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The hidden history within letters: the Sinsheimer Family Correspondence

Wendy Myren is a history graduate student (Spring ‘15) completing an internship in Special Collections and Archives. She is working on a project to organize the correspondence of a historic family of San Luis Obispo. This is the first in a series of blog posts in which she shares some of her experiences in the internship and some of the stories she uncovers.

 

My name is Wendy Myren and I am a history graduate student at Cal Poly.  This summer I am interning at Special Collections and Archives.  In this internship, my duties include: processing collections, preserving material, and enabling access of this material to other researchers.  Upon my arrival at Special Collections and Archives, I learned safe handling techniques and valuable tips on how to preserve these historical treasures.

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

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 and campus via her work with Kennedy Library for 42 years.

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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 in a bog of quickly-dated cliche. Read more

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 successful comprehensive polytechnic education.

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Kennedy Library collaborating with Graphic Communication on new Wadewitz Collection

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.

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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 grip, claiming big sister/ex-library employee privilege. Read more

Casebook, by Mona Simpson

It’s a coincidence that just after re-reading a childhood favorite of mine, Harriet the Spy, I should pick up an adult novel that also features kids spying on adults. Read more