We’ve got podcasts, videos and now, more voices! It’s been just over a year since we launched Kennedy Library Out Loud. Setting out, one of our primary purposes was to share podcasts and videos – unique content from library events and exhibits – that feature the faculty and students of Cal Poly, and we’re doing that. Just click on the podcasts category and our Vimeo and you’ll see.
The prestigious John Cotton Dana Award is given by the American Library Association (ALA) to recognize “outstanding achievement in the promotion of library services.” Kennedy Library is one of eight winners of a $10,000 grant and likely the first inspired by 1980s glam rock.
Some of the best ideas are born under pressure.
That’s certainly true with Cal Poly 24-hour Hackathon participants Jack Maize, Ali Albiani and Kevin DeBoer, who won an award for best library app. Jack, Ali and Kevin are the minds behind the app concept Fish Bowl, which allows users to reserve Kennedy Library’s fish bowls, the collaborative study rooms on the second floor.
Before starting work on a video (watch it below) starring the smart and talented Kennedy Library LibRATs, the only thing I knew about the students was based on the rat logo I’d seen in the library. Like most Cal Poly students, I had no idea that the LibRATs were in fact a revolutionary and controversial program in Library Land.
Colette Hayes attended Cal Poly from 1998 to 2002 and worked at Kennedy Library her freshman, sophomore, and senior years (because junior year, she was studying abroad). Recently she got back in touch!
As part of getting to know Colette, I asked her a few questions about what she’s doing now, which includes working towards a master’s in library and information science at San Jose State University. During our email exchange Colette wrote: Kennedy Library was integral to my sense of community at Cal Poly, and that has influenced my vision of how academic libraries should be.