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Team Kennedy Library scores the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award

Kennedy Library is the 2014 winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. Are we excited? We certainly are.

For those who may not know, ACRL grants this award to libraries that strive towards the university’s mission as a team. Kennedy Library’s application showcased the many players involved in the “open, inclusive, and connected” dynamic between staff, faculty, and students.

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2014 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award Winner

We’re excited and honored that the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) named Cal Poly’s Robert E. Kennedy Library as a recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award! We are the first university library in California to receive the honor since it was first given in 2000.

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Faculty invited to inform future library services via Ithaka survey

Kennedy Library is the first CSU to participate in the Ithaka S+R Local Faculty Survey. First launched in 2012, the Ithaka survey is a national standard for understanding faculty perceptions of the role and value of libraries in supporting research, teaching, scholarly communications and societies. All full-time Cal Poly faculty will be invited to participate.

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Affordable and ubiquitous access to a wide range of academic content: New eBook purchases

This post is written by Tim Strawn, Director, Information Resources.

Kennedy Library acquired 18,000 eBooks in the 2013 fall quarter that offer perpetual access. Cal Poly students and faculty now have access to approximately 127,000 total new eBook titles in combination with the ebrary Academic Complete subscription eBook program, funded by the CSU Chancellor’s Office.

Targeted, strategic purchases of perpetual content combined with centrally funded, ‘across the disciplines’ eBook content have allowed us to exponentially increase delivery of a very broad range of academic content to our users – where and when they need it.

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Reimagining Kennedy Library: Continuing the campus conversation

This post is by University Librarian Anna Gold.

For two days in November, the architectural firm Shepley Bulfinch met and spoke with faculty, students, staff, and members of the wider Cal Poly community to learn about how the Kennedy Library as a place can meet the core needs of the campus in a rapidly changing time. Read more

Cal Poly welcomes Open Education Library Fellow, Dana Ospina

Dana Ospina joined the Robert E. Kennedy Library this November as Cal Poly’s new Open Education Library Fellow.

Innovation in libraries

This two-year position will shape the direction and implementation of Kennedy Library’s pilot open educational resources program. This position is an innovative one for libraries, and one that aligns with Kennedy Library’s commitment to the open knowledge and open access movements. Read more

Mary Kennedy, former First Lady of Cal Poly

Mary Kennedy, a beloved presence on the Cal Poly campus for nearly four decades, passed away at the age of 97 on October 3, 2013. She played a significant role at Cal Poly; as President Emeritus Robert E. Kennedy liked to say, he “never made a decision without consulting Mary.”

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