02.bnf.fr , login  opale (or clicking in
through  http://www.bnf.fr , if you have a telnet client), now reaches:

                Bienvenue sur le catalogue BN-OPALE
                de la Bibliotheque nationale de France.

and then you get,

    Bienvenue sur le catalogue informatise de la Bibliotheque Nationale
                         Base BN-OPALE

    Le catalogue est ouvert  du lundi au vendredi de 09h00 a 19h30
                                     et le samedi de 09h00 a 17h30.

(Note: the catalogue appears to function even outside these hours -- I
am using it now at 9pm on a Sunday, Paris time.)

    Il contenait au 1er Juillet 1995 plus de 1 900 000 notices, comprenant :
 	- tous les livres francais et etrangers depuis 1970,
 	- tous les periodiques francais apparus depuis 1974,
 	- tous les periodiques etrangers depuis 1965,
 	- les microformes etablies par le Centre de Sable.

    Il s'accroit d'environ 6 000 notices par mois.


I did a search -- found a book -- it works.

I have had some difficulties, myself, in getting in: hung sessions,
mostly, waiting for the "transaction en cours" sign to go away. Idle
speculation suggests that this will be a very popular service, and that
they may have quite a few "port" and other capacity problems during its
initial stages, which perhaps accounted for my hung sessions. But this
weekend I have been able to log in with enough regularity to be able to
recommend the service now to others.

The Bibliothe`que Nationale de France W3 homepage -- http://www.bnf.fr
-- also looks very promising and well worth a visit, even if you don't
have the telnet client necessary for using it to get to BN-OPALE.

BN-OPALE used in situ at the BN is an excellent service. Allowing for
a few quirks in the mapping of BN terminal keys to foreign personal
computers -- one help message directs you to "the red key" to execute a
particular command -- the telnet version of BN-OPALE also promises to
be an excellent service, a great resource to the international research
community. Fe'licitations to all involved at the Rue Richelieu and


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