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Written by Jan Kline yesterday

Purity, by Jonathan Franzen


Jonathan Franzen has a way of pissing some people off. Popular author Jennifer Weiner, for example, has been in a feud with him for years, and invented the term “Franzenfreude,” defined as “the frustration with literary critics’ apparent preference for

Written by Karen Lauritsen a few weeks ago

Cinematic and Statistical Resources for Teaching and Research: Kanopy and Statista

Kennedy Library has two new information resources to support your teaching and research. Media streaming with Kanopy The first is Kanopy, a media streaming service that offers 12,000 films and videos from more than 800 filmmakers. Their key partners include

Written by Karen Lauritsen a few weeks ago

Sheree Fu named Cal Poly engineering librarian

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Sheree Fu joined Cal Poly on September 1, 2015 as the engineering librarian at the Robert E. Kennedy Library. Sheree has worked across the disciplines to support interdisciplinary discovery and research as a data services specialist, a research and development librarian,

Written by Karen Lauritsen a few weeks ago

Adriana Popescu named associate dean for academic services at Cal Poly

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Adriana Popescu joined the Robert E. Kennedy Library on September 1, 2015, as associate dean for academic services. She will lead a team of ten faculty librarians and professional staff who together offer every Cal Poly student and faculty member digital

Written by Kaylee Scoggins Herring two months ago

Mr. Hearst and Miss Morgan

Intern Kaylee is digitizing correspondence in the Julia Morgan Papers

Kaylee Scoggins Herring is a recent college graduate and an intern in Special Collections and Archives. This summer she is working on a project to digitize and make accessible online the correspondence between architect Julia Morgan and newspaper publisher William Randolph

Written by Zach Vowell two months ago

A new era for Cal Poly’s archives

San Luis Obispo, panoramic view from Terrace Hill, 1907 [composite]

Since 2008, Kennedy Library has made our special collections and archives available online at digital.lib.calpoly.edu, using a digital asset management system called CONTENTdm. This system served the library well in our early attempts to provide basic access to our digitized

Written by Jan Kline two months ago

Your Face in Mine, by Jess Row


It’s hard to believe that this book came out almost a year before the Rachel Dolezal controversy. In what novelist Karen Russell calls “a postcard from the near future,” Jess Row has written a riveting novel about “racial reassignment surgery,”

Written by Jan Kline two months ago

The Harder They Come, by T.C. Boyle


T.C. Boyle is usually merciless towards his characters, giving a variety of viewpoints an equal opportunity skewering. This time out, I felt he betrayed a little twinge of empathy in his description of some admittedly extreme characters. He doesn’t idealize

Written by Rachel Scott four months ago

Cal Poly Authors: Collaborations in Architecture and Engineering

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Friday, May 29, architect Clare Olsen and engineer Sinead Mac Namara spoke about their book, Collaborations in Architecture and Engineering at Conversations with Cal Poly Authors. Olsen is assistant professor of architecture at Cal Poly and Mac Namara is associate professor at Syracuse University. Mac

Written by Soquel Filice five months ago

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


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