ORONO, Maine — Just about everything Franco-American is now online, according to the University of Maine Franco-American Centre.
The new Franco American Library contains lists and links to journal articles, published papers, dissertations, biographies, fiction and nonfiction, periodicals, artwork and audio and video materials about Franco-American life, culture and history, according to a university press release issued last week.
A new resource for Franco-American studies that is linked to URSUS, a statewide library database, and to the Maine State Library in Augusta, the website categorizes a virtual collection of items by genre and theme, assigns each item geographic tags, and indicates in which library or public collection each item might be found.
“Up until now, there has been no way to find things written about Franco-Americans,” Susan Pinette, director of Franco-American Studies at UMaine, said in the press release. “This resource has been sorely needed by everyone — both academic and community-based researchers.”
Pinette has worked for the past year with independent researcher Jacob Albert of Augusta to create the comprehensive online bibliography, with financial assistance from the Quebec-based Centre de la Francophonie des Amériques. The center is dedicated to developing a promising future for the French language in the context of cultural diversity by enhancing relationships among Francophones and Francophiles of Quebec, Canada and the Americas, according to its mission statement.
Albert said the resource currently is populated by materials relative to Franco-American interests in Maine, New England and the Canadian Maritimes, but will grow nationally through public use and submissions from users.
The website address is: http://francolib.francoamerican.org/.