Kaila Bussert joined Cal Poly on July 7 as the new Foundational Experiences Librarian.
Kaila will work across the campus to develop instructional and recreational programming to support the development of competencies and literacies that are the underpinning of a successful comprehensive polytechnic education.
Kaila will also lead instructional outreach and services for general education in the physical and virtual learning environments. In addition, she is responsible for the LibRATs, student learning technicians who provide peer-to-peer instruction and help.
Accomplished career in teaching and research
Kaila received her MS in Library and Information Science (2003) and a Master’s in Near Eastern Studies (2000) from the University of Arizona. Most recently, she was the Visual Resources Outreach Librarian for the Olin & Uris Library at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where she was part of the leadership team that is developing a campus-wide information literacy program across Cornell’s 20+ libraries.
Before joining Cornell, Kaila spent four years as a reference and digital access librarian at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.
Kaila’s research focuses on integrating visual literacy into information literacy instruction; she is an author of the ACRL Visual Literacy Competency Standards.
Her extensive experience in the classroom, in developing accessible, digital learning objects, and in collaborating across departments and colleges means she will be a key addition to Academic Services and the students and faculty we serve.
You can reach Kaila at ude.yloplacnull@tressubk or (805) 756-5937.