Written by on August 7, 2014

Kaila Bussert named new Foundational Experiences Librarian

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.

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2 comments on “Kaila Bussert named new Foundational Experiences Librarian
  1. Bruce Badrigian says:

    Hi Kaila,
    I am a CP faculty member working part-time supervising teaching candidates in the area of Language Arts. I am also working on an historical fiction novel revolving around stories told to me by my Armenian grandmother and other Armenians who can share stories or accounts of the Armenian Genocide occurring from late 19th century and early 20th century.
    Next year is the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, and I would like to finish my novel next month.
    Can you help me find any relevant information that may be available for me to use? I am not sure if this is possible, but I thought I would ask.
    Bruce Badrigian

  2. Karen Lauritsen says:

    Hi Bruce,

    In addition to the response our College of Liberal Arts Librarian, Brett Bodemer, offered to you via email, here are some additional resources:


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