A growing number of different types of documents are currently available electronically and can be analysed by computer. Literary texts and their specific characteristics are also being analysed in this manner and researchers greet this development with interest or scepticism. The development of electronic libraries invites information specialists to apply their expertise and to diversify their services to meet the new needs of better informed clients. A test case using the SATO software (Système d'analyse de texte par ordinateur) was carried out on a collection of poems, Regards et jeux dans l’espace by Saint-Denys Garneau; the intended purpose of this trial was to highlight certain facts and their interpretations using different approaches, varying from statistical to semantic analyses. Large-scale studies using the complete works of a author are possible, renewing to the study of certains types of literary issues.
The possibilities of intranets as communication infrastructures and tools for document dissemination are unparalleled. Several different types exist: some are designed to answer the needs of the whole organisation, others are designed to meet the specific needs of a department or a group of persons. This article presents the results of the introduction of a document centre on an intranet by the author in two ISO 9000 certified laboratories. It also demonstrates that a private Web network doesn't necessarily have to be a vast project using considerable human, financial and technical resources. A discussion of the impact of the development of virtual information centres on current practices concludes the article.