Tuesday, December 15, 2009

le patromoine numerique = the continuing saga

Sarkozy has just announced that the French state will contribute over $1.1 billion towards the digitization of France's cultural heritage, in its ongoing attempt to keep control over this heritage while also bringing it to the multitudes through new technologies and taking into account financial realities. For the NY Times article on the subject, see:


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

MANIOC - digital library of Caribbean materials

MANIOC has recently been launched. This is a digital library focusing on the Caribbean, Amazon, and the Guianas which aims to preserve the cultural history of this region. It contains primary and secondary texts, audio and video files of conferences and interviews, and images which document the history, culture, politics, and economics of this area. There is also a catalog of scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers about the region held in research libraries in Martinique, Guadeloupe, and French Guiana, and a link to the digital version of Etudes caribéennes

While the content is currently limited, I hope that it will grow. In the future, materials in MANIOC will also be accessible through Gallica. This is a resource to know and follow about for those of you working on the francophone Caribbean.


Another one

Following on the heels of the last post, yesterday I was amused to see that we had just received Valery Giscard-d'Estaing's new novel:

Giscard d'Estaing, Valéry. La princesse et le président: roman. Paris: Fallois, 2009.

The subject, a romance between the President of France and a British princess. Hopefully it won't win the Bad Sex prize. From the passage on the back cover, it looked a bit too demure for that. Find out for yourself, it should be in the stacks soon.

Commentaire and plot synopsis in Le Figaro...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

New Prize for Les Bienveillantes

After winning the Prix Goncourt in 2006, Jonathan Littell's book has just been awarded the 17th annual "Bad Sex in Fiction Award" from the UK's Literary Review.

For more on this prize, and the passage that convinced the judges, see:

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Recently acquired rare and antiquarian books

In the past few months, among the rare and simply antiquarian books that Stanford has acquired you can find:

Ageorges, Joseph. Voyages sur la terre et dans la lune. [Paris]: Bloud & Gay, 1942.
A utopian novel.

Analecta Juris Pontifici: Recueil de Dissertations sur Differents Sujects de Droit Canonique, de Liturgie, de Theologie et d'Histoire. Vols. 1-12, 14-22 (1855-1883). Paris: Victor Palme, etc., 21 vols.

Des Roches, Catherine Fredonnoit, dame, 1542-1587. La puce de Mme Desroches. Paris, D. Jouaust, 1872.

Eseqvie fatte in Venetia dalla natione fiorentina al serenissimo D. Cosimo II qvarto gran dvca di Toscana il di 25 di maggio 1621. In Venetia : Appresso il Ciotti, 1621.
Beautiful engravings, and a postface by Giorgio Strozzi.

Gatti de Gamond, Zoé, and Victor Adam. Fièvres de l'ame. Paris: Delahaye, 1844. VIII-343 pp., 21 lithographies hors texte par Victor Adam, Ed. Frère, etc.
Charlotte Gatti (1806-1854), an early Belgian feminist, was a follower of Fourier and authored Fourier et son système.

La via femminile. Imprint: Roma : Via Femminile, 1968-1976.
Italian feminist journal

Maistre, J. de. Considérations sur la France. Londres, 1797. Woodcut royal arms on title, woodcut headpiece and some small woodcut tailpieces. (4), iv, 246 pp. 8vo.
Earliest edition held in the US!

Türr, István, 1825-1908. L'opera di Stefano Türr nel risorgimento italiano (1849-1870) Descritta dalla figlia ... Firenze, Tipografia fascista [1928]

Monday, November 23, 2009

Grimod de la Reynière

Some of you may have seen this article in this weekend's New York Times about exploring Paris using a 19th century guidebook. The work in question is the Almanach des gourmands by A. B. Laurent Grimod de la Reynière. If the article piqued your interest, you may like to know that we have an almost complete set of the Alamanchs (missing only vol. 5), which you can consult in Special Collections before your next trip to Paris.

Grimod de La Reynière, Alexandre Balthasar Laurent, and Jean-François Coste. Almanach Des Gourmands, Servant De Guide Dans Les Moyens De Faire Excellente Chère: Par Un Vieil Amateur. [1.]-8. Année.. Paris: Chez Maradan [etc.], 1803-12.

