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Posts from the ‘Earn by Doing’ Category

Seeing (and thinking) orange: A LibRAT living in an open access world

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.

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Be a part of it! Launching new science and math student journal

This post is written by Lauren Young, fourth year biology student, LibRAT and chair of SLAC. Lauren will be (meta)blogging about how she is working this year to combine her love of science and writing, in her preparations for a career in science communication. These preparations intersect with her deep involvement with and many valuable contributions to Kennedy Library.

Since June, I have been collaborating with Digital Scholarship Services Librarian Marisa Ramirez and professors of the College of Science of Mathematics (COSAM) on an exciting new project called Symposium: Student Journal of Science and Mathematics.

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Getting started with Rachel Scott

My name is Rachel Scott. If you Google my name, you will find out, shockingly, that I am not the only Rachel Scott in the world — side note: I also discovered that fact when I was invited to a Facebook group called “The Rachel Scotts of Facebook,” a huge and kind of creepy coalition of thousands of Rachel Scotts. You will find lots of other Rachel Scotts out there who have done many exciting things, like Rachel Scott musicians, Rachel Scott authors and Rachel Scott tumblrs.

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The coeducation file: More surprises in the McPhee Collection

Ben Simon is a student assistant in Special Collections & Archives. This summer 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.

For decades, a rumor persisted among Cal Poly students and faculty that the university was established as a men’s-only college. I will finally debunk that myth: Cal Poly was established in 1901 as a coeducational vocational school. It was not until 1930 that the college banned women from admission, a ban which lasted nearly 27 years.

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Love at first study with Lauren Young

This is the first post in a series by Lauren Young, fourth year biology student, LibRAT and chair of SLAC (more on those acronyms below!). Lauren will be (meta)blogging about how she is working this year to combine her love of science and writing, in her preparations for a career in science communication. These preparations intersect with her deep involvement with and many valuable contributions to Kennedy Library.

Love at First Study

It’s a running joke with my friends that Kennedy Library is my second home. Since freshman year, one of my favorite things to do is discover new nooks and crannies for studying in the five-story building.

What can I say? It was love at first study.

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28 boxes later: Surprises in the McPhee Collection

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

First page of the Student Roads Committee's report, submitted to President McPhee, March 1942. Many street names the students recommended are still used throughout campus today. Julian A. McPhee Papers, University Archives, Cal Poly.

First page of the Student Roads Committee’s report, submitted to President McPhee, March 1942. Many street names the students recommended are still used throughout campus today. Julian A. McPhee Papers, University Archives, Cal Poly.

When the Streets Had No Names

One of Julian McPhee’s most overlooked contributions is the naming of streets on Cal Poly’s campus. Pepper and Mt. Bishop Streets and California Boulevard were all named as the result of a collaboration between McPhee and the Student Roads Committee together with Alfred L. Ferrini, a prolific Central Coast land developer during the mid-20th century. As with McPhee, several local landmarks bear Ferrini’s name, including Ferrini Square, Ferrini Apartments, Ferrini Enterprises, and Ferrini Road, all of which can be found around Foothill Boulevard.

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Adventures in the Archives: My first week

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

Having lived the entire 22 years of my life within the city of San Luis Obispo, I have always been simultaneously intrigued by the rich history contained within the Central Coast and dismayed by the public’s lack of awareness of SLO’s relevance.

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