Written by on January 23, 2013

Journey into library land: Get it into gear

Victoria Billings is the communications and public programs intern at Kennedy Library. ‘Journey into library land’ is a series about what she’s learned creating media for Cal Poly’s university library.

New quarters are always a funny time at the library. Students come back from break and suddenly, every chair and couch is taken, the stairs become more difficult to navigate and there’s a line in front of Julian’s.

For the communications and public programs department (that’s me and my boss, Karen) it’s when we kick event preparation into high gear.

Over break, I updated community calendars and did research on the public programs and research assessment methods of other libraries. But with three events in the next month and a half (our Cal Poly Authors series and two Science Cafes) I’ve spent the last two weeks putting up posters, arranging interviews and helping get the word out about all the cool stuff we have planned for winter quarter.

Last Wednesday, I met with Karen and several other library staff to review the schedule for Cal Poly music professor Craig Russell’s conversation with Dan Krieger on Russell’s book, “From Serra to Sancho: Music and Pageantry in the California Missions” which is this Friday at 10 a.m. in room 111H and you should all come. It’s part of the Conversations with Cal Poly Authors series that we do every quarter.

Then, we went over plans for the “Pyroprints! Fingerprinting Bacteria” Science Café in February, pictured above. Professor Chris Kitts and biology junior Maria Zuleta Alvarado will be sharing their experiences with tracking E. coli, and that means I’ll be putting together a video of the event.

Karen isn’t happy to only organize a bunch of unique events, though. For the last two weeks, when I wasn’t helping with event prep, I was also setting up interviews for an upcoming video featuring some very talented students, informally polling friends about how they get information in the library and obviously, working on this very blog series.

The best part of all this? We’re only warming up. Just wait until the events start. Then things will really get exciting.

More on Conversations with Cal Poly Authors.

More information on the upcoming Science Café is on the library’s site. More about Kitts’ projects is on Cal Poly News.

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