The French National Library: A Special Report


  • William Vernon Jackson Dominican University


William Vernon Jackson, Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas in Austin, is currently Senior Fellow at Dominican University. He received the B.A. “With Highest Distinction” from Northwestern University, Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literature from Harvard University, and M.S. (in L.S.) from the University of Illinois. He has held teaching positions at Illinois, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt, as well as Texas

He has long specialized in library development in Latin America, as well as on Latin American resources in U.S. institutions, and has undertaken numerous assignments in all parts of the region. He has been visiting professor at the library schools of the University of Antioquia and the University of Buenos Aires and has written numerous books, reports, articles, and reviews, including Aspects of Librarianship in Latin America (1962, 2nd ser., 1992).

He was awarded the first Fulbright research grant in library science to France and has done extensive research on the Latin American resources of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. The present report is an outgrowth of his ongoing comparative study of the five mega libraries of the western world (Bibliothèque Nationale de France, British Library, Harvard University Library, Library of Congress and New York Public Library.)



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