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Waiting for the (digital) barbarians

Law, Derek (2009) Waiting for the (digital) barbarians. Information Outlook, 13 (8).

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Abstract

Constantine Cavafy's 1904 poem "Waiting for the Barbarians" provides a useful metaphor for where libraries now find themselves. Decked in our professional finery, we wait for the digital natives to arrive. The danger is that by waiting and not acting, we will, like Cavafy's senators, find that the barbarians never come, because they have passed us by as being irrelevant.

Item type: Article
ID code: 16065
Keywords: digital natives, digital libraries, forecasts, trends, internet, user statistics, Information resources, Electronic information resources
Subjects: Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Information resources
Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Information resources > Electronic information resources
Department: Professional Services > Information Services
Depositing user: Professor Derek Law
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2010 09:34
Last modified: 21 May 2015 12:09
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URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/16065

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