In addition, we have Grimod de la Reyniere's Manuel des amphitryons : contenant un traité de la dissection des viandes à table, la nomenclature des menus les plus nouveaux pour chaque saison, et des élémens de politesse gourmande.
Just in time for Thanksgiving.

Bon appétit!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wednesday primary source #11 - Italian chancellery history

For those interested in early modern Italian diplomatic history...

Title: Memorie istoriche di diversi luoghi, ed altro. Other title: Memorie storiche di diversi luoghi, ed altro

Other title: History as seen from an Italian Chancellery : unpublished manuscript codex, 1565-1614.

Physical Description: 1 v. (529 ff. ; folio, 34.5 x 23 cm)

Note: Bound in contemporary quarter vellum and cartonato, title on spine, text in neat chancellery hands.

Summary: This unpublished manuscript is from the diplomatic archive of an Italian chancellery, probably compiled in the opening decades of the 17th century. It covers a geographically diverse area of interests from England to China, from Mecca to Poland. The 70-odd texts (letters, news reports, laws, travel narratives) are organized by geographical region, beginning with Poland, Russia and Eastern Europe, then Turkey and the Mediterranean battleground, Britain, and the Savoie. Taken together, the collection offers insight into Italian diplomatic interests at the beginning of the 17th century and the manner in which these were recorded in official circles. Summary: Within the text are oddities, such as an account of the Chinese city of Quinsai (Hangzhou) based on Marco Polo and later accounts by Jesuits and Christian merchants, a description of a Haj from Alexandria to Mecca, and, bound in the same section as various documents relating to the Princedom of Savoie, an etiquette manual for pages in the service of a prince. Summary: The collection of documents relating to England and Scotland numbers some 100-odd pages. It includes texts written by Filippo Pigafetta and Placido Ragazzoni. There is a copy of the Treaty of London (1604), a supplication of 1601 by England's Catholics to the King, and a public defense by Sir Robert Cecil against accusations of intrigue against the crown (1606)

MSS CODEX 0093 F 1 Manuscript Collection -- Request at Special Collections Desk

For the full record, click : http://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/6687427

Monday, November 9, 2009


One title caught my eye as I was looking through books that have just arrived in the library:

Marseille, Jacques. L'Oréal: 1909-2009. Paris: Perrin, 2009.


It is folio-sized,with a bright yellow dust jacket and a sketch of a woman's face dwarfed by a swirl of hair. I couldn't resist, and spent some time paging through the book, looking at the old advertisements and historical photos and skimming the text. No piece of fluff, this book is for anyone interested in gender issues and the representation of women, and on fashion, makeup, and hair trends in France over the past century. Particularly fascinating are the sections about the role the company played in hygiene education - getting people to wash their hair once or twice a week with DOP and using soap daily (with advertising focused on public transport, of course!). Also notable are the development of self-tanning lotion and sunscreen, hair dye for women, hairspray, and especially how the influence of L'Oreal on advertising.

New Acquisitions, arrivals from October 2009

Here is a selected list of new books that have recently arrived in the Stanford University Library -


Arnaudo, Marco. Il trionfo di Vertunno: illusioni ottiche e cultura letteraria nell'età della Controriforma. Lucca: Maria Pacini Fazzi editore, 2008.

Balzarro, Anna. Roma durante l'occupazione nazifascista: percorsi di ricerca. Milano, Italy: FrancoAngeli, 2009.

Bondanella, Peter E. New Essays on Umberto Eco. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Cavicchioli, Sonia, and Roberta Iotti. Laura Martinozzi d'Este, fille de France, dux Mutinae: studi intorno a Laura Martinozzi reggente del Ducato di Modena, 1662-1674. Modena: Il Bulino, 2009.

Convegno Gramsci nel suo tempo, and Francesco Giasi. Gramsci nel suo tempo. Annali / Fondazione Istituto Gramsci onlus, 16. Roma: Carocci, 2008.

De Napoli, Olindo. La prova della razza: cultura giuridica e razzismo in Italia negli anni Trenta. Firenze: Le Monnier, 2009.

Di Bartolo, Francesco. Terra e fascismo: l'azione agraria nella Sicilia dopoguerra. Roma: XL, 2009.

Isgrò, Giovanni. Sviluppi delle risorse sceniche in Italia: da D'Annunzio agli anni Trenta. Biblioteca teatrale, 162. Roma: Bulzoni, 2009.

