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Think Tanks and Intellectual Authority Outside the University: Information Technocracy or Republic of Letters?

  • Dolan Cummings

Abstract

Readers at the British Library are sometimes asked to fill in surveys about their use of library services. Typically, they are asked first to specify whether they use the library for academic, business or other purposes. In this chapter, I am concerned with the final category, ‘other’. My concern is less with what exactly these ‘other’ readers are up to, however – though that is an intriguing question – than with how the value of their work is to be assessed in the absence of academic or commercial discipline.

Keywords

Academic Discipline Public Engagement Knowledge Society British Library Intellectual Work 
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