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.
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.
The gigantic number of students in Kennedy Library can only mean one thing: it’s finals week! Every seat is full and the lines at Julian’s have never been longer.
With end-of-year finals here, that means Cal Poly students are currently facing their most stressful week ever (and just when you thought dead week was the worst).
But we’re here too help! Don’t let finals stress you out. I’ve compiled my top 5 tips for beating the stress and acing your exams.
June 2013 is officially here, and that means the day I’ve been
dreading expecting avoiding eagerly anticipating is finally here: graduation.
Obviously, I’ve got some mixed feelings. This is a huge step into the next stage of any young adult’s life. It’s like going from adult life with the training wheels still on to full-fledged grown-up individual. My heart is doing little backflips right now just thinking about commencement, and I’ve still got two weeks to freak out about it.
So, on the threshold of the next stage, my boss asked me to write about the graduating experience. All I could think was, “AAAAAAAaaaaaahhh!”
University Housing recognized Katherine O’Clair, the librarian for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science (CAFES), as an outstanding faculty member for her work with the Living Learning Program.
The second floor of Kennedy Library has been transformed into a miniature Farmers’ Market for Special Collections’ Spring Exhibit, “Links to the Land.”
The exhibit brings together records from over 12 collections to create one story about how San Luis Obispo’s community was shaped by its ranching and farming families. “Links to the Land” was originally inspired by Special Collections’ San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market Oral History Project, said Peter Runge, head librarian for Special Collections and University Archives.