Waiting for the barbarians: seeking solutions or awaiting answers?

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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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEnvisioning Future Academic Library Services
    Subtitle of host publicationInitiatives, Ideas and Challenges
    Place of PublicationLondon
    Number of pages14
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010

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    Keywords

    • library services
    • libraries
    • academic libraries
    • librarianship

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