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Gatekeepers of Knowledge by Deirdre Barron, Margaret Zeegers

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Scholars of the second millennium

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Casteleyn (1984: 235) finished her account of Irish libraries and their contribution to scholarship with a 1963 quote from Dermot Foley: ‘The past is behind us. We enter the future palpitating with ambitious speculation.’ It is an idea that raises important questions for the future. The evolution of scholarship and the rise of universities as places of research and scholarship concentration may appear logical, and it would seem an easy task to predict trends that would define scholars of the future. But the events of history that have shaped the notion of scholars have not been predictable; they have been interpreted after the event. Making forecasts of the future of scholarship is difficult, partly ...

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