Convergence and divergence between archives and libraries: an archivist’s point of view

Over the course of the centuries, the relationship between archives and libraries has tended to develop towards the specialisation and professionalisation of the respective institutions and a clearer outline of their specific remits. These days, however, this development often appears to be overlooked or even challenged by plans to pool resources. The present article sets out to explore the effects of such convergence – whether requested by the institutions themselves or imposed from above – and particularly its impact on professionals and on users.