Free access to the morning sessions

Applications for the afternoon sessions are closed.

CRIICO Summer School, Biblissima                                                              

Bandeau école d'été Biblissima CRIICO

Médiathèque, Orléans
Tuesday 7th – Saturday 11th July 2015

Biblissima Summer School: “The incunabula: from Gutenberg's invention to the Digital Revolution.”
Organised by the multimedia libraries of Orléans in partnership
with the Equipex Biblissima and the Centre d'Études supérieures de la Renaissance, Tours

Published before 1501, the first printed editions, known as incunabula, first captured the interest of booklovers, researchers, and librarians three centuries ago. Today, knowledge of the output from these first fifty years is more widespread as a result of national and international bibliographical research. An inventory of some 30,000 incunabular books has been compiled, which represents around fifty million copies which circulated over a period of roughly fifty years. This summer school will aim to make the attendees aware of the issues surrounding the act of describing, cataloguing, computerising, and digitalising incunabula. It is intended to highlight how interesting it is to approach them scientifically, for example by focusing on the conditions in which they were produced and on their content, and also by reconstructing their journey into the present day through studying their binding and marks of their origins.

The computerisation of the Catalogues Régionaux des Incunables (Regional Catalogues of Incunabula) of the Central-West - the CRIICO project - takes place at the CESR following the initiative of and with the support of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Communications and as part of the Equipex Biblissima.

Information in poster format


Course programme

Access to the morning sessions is free.

Tuesday 7th - Describing and cataloguing old books
8:45-9:15 - Welcome address and introduction
9:15-12:15 - How books were produced in the 15th and 16th centuries – Rémi Jimenes
13:45-15:45 - Classifying books, from yesterday to today – Christine Bénévent, Olivier Morand
16:00-18:00 - Presentation of posters – Romuald Goudeseune

Wednesday 8th – Discovering the incunabula
9:00-12:00 - A short history of the incunabula, from Gutenberg to the first day of the year 1501… - Pierre Aquilon, Frédéric Barbier
13:45-14:45 - Catalogues of incunabula (ISTC, GW, CRI, CIBN…) - Pierre Aquilon
15:00-18:00 - Computerising catalogues of incunabula and working out notes: presentation and practical work - CRIICO team

Thursday 9th – The role of digitalisation
9:00-12:45 - Digitalisation – the ideal solution? - Catherine Angevelle, Florent Palluault
14:15-16:30 - The example of the “Bibliothèques Virtuelles Humanistes” - Marie-Luce Demonet, Rémi Jimenes, Toshinori Uetani
17:00-19:30 - Presentation of remarkable incunabula and practical work - Denis Bjaï, Marc-Edouard Gautier, Julie Sautel

Friday 10th – Characteristics of editions and sources
9:00-13:00 - Binding and signs of origins - Isabelle de Conihout, Monique Hulvey
14:30-16:30 - Practical work: case studies
17:00-18:00 - A base example of holders in the Centre region – CRIICO team

Saturday 11th – From the book to the virtual library
9:00-10:30 - Reconstruction of Medieval and Renaissance libraries - Hanno Wijsman
10:45-12:30 - Some special cases: the Lauzières-Thémines collection in Blois, the collections from the Chezal-Benoist convent in Bourges, the library of the German Nation in Orléans - Pierre Aquilon, Bruno Guignard, Rémi Jimenes, Olivier Morand, Toshinori Uetani

  • Anne-Laure ALLAIN, assistant-ingénieur – CESR, BVH, CRIICO project
  • Catherine ANGEVELLE, conservateur – Université de Lorraine
  • Pierre AQUILON, maître de conférences honoraire – CESR
  • Frédéric BARBIER, directeur de recherche – CNRS / EPHE
  • Christine BENEVENT, maître de conférences – CESR
  • Lauranne BERTRAND, ingénieur d'études – CESR, BVH
  • Denis BJAÏ, maître de conférences – Université d'Orléans
  • Isabelle DE CONIHOUT, expert – Christie's France
  • Marie-Luce DEMONET, professeur des universités – CESR
  • Marc-Edouard GAUTIER, conservateur – Bibliothèques d'Angers
  • Romuald GOUDESEUNE, bibliothécaire – Médiathèques d'Orléans
  • Bruno GUIGNARD, assistant de conservation – Bibliothèques de Blois
  • Monique HULVEY, conservateur – Bibliothèques de Lyon
  • Rémi JIMENES, docteur – CESR, BVH
  • Laura MONNEAU, assistant-ingénieur – CESR, BVH, CRIICO project
  • Olivier MORAND, conservateur – Médiathèques d'Orléans
  • Florent PALLUAULT, conservateur – Médiathèques de Poitiers
  • Toshinori UETANI, ingénieur de recherche – CESR, BVH
  • Hanno WIJSMAN, ingénieur d'études – Institut de recherche et d'histoire des textes (CNRS)

Applications (closed)

  • Basic knowledge of Latin recommended. Education in French.
  • Please bring a laptop computer.
  • Active participation: Each participant will present his or her research and its context on the Tuesday afternoon with a poster as a visual aid which is to be prepared in advance (we recommend A3 as a minimum size, or a montage on a larger sheet). Notice boards will be available for use by participants.

Target audience
  • Students : All French and international students who will hold at least a Master’s degree by the beginning of the academic year 2015/2016, or who are able to prove their research experience.
  • Specialist librarians : This training course can be included in the training programme of your institution or the organisation of which you are an affiliate.

How to apply

Applications are closed.

Application deadline: 30th April 2015
Participants will be informed of the outcome of their application by email by 15th May 2015.

Selection based on application
Minimum number of participants: 10. Maximum number: 15.


Accommodation and food

The course, accommodation and food are completely free for students. The travel costs as well as meals on Monday evening and Saturday lunchtime are, however, to be borne by the participants.

Carte Médiathèque d'Orléans et Gare SNCF
Conferences and practical work
at the Médiathèque d'Orléans:

1 place Gambetta
45000 Orléans

Projet partenarial CRIICO (2015) - Equipex Biblissima (ANR-11-EQPX-0007)