So we all know that Kennedy Library is an awesome place to study, hang out between classes, get coffee and more. But did you know that your library has so much more to offer? Our library is such an amazing place, and it is filled with all kinds of resources to make your time here at Cal Poly easier and more fun. Read more
This fall, Kennedy Library launched a new initiative called OATS. This Q and A is here to tell you all about it!
What does OATS stand for?
OATS stands for Open Access to Textbooks for Students. We’re excited about the name because we’re the Mustangs and Mustangs eat oats.
That’s great, but what does OATS actually mean?
Good question. It means that Kennedy Library has added over 150 new textbooks, workbooks and study guides to Room 111, near the Research Help Desk. We decided to provide these books based on the high demand we have for our course reserves.
Step into the way-back machine, all the way to the year 2010. It was my first year at Cal Poly and the first time Kennedy Library celebrated Banned Books Week. Because our celebration was new, when someone had a question about the display they were encouraged to come talk to me. Every night at 10pm when I walked in the door, several students at the front desk were ready to yell at me, outraged that we were banning books!
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.
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.
We’ve got artists’ books! They’re cared for with love in Special Collections, where they get the white glove treatment. Lately, they’ve also been getting their time in the limelight, as the stars of a summer series on Vine.
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.