Krause, Elizabeth L. Unraveled: A Weaver's Tale of Life Gone Modern. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009.

Novi Chavarria, Elisa. Sacro, pubblico e privato: donne nei secoli XV-XVIII. Passaggi e percorsi, 14. Napoli: Guida, 2009.

Pegorari, Daniele Maria. Critico e testimone: storia militante della poesia italiana, 1948-2008. Il tridente, 67. Bergamo: Moretti & Vitali, 2009.

Tremolanti, Ezio. Il Settecento, luci ed ombre nelle comunità delle colline pisane: economia, società, demografia del comprensorio larigiano. [Pontedera, Italy]: CLD libri, 2008.

Vianello, Amelia. Gli archivi del Consiglio dei dieci: memoria e istanze di riforma nel secondo Settecento veneziano. Ricerche / Facoltà di lettere e filosofia dell'Università di Venezia, 55. Padova: Il poligrafo, 2009.

Zanoboni, M. Paola. Salariati nel Medioevo, secoli XIII-XV: "guadagnando bene e lealmente il proprio compenso fino al calar del sole". Ferrara: Nuovecarte, 2009.

Zarri, Gabriella. Libri di spirito: editoria religiosa in volgare nei secoli XV-XVII. Torino: Rosenberg & Sellier, 2009.


Bergin, Joseph. Church, Society and Religious Change in France, 1580-1730. New Haven [Conn.]: Yale University Press, 2009.

Da Vinha, Mathieu. Le Versailles de Louis XIV: le fonctionnement d'une résidence royale au XVIIe siècle. [Paris]: Perrin, 2009.

Dandrey, Patrick, and Bernard Beugnot. Génétique matérielle, génétique virtuelle: pour une approche généticienne des textes sans archives. Québec: Presses de l'Université Laval, 2009.

Dreyfus, Pauline. Robert Badinter, l'épreuve de la justice. Issy-les-Moulineaux: Toucan, 2009.

Einaudi, Jean-Luc. Scènes de la guerre d'Algérie en France: automne 1961. Paris: Cherche midi, 2009.

Latry, Guy. La voix occitane: actes du VIIIe congrès de l'Association internationale d'études occitanes, Bordeaux, 12-17 octobre 2005 2 v. Pessac: Presses universitaires de Bordeaux, 2009.

Les cérémoniaux catholiques en France á l'époque moderne: une littérature de codification des rites liturgiques. Turnhout: Brepols, 2009.

Mormiche, Pascale. Devenir prince: l'école du pouvoir en France, XVIIe-XVIIIe siècle. Paris: CNRS, 2009.

Perrot, Michelle. Histoire de chambres. Paris: Seuil, 2009.

Roche, Roger-Yves, and Ruth Amar. Lectures de Modiano. Nantes: Cécile Defaut, 2009.

Roquincourt, Thierry. Articles historiques sur les marines, colonies et outre-mers: XVe siècle-1815 : bibliographie : contribution à un recensement des articles publiés en français parmi une sélection de périodiques des XIXe, XXe, et XXIe siècles. Paris: SPM, 2009.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Early French colonialism

A new bibliography of articles on French colonialism until 1815 just arrived - arranged by author, but with a subject index. For those of you working on the French overseas, this looks to be an important resource. It will be shelved in the Lane Room.

Roquincourt, Thierry. Articles historiques sur les marines, colonies et outre-mers: XVe siècle-1815 : bibliographie : contribution à un recensement des articles publiés en français parmi une sélection de périodiques des XIXe, XXe, et XXIe siècles. Paris: SPM, 2009. 649p.

This updates the author's has an earlier bibliography that focuses on French overseas presence during the French Revolution and Napoleonic period. Click here for the record.


Friday, October 23, 2009

Wednesday (actually Friday!) primary source #10 - Italian family accounts

This would be a great primary source for a seminar paper -

Author: Brancaccio Family
Title: Brancaccio family account book; being a ledger of rents and taxes collected: manuscript codex, January 1624 to April 1637.
Imprint: [Rome?]
Physical Description: 1 volume (126 leaves) ; 4to

This account book, identified on the upper cover as a "Review of things" and as the property of Leonardo, Maria, and one other member of the family, contains detailed descriptions of the monies and goods collected, possibly on behalf of the church. The ledger gives detailed descriptions of rents collected for houses and lands, some paid with money, others paid with grain and goods, plus taxes collected, also paid in money and goods. Several notable names appear throughout the ledger, including those of Medici, Piti, and Borgia.

