How do we extend the library's reach? We know that when students are working on assignments and projects, more likely than not, they will turn to their peers for help. Students surveyed in a recent study reported turning to friends or classmates 61 percent of the time when they needed help using the Web. Let's face it, librarians are not our students' first pick! Our campuses are a hubbub of student interaction, a literal social soup, yet librarians often stand on the sidelines. By venturing out of the library and jumping into the soup, we can tap into the daily lives of students and grow new ways for them to get to know us, the library, and the library's resources.
Ruediger, C., & Neal, S. (2004, February). Tapping into student networks. College & Research Libraries News, 65, 78-80.