Published in Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, Volume 41, Fall October 1, 2004.
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!
Library and Information Science
2004 by the authors.