Photo of the a balcony, sky and yellow umbrellas at Robert E. Kennedy Library, Bldg. 35

Written by on November 13, 2013

Reimagining Kennedy Library now, to build a bridge to the future

On November 21 and 22, a project team from the architectural firm Shepley Bulfinch will be visiting the Robert E. Kennedy Library. Their visit kicks off a project to reimagine Kennedy Library for the next 5-10 years. Consider these 5-10 years to be a bridge between the library we know now, and the library of the future, also known as the academic commons.

The time is now

The Cal Poly academic commons, proposed in 2008, is still expected to move forward in the next five to ten years, depending on the availability of funds (the academic commons at Cal Poly is now ranked #29 in the latest list of CSU capital improvement program priorities).

With up to ten years before additional library space opens, each of us is here to support whole student success, now, and our building must do the same! We’re committed to making the most of what we have in study, collaborative and learning space for our growing campus community.

We are responsive

Kennedy Library is responsive to student, partner and campus community feedback. We hear our stakeholders when they tell us they need more flexible space, for example. (More from our users in the 2013 SLAC survey.)

It’s with this commitment to users that we embark on this new process with Shepley Bulfinch, who on November 21 and 22, will be focused on listening to what our campus needs now.

During the visit

During their two-day visit, the architects will be meeting with the steering committee: University Librarian Anna Gold, Vice Provost for Information Services and CIO Mike Miller, Director of Facilities Planning & Capital Projects Joel Neel and Dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Christine Theodoropoulos.

In addition, the architects will meet with a building program committee that includes the library’s leadership team and staff, faculty, students, partners and campus administrators, including Vice President for Student Affairs, Keith Humphrey, and the Directors of Information Technology Services, Johanna Madjedi and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, Patrick O’Sullivan. Together these stakeholders will share their experiences, feedback and priorities in visioning sessions.

During return visits, there will be additional opportunities for more of the campus community to share their experiences and needs. We’ll be sure to keep you posted when we know the schedule.

Open communication during the process

This reimagining project is currently outlined in three phases: 1) Visioning Sessions, 2) Program and Plan Refinement and 3) Recommendations. It’s possible that we will begin implementing recommendations in summer 2014. We will keep you updated.

Questions about this process? Leave your comments or contact: Cheryl May, Library Administrative Services, 805.756.2345 or csmay at calpoly dot edu.

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