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De la modernité d’Eugène Morel, figure marquante de la documentation, pionnier de la modernisation des bibliothèques

Abstract : Eugène Morel occupies a key position among the Francophone pioneers, recognized for their contribution to librarianship and their influence on the evolution of libraries. His works and his reflection, less known than those of the leading figures of documentation such as Suzanne Briet or Paul Otlet, are of a great modernity today, in the current context of changes in libraries. The intermediary between two worlds, inspired by the Anglo-Saxon model of the "public library", Morel was also a go-between bridging two eras, as Georgette and Eric de Grolier's stated in the tribute they paid to him, when he died in 1934. They distinguished two periods, situating Morel's intellectual heritage on the time scale: the one before Morel, when the interests of the non-historical sciences - and even more the interests of the general public - were sacrificed; and the period after Morel, when a movement for public library and documentation was born. In this paper, Eugene Morel's pioneering thought will be explored. Apart from many criticisms of his time, what does his works tell us about the innovative ideas he promoted, drawn from his travels? What is his contribution to the world of information-documentation? How is his contribution resonating today, while the world of libraries is experiencing deep changes that challenge the traditional models? To better understand this scope today, we first situate Eugene Morel's works in his time; and then we study the elements that prove their modernity: his forward-looking vision on the evolution of libraries (third-place libraries; learning centres) as well as the seminal character of his thinking about the library (from book to document, towards information, new system for disseminating and sharing information).
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Yolande Maury. De la modernité d’Eugène Morel, figure marquante de la documentation, pionnier de la modernisation des bibliothèques. Fondements épistémologiques et théoriques de la science de l’information-documentation : hommage aux pionniers francophones Onzième Colloque international d’ISKO-France, Jul 2017, Paris, France. ⟨hal-01637144⟩



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