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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 Jan Kline a few days 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

Written by Hailey Koetz a few days ago

Working as a Librarian in the 21st Century

From the rise of smartphones to the use of online databases, life as it was thirty years ago, life without Facebook and the iPhone, is merely a memory in the minds of an older generation. With new technology, librarians are a

Written by Ella Worley a few weeks ago

Special Collections’ KCPR History Playlists

Ella Worley (WVIT ’19) is a student assistant in Special Collections and Archives and KCPR Programming Director. Read all the KCPR stories from the archives here. What’s that sound? It can’t be coming from Special Collections and Archives, they’re much too quiet! But

Written by Courtney Thompson a few weeks ago

Detectives in the Archives: Poly Royal edition

Cal Poly’s annual Open House is a time when the university comes together to show off their green and gold pride to the community, alumni, prospective students, and their families. This year Cal Poly celebrated its 25th Annual Open House, but there has

Written by Courtney Thompson a few weeks ago

Cal Poly’s First Graduation

Twice a year, Cal Poly celebrates its students’ ultimate achievement: graduation. Often referred to as commencement, this celebration has its roots at Cal Poly going all the way back to 1906 with the first graduating class. Cal Poly was a completely

Written by Hailey Koetz one month ago

Student assistants give, Kennedy Library gives back: Graduates reflect on experience working at Cal Poly’s library

With spring quarter finished, graduations complete, and the hot days of summer in San Luis Obispo upon us, Kennedy Library would like to highlight some of the graduating student assistants who have worked to improve the library and campus for

Written by Ella Worley three months ago

KCPR’s Origins AKA Burnt Dog’s Beginnings

Ella Worley (WVIT ’19) is a student assistant in Special Collections and Archives and KCPR Programming Director. I never know where to start when I’ve compiled a lot of information. When looking at a stack of Things That Happened, it

Written by Jarod Urrutia five months ago

Help decide how you want the Kennedy Library to look!

As the Kennedy Library’s renovation plans continue to move forward, we still need the feedback from the Cal Poly community. BNIM and brightspot strategy have laid out three main design concepts, each with a different vision for the layout of

Written by Ella Worley five months ago

Celebrating Women’s History Month with the Women’s Zine Collection

A shining portion of feminist (recent) history is kept where you’d least expect it — in the back corner of the fourth floor of Kennedy Library, under lock and key, and separated into well kept, archival folders. Special Collections and

Written by Jarod Urrutia five months ago

The Kennedy Library encourages all faculty to apply for the Learn by Doing Scholar Award!

The application period for the Kennedy Library’s Learn by Doing Scholar Award is almost over! Apply by March 5 at 5 p.m. on our website! The Learn by Doing Scholar Award is an annual award given to faculty members by