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Written by Jan Kline three years ago

My Sister’s Keeper? All My Puny Sorrows, by Miriam Toews

Hearing the set-up for this novel made me wonder if I was made of stern enough stuff to get through it. Yoli, a divorced woman in her forties, with plenty of her own problems, has to repeatedly try to talk

Written by Jan Kline three years ago

Admission, by Jean Hanff Korelitz

After careening through her latest novel, You Should Have Known, I was excited to learn that Jean Hanff Korelitz had quite a few earlier books. Admission appealed to me immediately because of its setting — academia — and the fact

Written by Jan Kline four years ago

Us, by David Nicholls

Sad and funny is one of my favorite combinations in a novel, and this one has the perfect balance.

Written by Jan Kline four years ago

Two books, two marriages, two psychopaths: You Should Have Known, and Gone Girl

These two books could put you off marriage altogether. Every married person has the occasional “who ARE you??” moment with their spouse, but both of these books take it to extremes.

Written by Jan Kline four years ago

Amy Falls Down, by Jincy Willett

Amy Gallup is a crotchety, misanthropic 60-year-old author and writing teacher who would strongly prefer to be left alone. At home. With her basset hound, Alphonse. (Her mantra, in Willett’s prequel, The Writing Class: Kill Me Now).

Written by Karen Lauritsen four years ago

Judy Drake recognized for her support of Cal Poly’s Black Faculty and Staff Association

Photo of Judy with award

This summer, Cal Poly’s Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) recognized Judy Drake for her tireless efforts in support of both students and the BFSA. Judy is a library services specialist in Access Services, and has been serving the students

Written by Jan Kline four years ago

The Antagonist, by Lynn Coady

The novel made up entirely of letters isn’t a new form. But the email novel is a newer development — not that there aren’t already enough examples of them out there to make writing one a potentially slippery slope ending

Written by Karen Lauritsen four years ago

Kaila Bussert named new Foundational Experiences Librarian

Kaila Bussert joined Cal Poly on July 7 as the new Foundational Experiences Librarian. Kaila will work across the campus to develop instructional and recreational programming to support the development of competencies and literacies that are the underpinning of a

Written by Karen Lauritsen four years ago

Kennedy Library collaborating with Graphic Communication on new Wadewitz Collection

The June 1902 cover for The Inland Printer, an important industry trade journal published for over six decades.

Kennedy Library has been working with the Graphic Communication department in the College of Liberal Arts on a recent gift to Cal Poly, the E.H. Wadewitz Collection, donated by the Printing Industries of America.

Written by Jan Kline four years ago

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt

It took eight months of waiting, but finally the library copy of The Goldfinch stayed on the shelf long enough for me to get my mitts on it. As it was, I had to jerk it out of my sister’s

Written by Karen Lauritsen four years ago

Deeper access to the research you need: 250+ journals now available

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This post is written by Tim Strawn, director of information resources. Using a data-driven evaluative process, Kennedy Library, with special one-time funds, purchased perpetual access to a large number of high-demand electronic journal back files. This means that faculty, students

Written by Charlie Williams a few days ago

SLOmecoming: A look at Cal Poly’s Homecoming traditions

Charlie Williams (BA, ‘19) and Courtney Thompson (MA, ‘20) are student assistants in Special Collections and Archives. They curated an exhibit on Homecoming traditions through Cal Poly’s past. The original exhibit was placed on the second floor of Kennedy Library and

Written by Robert Hostetler about a week ago

Learning History Through First Hand Accounts

Hi! My name is Robert, I’m a 4th year history major and I have been working as a student assistant in the Robert E. Kennedy Library Special Collections and Archives since January 2018. In my months as a student assistant, one

Written by Ella Worley a few weeks ago

Spooky Season in Special Collections

Halloween is upon us, so we’ve dug up some spooky (and a few not-so-spooky) books in Special Collections and Archives to set the tone. Everything previewed below, plus a few extra titles, are available at Special Collections and Archives on the

Written by Hailey Koetz a few weeks ago

Textbook Match: Decreasing Textbook Cost, Increasing Student Access and Inclusion

Libraries represent different things to different people, but at the core of their mission, they are a means by which people gain access to knowledge. That’s one reason Kennedy Library has implemented Textbook Match, a program designed to lower costs

Written by Laura Sorvetti a few weeks ago

October is California Archives Month!

Every October we celebrate California Archives Month, part of the national American Archives Month, a collaborative effort by archivists and repositories across the nation to highlight the importance of archival records. Learn more about California Archives Month here. Special Collections and Archives

Written by Courtney Thompson two months ago

The Evolution of Musty the Mustang

Can you imagine? “Ride high, mules!” Well, neither can we here at Special Collections and Archives. Be glad that the Class of 1925 determined the mustang a better fit for their mascot. Cal Poly, established in 1901, did not have a

Written by Hailey Koetz two months ago

Learn By Doing Scholar Award Recipients Announced

At the Fall Convocation, which took place on September 13th, 2018, six faculty members were awarded the Learn by Doing Scholar award. They are honored for their contributions to Cal Poly’s signature pedagogy, Learn by Doing. This award is an

Written by Laura Sorvetti two months ago

Move-In: 100 years of Cal Poly dorm living

It’s mid-September, that energetic time when thousands of students return to San Luis Obispo after the summer break. Here’s a look back at campus living since the first move-in in 1903. Cal Poly’s first on-campus living Dormitory Row Three more dorms were added

Written by Charlie Williams two months ago

Falling Down the Archive “Rabbit Hole”

Charlie Williams (HIST ’19) is a student assistant in Special Collections and Archives. Here she looks a variety of sources from the University Archives that were all created to capture a single event in Cal Poly’s history. “What is it like

Written by Jan Kline three months ago

Two Art-Themed Novels: The Italian Teacher and Still Lives

I recently read two very different novels centered in the world of visual art. Tom Rachman’s The Italian Teacher begins in 1950s Rome, and at first focuses on a bigger-than-life artist, Bear Bavinsky. Bear personifies the worst of the egotistical