The host institutions of the 2016 SHARP conference are the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF, where most of the sessions will be held), the Comité français international bibliothèques et documentation (CFIBD), and the Bibliothèque universitaire des langues et civilisations (BULAC).

About the BnF

The Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) collects, preserves and provides access to the documentary national heritage. The BnF collections are unique : they include 14 million books and magazines as well as manuscripts, prints, photographs, maps and plans, scores, coins, medals, sound, video and multimedia documents, sets, costumes, etc. These collections continue to grow regularly. Over one million visitors discover the library each year and over 3 million documents are available for free via Gallica, the BnF’s digital library.

The collections of the BnF are split between five different sites open to the public. SHARP 2016 will take place at the François Mitterrand library, which opened in the 13th arrondissement in 1996.

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About the CFIBD

The CFIBD is a not-for-profit association that promotes French libraries and documentation centers internationally. From its origins as a French coordinating committee for the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions  (IFLA) conference held in Paris in 1989, the CFIBD has expanded to include four primary missions: 1) to coordinate and support the international activities of French libraries and documentation centers and their associations; 2) to support the participation of French library professionals at conferences and colloquia abroad, especially the IFLA; 3) to promote the cooperation of libraries and documentation centers across Europe and beyond, and to help build  international networks; 4) to support Francophone culture, and linguistic diversity more generally, in international organizations.

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The Bibliothèque universitaire des langues et civilisations (University library for the study of languages and civilizations) is a publicly accessible library specialized in the languages and civilizations of the non-western world.  It is located alongside the French National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO) in the Languages and Civilisation Centre (Pôle des langues et civilisations) that was created in the 13th arrondissement of Paris in 2011.

BULAC’s printed and electronic resources cover the Balkans, Central and Eastern Europe, the Maghreb, the Near East, the Middle East, Central Asia, Africa, Asia, the South Pacific and native American civilizations. Its holdings include works from 180 countries in nearly 350 languages and in over 80 different scripts. Linguistics, literature, history and other fields in the humanities and social sciences are among the vast disciplinary fields that BULAC covers to promote understanding of these cultural spaces.

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