'Bulletin des bibliotheques de France' (BBF) is today, together with 'Bulletin d'informations de l'ABF' and 'Documentaliste', the most important French periodical devoted to the library science. BBF was launched in 1956 and from the very beginning it won recognition both in France and abroad. Initially, it focused on practical matters: organisation and administration of libraries, acquisition and cataloguing of library collections, and standardisation. BBF also presented the history and work of various libraries. In the 1980s the periodical was restructured: a scientific board was established, the number of synthetic articles on various library-related aspects increased, while the number of articles devoted to specific libraries and library practice decreased. Thus BBF strengthened its role as a forum for scholarly reflection and for education of modern personnel. This profile is still maintained today. The present article analyses the content of BBF, which has demonstrated that BBF is a universal librarian periodical that takes into account all trends within broadly-defined library and information science (from new forms of social communication and sociology of reading, through user-library relations, librarian profession, to automatisation). BBF has been documenting changes in French and world library science, not forgetting completely about issues related to bibliography.
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