Waiting for the (digital) barbarians

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalInformation Outlook
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009


    • digital natives
    • digital libraries
    • forecasts
    • trends
    • internet
    • user statistics


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