International bodies

The BnF's involvement in international professional organizations and associations leads to take part in the seminars and events in this category.

Multi-disciplinary organizations

Conference of Directors of National Libraries (CDNL)

The CNDL is an international association of national library directors. It was created in 1974.

The BnF takes part in the CDNL's annual meeting and in working groups set up to deal with the key issues of national libraries.

Conference of European National Librarians (CENL)

The CENL was founded in 1987. Its members are the national libraries of the member states of the Council of Europe. Its aim is to develop and reinforce the role of national libraries in Europe, particularly in the fulfillment of their core duties, which are conserving the national cultural patrimony and providing access to knowledge for all. Bruno Racine, President of the BnF from 2007 to 2016, also chaired the CENL from 2011 to 2015.

Since 2004, the library is involved with others national libraries, members of the CENL, in the construction of the European Library, gateway to digital resources of European national libraries.

The BnF also sits on the Common Committee between the CENL and the Association of European Publishers working on the deposit of electronic documents.

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

Founded in 1927, the IFLA is made up of library associations, librarians and information services and of library and information organizations from the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Its objectives:
  • promoting quality standards for the development of libraries and information services;
  • contributing to better recognition of the role and value of library and information services;
  • representing the interests of its members across the world.
To achieve these objectives, IFLA has set up:
  • core activities which act as permanent centers for the implementation of approved professional recommendations and for the execution of the activities planned by the Federation;
  • divisions, which are themselves subdivided into sections, whose role is to encourage and coordinate professional work in sectors relating to a particular type of institution or professional activity, or to other aspects of the Federation's work, in order to present proposals and recommendations able to be applied by the entire professional community;
  • new inter-section working groups intended to tackle the issues connected with new information technologies, communications and the electronic environment.

The federation's activities are the result of the contributions from all these professional units.

From 1992 to 2013, BnF hosted the IFLA Strategic Programme on Preservation and Conservation  (PAC).

BnF's participation in IFLA federation

As a member of IFLA, the Bibliothèque nationale de France has representatives in the following professional units:

  • Division I: Library Types
    • National Libraries Section: Isabelle Nyffenegger, International Relations Department (Délégation aux relations internationales)
  • Division II: Collections
    • Acquisition and Collection Development: Jérôme Fronty, Publics and Mediation Department (département des Publics et de la médiation)
    • Preservation and Conservation: Annie Bonnaud, Conservation Department (Département de la conservation)
    • Serials and other Continuing Resources: Philippe Mezzasalma, Law, Economics and Politics Department (Département Droit, économie, politique)
    • News Media: Arnaud Gilles, Law, Economics and Politics Department (Département Droit, économie, politique)
  • Division III: Library Services
    • Bibliography: Mathilde Koskas, Legal Deposit Department (Département du Dépôt légal)
    • Cataloguing: Vincent Boulet, Metada Department (Département des Métadonnées) and Patrick Le Boeuf, Performing Arts Department (département des Arts du spectacle)
    • Knowledge Management: Elisabeth Freyre, International Relations Department (Délégation aux Relations internationales)
    • Information Technology: Emmanuelle Bermès, Services and Networks Division (Direction des Services et des réseaux)
  • Division IV: Support of the Profession
    • Statistics and evaluation: Franck Hurinville,  International Relations Department (Délégation aux Relations internationales)
  • Within this framework, the BnF's staff conducts numerous projects, contributing to the definition of new concepts, the establishment of new recommendations or practices and the publication of reference works and work tools. Aside from the activities carried out within these groups, the BnF takes part in the discussions and debates during the annual congress organized by the Federation and presents many papers at this event.

    In 2014, the BnF co-organised and actively participated to the 80th IFLA Congress which was held in Lyon.

League of European Research Libraries (Ligue des bibliothèques européennes de recherche/LIBER)

LIBER is a non-governmental organization, created in 1971 under the auspices of the Council of Europe, whose aim is to represent and promote the interests of European research libraries.

The BnF actively participates in LIBER's work. It has a representative in one of the organization's four professional divisions (library management and administration) and its Map and Plan department is part of LIBER's Map Curators' Group, a committee of experts attached to the Collection Development Division.

The Library is member of the network set up by LIBER to insure security of European cultural heritage .

Tuesday, August 2, 2016