But anyway, a poster session I viewed at ACRL questioned "Do Students want Librarians in Their Turf?" The librarian, Jenny Emanuel from the University of Central Missouri, is a Millennial librarian, too, and is skeptical about libraries invading students' turf.
Here's what she found in the 50 responses to her survey:
- 80% have social network profiles, which is less than she (and I) expected
- "Only 34% of students would add a librarian as a friend; 18% would not; and 48% indicated a maybe"
- Students were asked to indicate what type of library-related information they'd be interested in receiving through a social network - links to resources in their major (68% yes), ability to ask a question of a librarian (63%), search for library materials (62%), links to other resources (59%). 15% did not want any linked content
I think we can be in the social networks, but I don't think we should force ourselves into their friends list.