Dana Ospina joined the Robert E. Kennedy Library this November as Cal Poly’s new Open Education Library Fellow.
Innovation in libraries
This two-year position will shape the direction and implementation of Kennedy Library’s pilot open educational resources program. This position is an innovative one for libraries, and one that aligns with Kennedy Library’s commitment to the open knowledge and open access movements. Read more
Sarah Faye Cohen, Kennedy Library’s associate university librarian, attended the Open Education Conference in Park City, Utah on November 6-8, 2013, where she spoke about libraries’ role in open education in her presentation, Be the Change You Want to See: One Year into Open Ed.
“If we don’t change students’ expectations, then we’re not going to see the changes that we are asking for,” Sarah said in her presentation.
Urban Prototyping: From Pilots to Products. Sounds impressive, but what on earth does it mean? Josette Melchor, the Founder and Executive Director of GAFFTA and George Zisiadis, an artist who recently installed the interactive “Pulse of the City” in Boston, explained all that and more at Kennedy Library’s most recent Cal Poly Science Cafe on Thursday, October 24.
Since working as a LibRAT, I have learned many library tricks to save some extra cash on my course textbooks. Now, I get to pass on some of my tips to you!
Tip #1: Link+ “links” us to more libraries
Kennedy Library is able to expand the amount of books and other physical resources students can check out with Link+. Link+ literally “links” Kennedy Library to other university and public libraries throughout California and Nevada.
You can use Link+ for more than just checking out books for research. With a simple swipe of my PolyCard, I have checked out several readings for my GE classes that I only needed for a week through Link+.
One clever LibRAT was even able obtain her textbooks for the majority of her classes on Link+ for free!
I’m very excited to announce a new initiative, Open Science Cafe, which awards a student event proposal with a $3,000 budget and $500 stipend. Open Science Cafe is designed to inspire and empower students to make their own Cal Poly Science Café event with the researcher, thought leader or creative mover and shaker of their choice. This is Learn by Doing. Read more
This is a guest post by Anna Gold, the university librarian at Cal Poly.
Open Week 2013 is the perfect time to share what I learned about the global movement to open up knowledge! The global Open Knowledge Conference (OKCon 2013) held in September in Geneva, Switzerland, brought together 1,000 activists, hackers, cultural stewards, data geeks, and social advocates in a beautifully organized, three-day (espresso-infused) event.