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Waiting for the barbarians: seeking solutions or awaiting answers?

Law, Derek (2010) Waiting for the barbarians: seeking solutions or awaiting answers? In: Envisioning Future Academic Library Services: Initiatives, Ideas and Challenges. Facet, London. ISBN 1856046915

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    Abstract

    Cavafy's (1961) famous poem describes the paralysis induced when waiting for an event that never happens, finding distraction in other things while expecting imminent cataclysm. Libraries have perhaps been guilty of this in recent years, joining the chorus bemoaning the imminent arrival of the digital barbarians and undertaking a whole series of avoidance tactics which make libraries ever more efficient but ever less relevant. Like Cavafy's senators, libraries have prepared themselves, decked themselves in finery but have waited for the future to come to them rather than gone out to engage with it.

    Item type: Book Section
    ID code: 20106
    Keywords: library services, libraries, academic libraries, librarianship
    Subjects: Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Library Science. Information Science
    Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Libraries (General)
    Department: Professional Services > Information Services
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      Depositing user: Professor Derek Law
      Date Deposited: 20 May 2010 10:54
      Last modified: 19 Mar 2012 01:54
      URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/20106

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