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Written by Jan Kline a few weeks ago

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

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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 four months ago

Admission, by Jean Hanff Korelitz

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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 five months ago

Us, by David Nicholls

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

Written by Jan Kline seven months ago

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

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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 eight months ago

Amy Falls Down, by Jincy Willett

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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 Wendy Myren eight months ago

More from the Sinsheimer Family letters: from civil war to earthquake

The Shinsheimer Bros. storefront on Monterey Street in downtown San Luis Obispo, c. 1925 (Sinsheimer Family Correspondence, Special Collections and Archives, California Polytechnic State University, 036-8-e-123-05-02)

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 the Sinsheimer family of San Luis Obispo. This is the second in

Written by Karen Lauritsen nine months ago

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

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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 nine months ago

The Antagonist, by Lynn Coady

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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 nine months ago

Kaila Bussert named new Foundational Experiences Librarian

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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 ten months 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 ten months ago

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt

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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 eleven months 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 Soquel Filice a few days ago

Reflections on Cal Poly’s Home Economics Department: Part I

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This post is written by Soquel Filice (HIST ’15), a Student Assistant in Special Collections and Archives who is investigating the experiences of women at Cal Poly through the decades. Want to know more about the history of women at Cal

Written by Karen Lauritsen about a week ago

Cal Poly Faculty Honored with Learn by Doing Scholar Award

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The inaugural Learn by Doing Scholar Award recipients were named at the More than a Motto Conference on May 15, 2015. This new faculty award was established in the 2014-2015 academic year to acknowledge and inspire formal scholarship and research

Written by Jan Kline a few weeks ago

Big Brother, by Lionel Shriver

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Lionel Shriver’s fiction has a major streak of darkness running through it. Some of the subjects she’s covered in her past novels include teenage mass murderers, terminal illness, and European terrorism. But she usually manages to insert some (admittedly very

Written by Soquel Filice a few weeks ago

When Poly Was Royal: Queens on Campus

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This post is written by Soquel Filice (HIST ’15), a Student Assistant in Special Collections and Archives. Soquel curated When Poly Was Royal, an exhibit on the history of Open House at Cal Poly. In the process, she was inspired to write

Written by Rachel Scott a few weeks ago

Using GIS to look at San Luis Obispo’s history

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The Data Studio welcomed David Yun, Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences (NRES) lecturer and Geographic Information Services Supervisor for the City of San Luis Obispo, on Thursday, April 30. Yun talked about managing historical data about San Luis Obispo using

Written by Rachel Scott a few weeks ago

RFID technology and our future

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At the latest Open Science Cafe, Robert Garlinghouse (IE ’15) hosted and welcomed Mark Roberti, founder of RFID Journal, to speak about RFID technology and how it will change information technology and the way companies do business in the future. We got a chance

Written by Robert Garlinghouse a few weeks ago

My Open Science Café experience

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Launched in 2014, Kennedy Library’s Open Science Cafe is a new program that supports a student in planning an educational event on campus that features a speaker and topic of their choice. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity

Written by Karen Lauritsen a few weeks ago

Kennedy Library purchased nearly 30,000 eBooks this academic year

Kennedy Library purchased more than 28,000 eBooks from various publishers this year. This content covers a range of disciplines including psychology, history, media and cultural studies, religion and philosophy, theatre and performance, business, finance and economics. All content features perpetual

Written by Rachel Scott one month ago

Data Studio Presents Cyber CSI

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Getting to the bottom of data storage security issues can be very complicated. Assistant professor of computer engineering Zachary Peterson gave a talk, Cyber CSI: Working to Solve the Data Security Crisis on April 16 at the Data Studio about these

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