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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 successful comprehensive polytechnic education.

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Envisioning a library of the future with students in ARCH 353

This post is written by Jesse Vestermark, Architecture and Environmental Design Librarian. Featured image: A future library envisioned by Claire Joseph.

In December 2013, I received and unusual request from Professor Richard Beller, an Architecture faculty member I have worked with in the past.  He didn’t (necessarily) need me to help his students find resources on the design of libraries.  Instead, he wanted me and a handful of my library colleagues to help advise his twenty or so third-year students in ARCH 353 Architectural Design 3.3 (Lab) through the process of designing a public library for Oakland, California for the year 2030. Read more

Exploring Social Explorer, a workshop

Have you ever wondered if you can view U.S. census data? What about data from past years? If you can view it in a user-friendly, easily accessible way? Well look no further than Social Explorer. This database is an easy to use tool that helps you visualize census data by placing it on top of a map.

On February 20, Russ White, GIS coordinator here at Kennedy Library, led a workshop for Social Explorer where we learned how to use this unique tool.

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What do your metrics tell you about impact?

This post was written by David Beales, engineering librarian, and Marisa Ramirez, digital scholarship services librarian.

With increasing emphasis placed on scholars and research centers to capture the return and value of their work, research impact has become a topic of great interest in academia. This interest has increased in intensity as grant recipients are expected to report on the impact of a project’s published output and as scholars are charged with demonstrating impact of their scholarship in promotion and tenure portfolios. The established measures of impact are based on journal and author citation metrics. Now, there is also an emerging field of altmetrics which attempts to harvest real-world data to demonstrate real-world impact.

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A map for the future with Yoh Kawano, UCLA GIS Coordinator

Who knew that Twitter has more uses than just keeping up with your favorite celebrities and updating your followers? At the latest Cal Poly Science Cafe on February 14, offered in partnership with the Data Studio, Yoh Kawano discussed how Twitter can provide information to the public during a natural disaster, and how that information can be used by individuals to make their own decisions instead of relying on other people to decide for them. Read more

Reflection: Documenting the process

This was a really fun project to capture on video.

I first met Clare in the Summer of 2012 to begin capturing her thoughts and processes as she started the “Reflection” art installation project for Kennedy Library. Her enthusiasm and passion were apparent from the moment we sat down and she began to talk about her ideas. Read more

Filed Again: Concluding findings in the McPhee Collection

Ben Simon is a student assistant in Special Collections & University Archives. He is working on a project to organize the papers of Cal Poly President Julian McPhee (1933-1966). This is the third in a series of posts in which he shares his experiences processing McPhee’s papers and learning more about the university’s history.

Raising hope

Ed Sullivan to Bob Neal, November 14, 1960, Robert E. Kennedy Papers, University Archives, California Polytechnic State University.

A typescript copy of entertainer Ed Sullivan’s letter to Bob Neal of Cal Poly’s Alumni Association, offering support of a fundraiser to support the survivors of the plane crash, November 14, 1960.

To this day, the 1960 Cal Poly football team plane crash remains one of the most tragic events in Cal Poly history, and the scope of its impact extended far beyond San Luis Obispo.

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