It’s here! Kennedy Library has launched our new and improved website for the Cal Poly community. The planning and implementation of the new website has been informed by our visitors at every step of the way. That’s why you’ll find a cleaner website that is totally responsive, has real-time features and is focused on the student experience.
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.
Zach Vowell joined Kennedy Library in July, 2013, as a Digital Archivist. This position is new for Kennedy Library. Read more
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:
I’ve just finished two very different books, but realized that they had a common thread after all: the places you end up by listening to your heart (or possibly your ego, libido, or a combination of all the above). The books are Davy Rothbart’s My Heart is an Idiot: Essays and Kathy Ebel’s Claudia Silver to the Rescue. Read more
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.
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.