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Natalie Rich, library student assistant, presents at the Independent Book Publishers Association Conference

This post is written by Natalie Rich, Kennedy Library’s digital communication & publishing student assistant for Digital Scholarship Services. She is helping shape the Earn by Doing, donor-funded position in its inaugural year. Her role is to coordinate interdisciplinary projects and develop scholarly resources that serve the campus. Natalie also supports Cal Poly’s academic publishing initiative.

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Open Science Cafe: “How to use data and design to tell stories” with Steve Duenes, graphics director at The New York Times

“When something is new to us, we treat it as an experience. We feel that our senses are awake and clear. We are alive.” —Jasper Johns

This quote reflects the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity I had leading Open Science Café on Friday, May 9th 2014: “How to use data and design to tell stories” with Steve Duenes, graphics director at The New York Times.

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Goats at the library: A firsthand account

The lawn outside of Kennedy Library was a strange sight yesterday, May 13: some goats and a huge mob of people were taking over the area. Yup. You read that right: goats were at Kennedy Library yesterday!

While it may sound like the library is turning into a petting zoo, the goats were brought in by the Stressbusters Team as a way to relieve stress during midterm season. And by the looks on everyone’s faces, I think the goats did their job!

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Binary Dance at the San Luis Obispo Mini Maker Faire

Cal Poly Science Cafe took a field trip this past Saturday, May 10, to the second annual San Luis Obispo Mini Maker Faire.

Cal Poly Science Cafe brought Pete Hawkes, an interaction designer and artist based in LA, to the faire to teach us about binary code through a dance and arduino-powered device. Makers of all ages participated in the Binary Dance to learn how computers store complex data with 1s and 0s.

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Thank you from Anna Gold, university librarian

This post is written by University Librarian Anna Gold.

On April 30 and May 1 and 2, we had a truly memorable celebration of the Kennedy Library’s ACRL award for excellence in university libraries.

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A spectacular view of the past: San Luis Obispo in 1907

This post is written by Alex Thomas (HIST ’16), Student Assistant in Special Collections and Archives.

The other day I got to time travel.

Refrigerator cars lined up on the tracks. A restaurant advertised to passengers: ALL TRAINS STOP 10 MINUTES. OWL CIGAR  – 5¢. The man at the ticket booth leaned up against the wall in the shade.

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Celebrating Kennedy Library’s ACRL Award

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) named Cal Poly’s Robert E. Kennedy Library as a recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. In other words, Kennedy Library was picked as the best university library out of all who applied. Click here to read the award-winning application.

Of course winning an award as huge as this one comes with a huge celebration to match! The library celebrated this prestigious award for a few days last week. Read more