For the full descriptive record please click here!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

New Acquisitions

Here are some of the books that have recently arrived in the library


Begley, Louis. Why the Dreyfus Affair Matters. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009.

Beigbeder, Frédéric. Un roman français: roman. Paris: Grasset, 2009.

Chauvet, Marie, Rose-Myriam Réjouis, and Val Vinokur. Love, Anger, Madness: A Haitian Trilogy. New York: Modern Library, 2009.

Cinémathèque française, Macha Makeieff, and Stéphane Goudet. Jacques Tati: deux temps, trois mouvements-- : une livre. Paris: Naïve, 2009.

Dreyfus, Michel. L'antisémitisme à gauche: histoire d'un paradoxe, de 1830 à nos jours. Paris: Découverte, 2009.

Du Châtelet, Gabrielle Emilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, and Judith P. Zinsser. Selected Philosophical and Scientific Writings. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009.

Hardwick, Julie. Family Business: Litigation and the Political Economies of Daily Life in Early Modern France. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Hugo, Victor, and Marva A. Barnett. Victor Hugo on things that matter: a reader. New Haven [Conn.]: Yale University Press, 2010.

Lawday, David. Danton: The Gentle Giant of Terror. London: Jonathan Cape, 2009.

Le Clézio, J.-M. G., and C. Dickson. Desert. Boston: David R. Godine, 2009.

Leon, Mechele. Molière, the French Revolution, and the Theatrical Afterlife. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2009.

Lorcin, Patricia M. E., and Daniel Brewer. France and Its Spaces of War: Experience, Memory, Image. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Lyons, John D., and Kathleen Wine. Chance, Literature, and Culture in Early Modern France. Farnham, England: Ashgate, 2009.

Ndiaye, Marie. Trois femmes puissantes: roman. Paris: Gallimard, 2009.

Rockhill, Gabriel, and Philip Watts. Jacques Rancière: History, Politics, Aesthetics. Durham [N.C.]: Duke University Press, 2009.

Schehr, Lawrence R. Subversions of Verisimilitude: Reading Narrative from Balzac to Sartre. New York: Fordham University Press, 2009.

Vergé-Franceschi, Michel. Le voyage en Corse: anthologie de voyageurs de l'antiquité à nos jours. Paris: R. Laffont, 2009.

Wiazemsky, Anne. Mon enfant de Berlin. Paris: Gallimard, 2009.

Wolfe, Michael. Walled Towns and the Shaping of France: From the Medieval to the Early Modern Era. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.


Ajello, Epifanio. Il racconto delle immagini: la fotografia nella modernità letteraria italiana. Biblioteca della modernità letteraria, 12. Pisa: ETS, 2008.

Albertazzi, Daniele. Resisting the Tide: Cultures of Opposition Under Berlusconi (2001-06). New York: Continuum International Pub. Group, 2009.

Angiolieri, Cecco, and Menotti Stanghellini. Il fiore. Italy?: s. n, 2009.

Cutinelli Rèndina, Emanuele. Guicciardini. Sestante, 18. Roma: Salerno, 2009.

Fava Guzzetta, Lia. Tra simbolismo e futurismo, verso Sud. Segni del moderno, 4. Pesaro: Metauro, 2009.

Ferretti, Cinzia. I Memoriali dei Mamellini, notai bolognesi: legami familiari, vita quotidiana, realtà politica, secc. XV-XVI. Bologna medievale ieri e oggi, 7. Bologna: CLUEB, 2008.

Lussana, Fiamma and Giulia Pissarello. La lingua/le lingue di Gramsci e delle sue opere: scrittura, riscritture, letture in Italia e nel mondo : atti del Convegno internazionale di studi, Sassari, 24-26 ottobre 2007. Soveria Mannelli: Rubbettino, 2008.

Mucciarelli, Roberta, Gabriella Piccinni, and Giuliano Pinto. La costruzione del dominio cittadino sulle campagne: Italia centro-settentrionale, secoli XII-XIV. Piccola biblioteca di ricerca storica, 15. Siena: Protagon, 2009.

