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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
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    Depositing user: Professor Derek Law
    Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2010 09:34
    Last modified: 12 Mar 2012 11:03
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/16065

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