3.00 FYI France: Enewsletter and archive

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

Dec 18, 1996 issue. This file presents an archive copy of the issue of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which was distributed via email on December 18, 1996. This particular issue originally was distributed in two parts, as indicated below.
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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@well.com Wed Dec 18 16:39:10 1996

FYI France EXTRA: Opening of the Bib Nat.deFrance/F.Mitterrand!

French President Jacques Chirac inaugurated the new buildings of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France on Tuesday, December 17. The new site is to be called the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand.

The Bibliothèque de France now will consist of 1) the non - print departments which remain at the old rue Richelieu site, 2) the new annexes at Marne la Vallée (yes, this is near EuroDisney), 3) the old annexes such as Sablé and Provins, and 4) the new Tolbiac - site Bibliothèque François Mitterrand.

For those possessing both W3 access and French, there is excellent background coverage, written by Le Monde's able Emmanuel de Roux -- he has been both present and persistent since the creation on this one -- and Frédéric Edelmann, at,


(these articles appear in the Dec 17 printed issue of Le Monde, as well)

and the BNF itself has mounted a handsome new W3 homepage -- with a "Visite Virtuelle" specially designed for the "Inauguration", containing some impressive images -- at,


For those of us who have exulted and occasionally suffered along with the development of this project -- these 8 years -- the ceremonial occasion is significant.

There are those who will point out that the books are not in yet: a small collection -- 180,000 volumes -- will be open to the general public beginning December 20, but the full collection move is expected now to extend well into 1988. There are those who now will resurrect all the old issues: books "french fried" under / behind glass or drowned in below - river - level basements, too - tall towers, garden trees which might or might not grow, the "rare woods" controversy, the "champignons", the cost. There are some unresolved issues as well: digital access, above all -- the extent to which the French will be able to realize, will be able to afford, some of the most exciting digital access projects proposed anywhere in the world so far.

But the French did get their building built. This alone is an achievement which puts them far ahead of the pipedreams which so often characterize any projects of this size. Félicitations -- messieurs, mesdames, mesdemoiselles -- et Meilleurs Voeux.

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


FYI France (sm)(tm) e - newsletter        ISSN 1071 - 5916

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