Pavese, Cesare, and Mariarosa Masoero. Il serpente e la colomba: scritti e soggetti cinematografici. Torino: Einaudi, 2009.

Pirovano, Donato. Dante e il vero amore: tre letture dantesche. Biblioteca della Rivista di letteratura italiana, 19. Pisa: F. Serra, 2009.

Zorzi, Andrea. La civiltà comunale italiana nella storiografia internazionale. Firenze: Firenze University Press, 2008.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Italian and French film fests in San Francisco

New Italian Cinema Event:
11 new and recent Italian films will be shown- November 15-22 at the Embarcadero Cinema in San Francisco.


French Cinema Now:
12 mainly new French films will be screened October 29-November 4 at Landmark's Clay Theatre in San Francisco.


Thursday, October 1, 2009

New e-resources - Caribbean Literature

We have just purchased a new database, Caribbean Literature, from Alexander Street Press.

This resource has the full text of 339 works from the 19th and 20th centuries by Caribbean writers in English, French, and Spanish, and creoles. Regular updates and additions are promised. Currently there are 83 titles in French and French creoles, including poetry, prose, and non-fiction, the majority of which Stanford lacks in print.

This should be a welcome addition to our collections, especially given new course offerings in Caribbean literary and cultural studies. You can search within the full-text, by author, title, and limit your search by place of publication, date range, language, and author details.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Foucault across the Bay -

"The Media Resources Center at the University of
California, Berkeley has made available the most comprehensive collection to date of online audio recordings of lectures and courses by the renowned French philosopher and historian, Michel Foucault. The English language collection features two lecture series delivered at UC Berkeley in the 1980’s on Truth and Subjectivity and Parrhesia. The French language collection offers five complete semester length courses, covering such quintessentially Foucauldian concepts as Parrhesia, governmentality, neoliberalism, security, biopolitics, and sovereignty. The collection includes recordings spanning two decades of thought and instruction, including Foucault’s final 1984 course at the Collège de France.

All recordings can be accessed from the Michel Foucault Audio Archive,


This collection was generously donated to the Media Resources Center by Paul Rabinow, Professor of Social Cultural Anthropology and digitized and edited by Gisèle Binder, Operations Supervisor, Media Resources Center.

Gary Handman, Director
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley"

(Thanks to Claude Potts, my counterpart at UCB, for sending this on)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Speaking of Computers

The "back to school" issue was just released:


You'll find news about various library/digital resources, as well as information for computer users at Stanford software.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Grand Tour database now available

Right before the beginning of this academic year, we were able to push through the purchase of some primary source databases, including:

The Grand Tour (Adam Mathew Digital) : “…this collection of manuscript, visual and printed works allows scholars to compare a range of sources on the history of travel for the first time, including many from private or neglected collections. We include letters; diaries and journals; account books; printed guidebooks; published travel writing; paintings and sketches; architectural drawings and maps.”

This database covers the years 1550-1850, with a spotlight on the eighteenth century. Daily life on the Continent, especially as experienced by British travelers, as well as religious and political life, transportation and science, intellectual exchange, and cultural exploration are all examined through the primary sources and reference materials included in this database. Simple and advanced searching, a dictionary of travelers, and visual resources all make this a worthwhile resource.

If you are a Stanford user, you can access this from the Databases page, or here:


Friday, September 18, 2009

The Tocqueville Review

... is now included in the Project Muse database. As with all Project Muse journals, coverage starts from the first issue included in the database - in this case, Vol. 30, number 1, 2009 -

Here is the blurb about the journal from the University of Toronto Press:

"The Tocqueville Review/La revue Tocqueville

The Tocqueville Review
is a French-American bilingual journal
devoted to the comparative study of social change, primarily in Europe
and the United States, but also covering major developments in other
parts of the world, in the spirit of Alexis de Tocqueville's pioneer
investigations. A journal of social science, the Review publishes essays
on current affairs, history, and political philosophy; it also features
a regular section on Tocquevillean studies."

Stanford's print subscription lapsed in 1990-91, so this addition will pick up coverage with the current issue.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Wednesday primary source #10 - French sailors

This week's primary source is a collection of correspondence between 2 brothers, both French naval officers, in the years immediately preceding the Revolution.

Author: de Saint-Laurent family

Title: Correspondence, 1786-1791.

Physical Description: 60 letters.

