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     In synergy with the Foundation of the Freudian Field, an international network of those who devote themselves to study, dissemination and practice of psychoanalysis in reference to the teaching of Jacques Lacan and the “return to Freud” he promoted; the International Federation of Lacanian  Orientation Libraries in the Freudian Field, established in 1990, encourages the establishment of libraries of psychoanalysis and related disciplines and promotes exchanges between them. The FIBOL comprises a network of libraries of which there is an official list. A Library “member” of the FIBOL is necessarily open to the public, regularly updated and its activities have an impact on cultural and scientific life of the cities where they are located. There are also “adherent” Libraries which, though small in volume, take similar initiatives, both as regards the organization of funds as to the opening of the city life. Libraries “under construction” are initiatives that subscribe to the aims of the Federation, feed their funds from publications donated by the Freudian Field and do not yet have a public venue or, if they do, its address is provisional. The ‘reference’ libraries are dependent on public or private institutions that maintain partnerships with the libraries of FIBOL. The Inter-changes list, an electronic distribution list for news, reviews and critical readings, maintains its productions at virtual contact.
 FIBOL works  the virtual Freudian Field library to guide a computerization shared by each library. Every two years, working International Meetings are held: PIPOL in Europe and the American Encounter on this side of the Atlantic. The Bureau of FIBOL ensures coordination between network libraries and promotes joint projects between them. The FIBOL has a magazine, “Colophon”, which appears three times a year. Its Drafting Committee and its headquarters respond to permutation principle shared by all of the Freudian Field. Every so often Colophon is published simultaneously from both sides of the Atlantic, in Spanish. A Library of Lacanian Orientation is one of the methods of work in the Freudian Field, what at least has impact: A) FIBOL follows for years a policy oriented to put the libraries as a practical link, in its position of lacanian action, with the psychoanalysis fans and the enlightened opinion of each city. It resumes the expression of Jacques-Alain Miller, in the sense of engaging in “Freudian education” of the population. Like the school, a library opens its doors not only to specialists, welcomes both analysts and non-analysts.  B) Has a procurement policy that gives priority to psychoanalysis. The works of Freud and Lacan are its roots and trunk, in the language that corresponds to its geographical position as in the original languages. Then, there are various branches farming. On the one hand, references to these works refer directly, as part of the classical cultural background, in addition to be more immediately, his contemporaries, on the other hand, the jobs they have made possible due his students and disciples, which leads to the more accessible branches, such as individual or collective publications (magazines, books, newsletters, minutes, etc..) arising from the different instances of the Freudian Field, present and future. Finally, research and work of the disciplines related call. The Freudian Field is part of our present, so can not dispense with finding out what jobs are likely to instruct and clarify their own domain. C) Hold controversial practice of discussion and instruction on new sources are three directions that keep the Freudian Field side lights. Therefore the Libraries of the Lacanian orientation can not simply make available to readers with the broadest possible range of volumes, but must make efforts, in particular the organization of presentations, lectures, debates and other forms of expand the realm of discussions on the occasion of the works that appear to bring relief and the reading of them allows the Freudian Field D) The elucidation of analytic practice, without which its ends and means suffer an inevitable impair, passes through an informed elaboration, not just their own avatars, but also during the time that is required. Libraries are an indispensable tool for the job. Offering a first-hand documentation, without which it can not get any real work, either study or teaching, put a treasure for everyone. E) The debate and criticism are part of the record of work in intent and form a hinge between that register and the the one in extension. The debate should not be reduced to a domestic issue that affects the analytical result by and for itself; puts this case in particular in its relations with science to, even having it as a condition of possibility, distinguished from it and thus be able assess its consequences. That is, intent work scope and extent work touch each other  without confusion.

Judith Miller


Translation: Edgar Marin