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Cal Poly welcomes Open Education Library Fellow, Dana Ospina

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

Be the change you want to see in open education

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.

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Kennedy Library is an open education library

Kennedy Library recently introduced OATS (Open Access to Textbooks for Students). For more about how students can use OATS for their success, please see this Q and A.

The rising cost of textbooks is no secret; it affects every Cal Poly student who shells out $200+ a quarter on books they may not use after their 10-week course (I mean, I loved oceanography, but that book is just getting dusty on my shelf now).

Kennedy Library is working to change that, and decrease the cost of education through a series of new affordable learning solutions being implemented this fall. The library is also committed to inclusive access for the future, which is why they have made an open education librarian position dedicated to open and affordable education.

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Fired up about knowledge: Introducing Sarah Faye Cohen

The first thing one notices about Sarah Faye Cohen is her energy. The new associate university librarian for academic services seems to be everywhere: in her office, in meeting rooms, chatting with university librarian Anna Gold in the hallway. And no matter how busy she is, Cohen always seems to be wearing a big, bright smile. That same energy, along with a desire to avoid boredom at all costs, is part of what drew Cohen to working in libraries, she said.

“To me, the cornerstone of librarianship is curiosity,” Cohen said.

Like people and learning
In addition, potential librarians should like people and learning and hate being bored, Cohen said. As a librarian, Cohen loves constantly discovering new things, as well as working on projects that change and improve the role of libraries in this age of technology.

Cohen’s last job was at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. There she helped build the school’s information literacy program and was involved in as many different projects as possible. “It was a very collaborative place,” Cohen said. After seven years, though, Cohen’s curiosity and energy led her to think about changing jobs. When she saw the position available at Kennedy Library, she was immediately intrigued.

“I read the job and I thought, ‘That’s different,’” Cohen said.

Preparing students for the real world
The job description was not just about helping students use the library, but about preparing them for the real world, a mission of Cohen’s. Unsure, she showed the job description to a colleague and then to her husband, and their responses were identical. “(My husband) was like, ‘Sarah, they’re looking for you,’” Cohen said, “And apparently (that’s true) because here I am.”

Eager for fall quarter
The hardest part for Cohen now is that, as associate university librarian, she works more with other faculty and staff and less with students. Nonetheless, she is full of ideas about information literacy, and eager for school to start in the fall.

“I’m excited to meet faculty and students,” Cohen said.

Right now, Cohen is still trying to get to know everyone and get her bearings at a new library, but that helps keep boredom away, she said.

“It’s fun. It’s still very exciting,” she said. “I’m really happy to feel that much excitement about my work.”

Read more about Sarah Faye Cohen at Kennedy Library.

- Victoria Billings