Teach students to love the library.
-John N. Gardner, Executive Director of the Policy Center on the First Year of College, told to academic librarians at the 2003 Association of College and Research Libraries conference.
The unspoken conclusion in Gardner's challenge to academic librarians to "teach students to love the library" is or become irrelevant. Recent research shows the importance of student engagement, particularly in the first year of college, to student success and retention in higher education.
Miller, Julie. "The Library Student Liaison Program at Eastern Washington University: A Model for Student Engagement," College & Undergraduate Libraries Vol. 18 No. 1 pp. 1-15.