Sarah Faye Cohen, Kennedy Library’s associate university librarian, attended the Open Education Conference in Park City, Utah on November 6-8, 2013, where she spoke about libraries’ role in open education in her presentation, Be the Change You Want to See: One Year into Open Ed.
“If we don’t change students’ expectations, then we’re not going to see the changes that we are asking for,” Sarah said in her presentation.
Since working as a LibRAT, I have learned many library tricks to save some extra cash on my course textbooks. Now, I get to pass on some of my tips to you!
Tip #1: Link+ “links” us to more libraries
Kennedy Library is able to expand the amount of books and other physical resources students can check out with Link+. Link+ literally “links” Kennedy Library to other university and public libraries throughout California and Nevada.
You can use Link+ for more than just checking out books for research. With a simple swipe of my PolyCard, I have checked out several readings for my GE classes that I only needed for a week through Link+.
One clever LibRAT was even able obtain her textbooks for the majority of her classes on Link+ for free!
When we think of veterans, college students may not come to mind. We may think of older men and women who served in the military before we were born. However, veterans are many different ages and from all backgrounds.
Meet José Lemus: mechanical engineer senior and president of Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). He comes from Watsonville, CA and went to Cabrillo College before transferring to Cal Poly. José is also a veteran, and he served his country for four years. Read more
I’m very excited to announce a new initiative, Open Science Cafe, which awards a student event proposal with a $3,000 budget and $500 stipend. Open Science Cafe is designed to inspire and empower students to make their own Cal Poly Science Café event with the researcher, thought leader or creative mover and shaker of their choice. This is Learn by Doing. Read more
This is a guest post by Anna Gold, the university librarian at Cal Poly.
Open Week 2013 is the perfect time to share what I learned about the global movement to open up knowledge! The global Open Knowledge Conference (OKCon 2013) held in September in Geneva, Switzerland, brought together 1,000 activists, hackers, cultural stewards, data geeks, and social advocates in a beautifully organized, three-day (espresso-infused) event.
As you stay awake till the library’s closing hours, cramming for your midterms and finishing your essays this week, you may have seen bright orange banners and logos. Don’t worry. Your over-caffeinated mind isn’t playing tricks on you.
All the orange in Kennedy Library this week shows our belief in open.
Much of what the Open Access Week movement supports align with the library’s belief in affordable learning for students. During Open Access Week, Kennedy Library’s special guests, staff, and students (like me!) want to discuss this open idea with the Cal Poly community.
Ever notice those huge, life-size photos posted on the windows of the University Store showing student life at Cal Poly in the olden days? The 100″ by 100″ photos are definitely hard to miss. The unique, blown-up images are part of a collaborative partnership between Kennedy Library and the Cal Poly Corporation. Read more