January 21, 2022

France: Employee Held in National Library of France (BNF) Theft

From The NY Times: The French police have detained a low-level employee of the National Library of France in connection with the disappearance of a collection of 43 engravings by 16th-century artists valued at up to $4.4 million. It was the second theft uncovered at the library this year, which holds more than 14 million […]

France Passes New Laws on the "Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books"

The Global Legal Monitor from the Library of Congress provides a summary of the recently passed legislation but writer/tweeter @BlankTextField (based in France) says the article include a few inaccuracies. From the Global Legal Monitor This Law adds a new chapter to the French Intellectual Property Code, comprising articles L.134-1 to L.134-9. Article L. 134-1 […]

France: The BNF (Natl. Library of France) Uses Private Partners to Digitize its Collection

From a LeMonde Article (In French, Mechanical Translation via Google): The National Library of France announced Wednesday, July 6, launching an appeal to private partners for the digitization and enhancement of its collections. “Today is a historic step,” said President BNF, Bruno Racine , during a joint press conference in Paris with the Minister of […]

New Report From National Library of France: "Internet Archive: Forecast Study About Perceptions and Expectations of Potential Users"

From an Overview Paragraph: Since 2006, the BnF (National Library of France) has been responsible for the legal deposit of internet resources. Automatic harvesting is performed 24 hours a day by the digital legal deposit service. Resources collected are available on a trial basis at the Research Library. During this experimental phase, it was important […]

3D Photosynth Image of the Mitterand Library (National Library of France) in Paris

Here’s a Photosynth (the technology comes from Microsoft) of the Francois-Mitterand Library, the home of the Bibliothèque nationale de France/National Library of France) in Paris. Direct to the Photosynth How Does It Work In simple terms, Photosynth allows you to take a bunch of photos of the same scene or object and automagically stitch them […]