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Malian librarians at the BnF © Béatrice Lucchese / BnF
Profession Culture is a programme that welcomes culture professionals from abroad in France. The programme was set up in 2003 by the Ministry of Culture, making it a priority as an international programme. It is operated by French public cultural institutions under the guidance of the Ministry.
The programme is aimed at seasoned professionals working in cultural institutions outside of France in an operational capacity whose projects are related to the collections and services, scientific work, cultural programs, management or development projects of the BnF.
Applicants must propose a strong project based on knowledge and skills exchanges, the outcome of which can contribute to the reinforcement of relations between the BnF and their institutions/countries of origin.
The main elements which are taken into consideration by the BnF are:
Transportation to France is paid for by applicants. It can be funded by their institution or by any other type of support.
The chosen professionals go through a rigorous selection process.
The cultural services of the Embassies of France receive the call for application from the Ministry of Culture and communicate it to relevant institutions. They can collect applications and conduct the first screening process. Alternatively, applications can be sent directly to the BnF, requested by the BnF itself or be transmitted through the Ministry of Culture.
Once at the BnF, applications are transmitted to the International Relations Delegation. The delegation takes into account the context according to the current relations between the BnF and the institution or country of origin. The application forms are then transmitted to the directions and departments likely to welcome the applicants. They then evaluate and formulate an opinion about the proposed project following criteria of interest, availability and skills. All applications are examined by a commission presided by the International Relations Managing Director. After validation by the BnF General Direction, applications are transmitted with due feedback to the Ministry of Culture which is in charge of the final selection process.
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Ms Adjarata KONE, Head of the Conservation Office at the National Library of Côte d’Ivoire
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Mr Achal PANDYA, Director of the preservation department at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), India
Mr Patrick TARDIEU, Curator at the Haitian Library of the Fathers of the Holy Spirit (BHPSE), Haiti
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