Intellectual Energy at Digital Commons
What happens to papers and projects

Last year, Jim Sargen's pursuit of lifelong learning and his interest in the impact of technology on the learning process brought him to the library.

"I always wondered about what happened to all of those papers and projects we did when we were in college — especially the good ones. What happened to all of that intellectual energy?"
— Jim Sargen

It was a natural match when Sargen learned about DigitalCommons@CalPoly, a service that promotes discovery, research, cross-disciplinary collaboration and instruction by collecting, preserving and providing access to scholarly work created at Cal Poly.

Sargen is chairman of the board and past president of Triactive America, Inc. Based in Grover Beach, Triactive produces outdoor exercise products. Sargen is also an avid reader.

"I always have a stack of books at hand, only now I have stacks of books, plus a Kindle, my iPad, a Kobo and Nook e-readers as well!"

Sargen made a gift to the Robert E. Kennedy Library that enabled Digital Commons to purchase a state-of-the-art scanner that will enhance the preparation of documents to be archived in the repository and published online. "Some of us were serious about our papers, and some students were working just to get by. Either way, imagine the thousands of hours of effort that go into the process," Sargen said.

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