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Written by Jan Kline two years ago

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

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 two years ago

Admission, by Jean Hanff Korelitz

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 three years ago

Us, by David Nicholls

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

Written by Jan Kline three years ago

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

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 three years ago

Amy Falls Down, by Jincy Willett

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 three years ago

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

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 three years ago

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

Photo of Judy with award

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 three years ago

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

Written by Karen Lauritsen three years ago

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

Written by Karen Lauritsen three years 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 three years ago

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

Written by Karen Lauritsen three years 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 Megan Schellong a few days ago

Students learn valuable skills from college librarians

Kennedy Library offers a variety of resources for students to use, including the one-on-one guidance from expert librarians. Pictured above, Ryan Manning (B.S. Psychology, 2015) worked with Brett Bodemer, College of Liberal Arts Librarian, on several research projects while completing

Written by Jan Kline a few weeks ago

Mister Monkey, by Francine Prose

Francine Prose has written everything from a study of the impact of Anne Frank’s diary, to a guide to reading like a writer, to a wildly varied stack of novels. A former president of PEN, a finalist for the National

Written by Laura Sorvetti one month ago

From the University Archives: A Short History of Cal Poly’s Libraries

It’s National Library Week! This year’s theme is Libraries Transform, so we’re sharing a short history of how the Cal Poly library has transformed over the last 100 years.

Written by Laura Sorvetti one month ago

From Farmers’ Picnic to Open House – A look back at a Cal Poly tradition

University Archives is hosting a hands-on pop-up exhibit of vintage Cal Poly yearbooks from the University Archives. Drop by the library’s main entrance on Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and step into history. The story below was

Written by Megan Schellong two months ago

Sharing ideas with the Open Locker

Kennedy Library is a place for students to obtain new knowledge and share it through a variety of platforms. The Free Culture Club’s “Open Locker” is a great resource for students to gather new material and learn from others. The

Written by Megan Schellong two months ago

Cal Poly Authors: Elvira Pulitano

Kennedy Library offers space for discussions with Cal Poly authors. This week, Dr. Elvira Pulitano sat down with Spanish professor, Karen Muñoz-Christian to discuss her newest book, Transnational Narratives from the Caribbean: Diasporic Literature and the Human Experience (2016). Dr. Elvira Pulitano teaches Ethnic Studies at

Written by Megan Schellong three months ago

Supporting student learning through creative spaces

Supporting student success is at the core of the Kennedy Library’s mission. As a resource for studying, research and collaboration, the library is a popular place for students to come together independently or in a group, to push academic boundaries.

Written by Megan Schellong three months ago

Data and text visualization workshops encourage students to Learn by Doing

  Kennedy library is a place for students, faculty and staff to come together and learn new skills. Data and GIS Specialist, Russ White’s “Data and Text Visualization” workshop at the library provided an opportunity for active learning and data

Written by Megan Schellong three months ago

“Fighting Scientific Racism” with social awareness

As a part of Cal Poly’s #InclusionStartsWithMe week, professors across several disciplines, including psychology, anthropology and biology, held a teach in regarding race and diversity on Jan. 26, 2017. In Kennedy Library, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Sandi Clement engaged

Written by Brett Bodemer three months ago

Kennedy Library hosts UCLA librarians, sharing strategies for emerging literacies

On Feb. 1, 2017, Kennedy Library hosted three librarians from UCLA’s Powell Library, who spent the day learning more about how and why we’re changing the ways we teach information literacy. Colleagues from both libraries shared their experiences, goals and

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