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.
This post is written by Andrew Bui, Student Library Advisory Council.
Nerd alert: I really like the library. Not only during times of sheer crisis, such as the requisite, “Holy crap I have a midterm tomorrow” moment, but also during those two hour breaks on a Tuesday, when I can’t think of anything better to do but escape into the atrium and accomplish errands (read: browse BuzzFeed) while aimlessly watching life happen four floors above me.
This post is written by Vanessa Pham. Vanessa is a gallery student assistant and a third year Communication Studies student.
As the gallery student assistant at Kennedy Library, I have an awesome opportunity to help students and faculty install their community exhibits on the 1st and 2nd floors. Most recently, I helped install a safari of cardboard heads and a paperboard terrain of letters. Read more
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