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Written by Jan Kline three 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 four 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 six 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 seven 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 Laura Sorvetti seven 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 eight 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 eight 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 eight 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 nine 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 nine 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 ten 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 Rachel Scott a few days ago

Brainstorming appropriate technologies for Cal Poly at Open Science Cafe

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When asked the question, “What can be improved for Cal Poly students?” student suggestions range from campus dining to parking to the classroom. Often solutions to these problems seem nearly impossible. However, Lonny Grafman, founder of Appropedia, uses a resourceful approach. At Open Science Cafe on

Written by Rachel Scott a few days ago

What does it mean to live a life well lived?

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What does it mean to live a life well lived? Does it mean finding happiness? Or success? Or your passion? Or appreciating the people in your life? To answer this question, Cal Poly Art & Design professor Sky Bergman started her photography

Written by Karen Lauritsen a few weeks ago

Cal Poly now member of Center for Research Libraries

As of April 2015, Kennedy Library will be a member of The Center for Research Libraries. Founded in 1949, CRL is an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries that supports research and teaching in the humanities, sciences, and

Written by Jan Kline a few weeks ago

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, by Joshua Ferris

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Offhand, the practice of preventative dentistry doesn’t seem like a portal into discussions of religion and death. And discussions of religion and death don’t seem like apt gateways to comedy, either. Leave it to Joshua Ferris (author of Then We

Written by Rachel Scott a few weeks ago

More about our Pitch Perfect Round 1 winners

Winners of Pitch Perfect Competition

The first round of the Pitch Perfect Competition has wrapped up. The judges selected the winning videos, Dean Scott Dawson from Orfalea College of Business handed out giant checks, and real awards checks were processed for students. To wrap this round

Written by Rachel Scott a few weeks ago

Library student assistants win Hackathon with team

Winning team at the Cal Poly Hackathon 2015

While you may know Cory Mayer and Johnson Zhou as two student assistants working in Library Information Technology (LIT) all the way up on the fifth floor, you may not know that they were a part of the winning team

Written by Karen Lauritsen one month ago

Announcing: Pitch Perfect video winners

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Kennedy Library and Orfalea College of Business are hosting the 7th annual Pitch Perfect Competition in partnership with the Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Through the generosity of Orfalea College of Business, this year’s Pitch Perfect Competition offers

Written by Katie Sheetz one month ago

Sister’s Inn: Re-discovering a San Luis Obispo business

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In the fall of 2014, Special Collections and Archives acquired a box full of photos, newspaper clippings, and magazines. As a Special Collections Student Assistant, it is my job to reach back through the years and find the story that

Written by Rachel Scott one month ago

Meet Nasim Delavari: Host of Open Science Cafe

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Nasim Delavari (MCRO ’15) is one of this year’s winners of the Open Science Cafe competition. On Friday April 10, she will host Appropriate Technologies, Near and Far, which she is very passionate about. Read on to find out more!

Written by Rachel Scott two months ago

Meet Robert Garlinghouse: Host of Open Science Cafe

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Robert Garlinghouse, one of this year’s Open Science Cafe winners, is an industrial  engineering senior with a passion for Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). In order to get to know him better, and for a preview of what the event, Living

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