Summary: The letters reflect the numerous naval assignments and

ports visited by the brothers; occasionally one

brother or the other lived in Paris. There are good

descriptions of Toulon society and particularly its

women, details of daily life including the expense of

laundry, wigs, and hairdressing, room and board; also

descriptions of hospitals in Martinique and

Guadaloupe, and references to the participation of

French naval vessels in the American revolution.

Note: The correspondence is between two brothers who were

French naval officers based in Toulon in

pre-revolutionary France, at just the time the navy

was threatened with dissolution.



Tuesday, September 1, 2009

New acquisitions -

Here are a few of the books that have recently arrived in the slow days of August...


Bériou, Nicole, and Jacques Chiffoleau. Economie et religion: l'expérience des ordres mendiants (XIIIe-XVe siècle). Collection d'histoire et d'archéologie médiévales. Lyon: Presses universitaires de Lyon, 2009.

Gautier Dalché, Patrick. La géographie de Ptolémée en Occident (IVe-XVIe siècle). Terrarum Orbis. Turnhout: Brepols, 2009

Némirovsky, Irène, and Olivier Philipponnat. Les vierges et autres nouvelles. [Paris]: Denoël, 2009.

Bizarre: anthologie, 1953-1968. Paris: Berg international, 2009.

Glass, Charles. Americans in Paris: Life and Death Under Nazi Occupation, 1940-1944. London: HarperPress, 2009.

Lethuillier, Jean-Pierre, and Daniel Roche. Les costumes régionaux: entre mémoire et histoire. Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2009.

Seifert, Lewis Carl. Manning the Margins: Masculinity and Writing in Seventeenth-Century France. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2009. 339p. $85.00.

Toubert, Pierre and Michel Zink, dirs. Le Moyen Age et la Renaissance au Collège de France. Paris: Fayard, 2009. 665p.


Cammarosano, Paolo. Siena. Il Medioevo nelle città italiane, 1. Spoleto: Fondazione Centro italiano di studi sull'alto Medioevo, 2009. This looks to be the first in a series of guides with useful bibliographical and research notes.

Kirkham, Victoria, and Armando Maggi. Petrarch: A Critical Guide to the Complete Works. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009.

Lupo, Salvatore. History of the Mafia. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009.

Ray, Meredith K. Writing Gender in Women's Letter Collections of the Italian Renaissance. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009.

Patti, Emanuela. La nuova gioventù?: l'eredità intellettuale di Pier Paolo Pasolini. Transference. Novi Ligure (AL) [i.e. Alessandria, Italy]: Joker, 2009.

Saviano, Roberto. La bellezza e l'inferno: scritti 2004-2009. Strade blu. Milano: Mondadori, 2009.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Tintin in the news

Tintin au Congo made the NYT in an article about how libraries deal with books deemed "offensive."


Our copy? On the shelf in Green -
 Author: Hergé, 1907-1983.
Title: Tintin au Congo / Hergé.
Imprint: [Paris] : Casterman, 2006.
Series: (Les Aventures de Tintin ; 2)

1)PN6790 .B44 T573 2006 1 STACKS

But I have been locating some of the more contemporary bandes dessinees and fumetti in SAL3. Of course they are all in the catalog, and you can feel free to ask me for a list of what we have.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Google and the BnF

The BnF and Google are currently in negotiations about the digitization of the French collections, as announced in La Tribune today, and picked up by media outlets .

It seems that funding is a significant issue, "
La seule numérisation des ouvrages de la IIIe République française coûterait par exemple, selon le directeur général adjoint de la BNF, entre 50 et 80 millions d'euros alors que la BNF ne disposerait que d'un budget annuel de numérisation d'environ 5 millions d'euros." (La Tribune)

Le Monde's article:

From former BnF President Jeanneney's tenure (and his book - Quand Google défie l'Europe : plaidoyer pour un sursaut. [Paris?] : Mille et une nuits, c2005. ZA4234 .G64 J43 2005 (English ed. Google and the myth of universal knowledge : a view from Europe, Univ. of Chicago Press, 2007. ZA4234 .G64 J4313 2007), to this announcement is a big step.

The current BnF President, Bruno Racine and his director of collections Denis Bruckmann, visited Stanford this spring, and they obviously have a different view of the situation.

brought to you by...
Sarah Sussman, curator of French and Italian Collections