Talented students are leaving their mark at Kennedy Library with the “This is Poly” photo competition, hosted by SLAC, the Student Library Advisory Council.
The competition was proposed to generate new photography for Kennedy Library’s walls, as well as showcase students’ view of the SLO life, said associate university librarian Sarah Faye Cohen. Students submitted to three categories, “From Cerro to Sea,” “SLO Life,” and “How Do You Do?” which covered the local landscape, day-to-day activities, and Cal Poly’s Learn-by-Doing philosophy.
Winners were unveiled Friday, May 10 at a reception in the downstairs gallery. I couldn’t be more excited to see the breathtaking pictures go up around the library this summer!
The photos from our reception are up on Flickr.
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Cal Poly’s Data Studio celebrated one year since its grand opening at its second annual Data Studio Open House on Friday, May 3. The Data Studio, which helps students pursue data-based research projects, hosted data expert Dr. Melissa Cragin and exhibited projects by undergraduate and graduate students.
This year, two talented student assistants from Kennedy Library were recognized with honors at Cal Poly’s Outstanding Student Employee of the Year awards reception. Glen Beebe, a programmer in Library Information Technology, was named Cal Poly’s top student employee out of 49 nominees from across campus, and Jennifer Ray, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science (CAFES) librarian student assistant was named second runner up. Three cheers for Glen and Jennifer!
The prestigious John Cotton Dana Award is given by the American Library Association (ALA) to recognize “outstanding achievement in the promotion of library services.” Kennedy Library is one of eight winners of a $10,000 grant and likely the first inspired by 1980s glam rock.
Some of the best ideas are born under pressure.
That’s certainly true with Cal Poly 24-hour Hackathon participants Jack Maize, Ali Albiani and Kevin DeBoer, who won an award for best library app. Jack, Ali and Kevin are the minds behind the app concept Fish Bowl, which allows users to reserve Kennedy Library’s fish bowls, the collaborative study rooms on the second floor.
Cal Poly Science Café at Kennedy Library offers interactive experiences with an expert – taste coffee, build an imaginary city with found objects, offer ideas on how to collect E.coli samples – and now, be a part of a crowd-sourced game at SLO Mini Maker Faire!
UPDATE: It happened! You can read (and watch all about it on Out Loud). Read more