Out Loud

Written by Karen Lauritsen six months ago

New York Times Graphic Director to talk on using data to tell stories May 9

Steve Duenes at Cal Poly

Steve Duenes, the graphics director for The New York Times, will present “How to Use Data and Design to Tell Stories” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 9, in the Cal Poly Kennedy Library’s second floor café area.

Written by Karen Lauritsen six months ago

Project learning with liberal arts and engineering students

2013 San Luis Obispo Mini Maker Faire

Yesterday I went to a meeting of the Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies (LAES) 301/302 Project Learning class, taught by Grace Yeh and Michael Haungs, and held in a computer lab here at Kennedy Library. Students gave their proposal presentations

Written by Laura Sorvetti six months ago

From Farmers’ Picnic to Open House – A look back at a Cal Poly tradition

Billboard on Monterey Street welcomes campus visitors to Poly Royal, 1963 (University Archives Photograph Collection, University Archives)

The history of Open House, one of Cal Poly’s largest annual events, spans as far back as 1904. We’ve digitally gathered some of the records that tell its history from University Archives to share with you.       Farmers’ Institute

Written by Jan Kline six months ago

The Dinner, by Herman Koch


After reading this book, I’ll never be hazy on the concept of the unreliable narrator again. I’ve never noticed how readily I believe a first person narrative… and how far off from reality it can turn out to be. This

Written by Lauren Young six months ago

Call for Papers! Publishing new student journal of science and math

Call for papers

Back in the fall, I wrote a post about a new student-run and student-written academic journal I was about to start, called Symposium: Student Journal of Science and Math. At that time, we had the initial design by our Branding

Written by Karen Lauritsen six months ago

Celebrate! 2014 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award

Cal Poly Performing Arts Center

We invite you to an award ceremony and reception from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Friday, May 2, to celebrate Cal Poly’s 2014 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. Cal Poly was named a recipient by the Association of College and Research

Written by Derrick Usher six months ago

Discoveries in the Jack Family Papers: Some things change and some things don’t

A telegram from R.E. Jack, Jr. to his mother Nellie Jack, 1899 (Jack Family Papers, Special Collections, California Polytechnic State University, 014_spc_000026)

Derrick Usher is a communication studies major (Fall ’14) completing an internship in Special Collections and Archives. He is working on a project to organize the papers of the Jack Family of San Luis Obispo. This is the third in

Written by Tyler Deitz six months ago

Envisioning a library of the future with students in ARCH 353

A future library envisioned by Claire Joseph.

This post is written by Jesse Vestermark, Architecture and Environmental Design Librarian. Featured image: A future library envisioned by Claire Joseph. In December 2013, I received and unusual request from Professor Richard Beller, an Architecture faculty member I have worked

Written by Jan Kline six months ago

Post-Soviet Nebbish


When I learned that the title of novelist Gary Shteyngart’s new memoir was Little Failure, I thought he was doing his usual self-deprecating shtick. When I read that, translated into RussGlish — Failurchka — it was his mother’s pet name

Written by Karen Lauritsen seven months ago

Campus invited to open forum April 10 at Kennedy Library for architects’ closing presentation

Kennedy Library at Cal Poly

This post is written by University Librarian Anna Gold. A team from the distinguished architectural firm Shepley Bulfinch returns to Cal Poly on April 10 for their third and final visit to explore ideas for reimagining Kennedy Library for the