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.
Today is the last day of work for Victoria Billings, our intrepid communications and public programs student assistant. Of course, this is the right thing considering she is now a Cal Poly journalism graduate. The world awaits! A world, I hope, in which she can use her fluent French and fluent writing skills. But, even though this day had to come, it is still bittersweet.
We’ll miss you, Vicki! Your sense of humor, creative ideas and muscle-y brain power were truly appreciated. Please keep us informed of your latest and greatest conquers in the field. We will be rooting for you all the way.
Pièce de résistance
Vicki has been working on a retrospective of sorts, a year in review of her work and internship. There was a lot to cover! After all, this was truly a Journey Into Libraryland.
So, I’m delighted to introduce Victoria Billing’s final video project for Kennedy Library, A Year and So Much More. A story, it turns out, that can best be told in clay.
It was a blast working with you, Vicki! Seriously.
Please leave your good wishes for Vicki in the comments.
This is a guest post by Kristen Thorp, who, among many things, manages the library’s Good Reads collection. She earned her MLIS this past June. Hooray!
Normally I have a book with me wherever I go. (Why have down time when you can have reading time?)
However, recently I was stranded in a waiting room without of book of my own:
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.
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.
Kennedy Library recently introduced OATS (Open Access to Textbooks for Students). For more about how students can use OATS for their success, please see this Q and A.
The rising cost of textbooks is no secret; it affects every Cal Poly student who shells out $200+ a quarter on books they may not use after their 10-week course (I mean, I loved oceanography, but that book is just getting dusty on my shelf now).
Kennedy Library is working to change that, and decrease the cost of education through a series of new affordable learning solutions being implemented this fall. The library is also committed to inclusive access for the future, which is why they have made an open education librarian position dedicated to open and affordable education.
The longer I work at Kennedy Library, the more I realize that it’s not just a big cement box filled with books and computers and couches. The library is a project, a work-in-progress, constantly growing and expanding and changing as students’ needs change.
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.