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Archive for April, 2013

Announcing two of Cal Poly’s Outstanding Student Employees of the Year!

This year, two talented student assistants from Kennedy Library were recognized with honors at Cal Poly’s Outstanding Student Employee of the Year awards reception. Glen Beebe, a programmer in Library Information Technology, was named Cal Poly’s top student employee out of 49 nominees from across campus, and Jennifer Ray, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science (CAFES) librarian student assistant was named second runner up. Three cheers for Glen and Jennifer!

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We’re growing! More voices from Kennedy Library

We’ve got podcasts, videos and now, more voices! It’s been just over a year since we launched Kennedy Library Out Loud. Setting out, one of our primary purposes was to share podcasts and videos – unique content from library events and exhibits – that feature the faculty and students of Cal Poly, and we’re doing that. Just click on the podcasts category and our Vimeo and you’ll see.

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Kennedy Library wins John Cotton Dana Award!

The prestigious John Cotton Dana Award is given by the American Library Association (ALA) to recognize “outstanding achievement in the promotion of library services.” Kennedy Library is one of eight winners of a $10,000 grant and likely the first inspired by 1980s glam rock.

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Conversations with Cal Poly Authors puts morality on trial

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“I believe that my book, Judicial Review in an Age of Moral Pluralism, is the most important book in the history of the world,” said Ronald Den Otter, Cal Poly associate professor of political science, to kick off the Cal Poly Authors discussion last Friday.

He was joking, of course, but as the conversation turned from the book’s origins to the subject matter, it became clear that Judicial Review in an Age of Moral Pluralism tackles crucial questions about the role of the justice system in a diverse society that has differing opinions about right and wrong. Joined by Jude Egan, also an associate professor in political science at Cal Poly, the two discussed the appropriateness and history of judicial review in the United States.

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Cal Poly students create app for fish bowls

Some of the best ideas are born under pressure.

That’s certainly true with Cal Poly 24-hour Hackathon participants Jack Maize, Ali Albiani and Kevin DeBoer, who won an award for best library app. Jack, Ali and Kevin are the minds behind the app concept Fish Bowl, which allows users to reserve Kennedy Library’s fish bowls, the collaborative study rooms on the second floor.

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Reinventing the library website: Student sketches

Back in January, we placed stacks of paper around the library. Printed on these stacks was a blank webpage frame. We made one simple request: Please sketch your idea for an improved Kennedy Library website. Read more

Meet the LibRATs!

Before starting work on a video (watch it below) starring the smart and talented Kennedy Library LibRATs, the only thing I knew about the students was based on the rat logo I’d seen in the library. Like most Cal Poly students, I had no idea that the LibRATs were in fact a revolutionary and controversial program in Library Land.

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