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Visiting Librarians: Florian Forestier

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École nationale supérieure des sciences de l’information et des bibliothèques, Lyon (France)


ENSSIB Library Intern, February-April 2010

After Nathalie Fargier in 2001 and Frédérique Hauville in 2003, Florian Forestier is the third student from the French national library school (École nationale upérieure des sciences de l’information et des bibliothèques, Enssib) to spend his internship at the Yale University Library, thus adding to the growing relationship between the two academic institutions. He is also one of six Enssib students who interned in the United States in the spring of 2010 (out of a total of 79 interns, 3 went to libraries in the United Kingdom, 3 to Canada, 2 to French libraries in Italy, and one each in Germany, Morocco, The Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland).

Florian has a bachelor’s in Humanities and a master’s in Philosophy from the University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the universities of Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV) and Toulouse II. At the completion of the Enssib program, he will be appointed to a managerial or curatorial position in a French academic library.

Florian's internship involves assessing Yale's holdings in areas such as contemporary French literature (particularly poetry), philosophy and the social sciences. This will serve as an aid for the future development of European collections. At the same time, he will help identify gaps in the existing works by specific authors in these areas, make recommendations where these are still in print and identify whether we might obtain second-hand copies. His expertise and input will further help the current interim selector for French and Italian Language and Literature, as well as the newly-appointed Librarian for Western European Languages and Literatures, who will rely upon Florian assistance especially in regard to French literary resources.

Florian’s internship will give him an opportunity to visit a number of libraries and collections on campus, to familiarize himself with the work of several units and departments across the Library system, and to explore various activities, resources and services in a large academic and research library.

Founded in 1992 as a successor to the École nationale supérieure de bibliothécaires (ENSB), Enssib is France's national school for information and librarianship. Directly administered by the Ministry for Higher Education and Research, it trains library and information managers and carries out research in the fields of information science, librarianship and the history of the book.