How Will You Get Information You Need in a Zombie Apocalypse?

Vicki Jay Leung, Jennifer Soutter


Zombification in the form of neoliberalism has significantly infected our libraries and the information chain, placing the world’s intellectual output at risk. Disaster planning will also be investigated as a response in the information chain to the metaphor of a zombie apocalypse.


neoliberalism, information chain, collective memory, disaster planning, librarians

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