Greetings from the Dean

We live in challenging times, but Cal Poly's Robert E. Kennedy Library is responding by innovating, conserving, and strengthening its role in supporting our students in their pursuit of scholarship.

This year we took special pride in launching a new speaker's series on popular science we call "Science Café." Our goal was to create an informal learning opportunity that appeals to students regardless of discipline. Using invited guests, faculty and students as our speakers, the series was a great success.

Since its introduction two years ago, our 24-Hour Study Room has been incredibly popular with over 1,000 students a week who use it after the main library closes at 2 a.m. This fall we doubled the size of the 24-Hour Study Space by adding a Quiet Study Room and a 50-seat computer lab offering both PC and Apple computers. We also relocated our journal collection to a new space with natural lighting and better seating. Even the Reference Room is sporting a new, improved look.

Our librarians invested considerable time and their creative talents in developing online library research tutorials that are now available 24/7 to aid students in their research. They even introduced an "instant messaging" system to respond to the questions of students who use mobile technology.

From Kennedy Library's 2009-2010 Annual Publication (11MB PDF).

We have had to cut back in some areas. Our highly successful exhibits program will be less active this year and the growth of our book and journal collection continues to suffer.

These are indeed challenging times. If you can consider contributing toward the Library's fundraising efforts, it will make a real difference in helping students succeed at Cal Poly.

Thanks and have a great year!

Michael D. Miller
Dean of Library Services