Greetings from the Dean

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Robert E. Kennedy Library. The current building was dedicated on April 2, 1981. So much has changed for libraries during that time!

We are a field that has totally reinvented itself due mainly to the advances in computer and communication technologies. In a very real sense, the library never closes now and our resources are available to Cal Poly faculty and students anywhere in the world because of our ability to use our digital resources over the network. You can even ask reference questions 24/7.

In Kennedy Library, we contribute to our students’ learn-by-doing education in many ways. Our librarians dedicate themselves to teaching the skills to navigate and evaluate the world of information on the web, in government documents, journals, books and the media. We create spaces where students can collaborate, and we provide access to the technology and the services to be successful. We help to create the habits to keep up with one’s field and thereby teach the skills necessary to be a lifelong learner.

From Kennedy Library’s 2011 Annual Publication (15.54 MB)

This year the Kennedy Library proudly accepted responsibility for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). OLLI offers a range of learning opportunities for seniors in the San Luis Obispo region. As the new home for OLLI, we welcome our neighbors to join us in the never-ending quest to learn about the world around us.

As we look to the coming year, we see a range of challenges before us. The faculty and staff of the Kennedy Library remain as committed as ever to helping Cal Poly students of all ages succeed in their quest for knowledge. Throughout the year we’ll be looking for opportunities to celebrate our 30th anniversary. Please join us.

Michael D. Miller
Dean of Library Services