Published in Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, Volume 41, Fall October 1, 2004. Copyright © 2004 by the authors. Published by ISTL.The definitive version is available at http://www.istl.org/04-fall/article3.html.
NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Katherine O'Clair was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
Imagine a dry 105-degree day in the desert. It's your first day of classes -- you're hot, thirsty, and desperately trying to find your way around a large campus teeming with tens of thousands of people. Suddenly an image appears distantly down the sidewalk. You can't make it out at first, but slowly it comes into focus, a sign saying "LOST? Get Help Here!" Is it real or a mirage? As you approach you see smiling faces and people offering you free water -- you've indeed come across an oasis! And what is this place? It's a ... library? ... on the sidewalk!
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