Happy Friday!

Today is the last official day at Kennedy of two valued friends and colleagues, Linda Hauck and Mary Ellen Baker. I hope you have had a chance to congratulate them as they take this exciting new step in their lives.

Cheryl, Tim, Sarah and I have been working this week to fill our most critical staffing needs.  First up is an emergency hire for an LSS II to fill behind Linda Hauck in interlibrary services, with a permanent recruitment for that position to come later this spring; also up is a search for an LSS II in acquisitions and collections management.  Until we’ve posted and filled an LSS IV supervisor position to replace Mary Ellen, Tim will fill that role.  Meanwhile, I’m working with TIm and Cheryl to finish up the search for a Digital Archivist, and with Sarah and Cheryl on the Open Education Librarian position that we hope will post by mid-April.  Two other LSS positions are also in our queue.

I’m excited about this spring’s outreach activities!  Open House weekend is approaching soon (April 18-20).  It’s the 20th annual open house, and “our” student, Kate Johnson (http://lib.calpoly.edu/about/organization/design/kjohnson.html) , won this year’s graphic competition for the campus poster! During Open House weekend the library will be featuring our role in Learn by Doing through posters that celebrate our amazing student assistants.  Meanwhile, beginning next week, the library will be hosting a series of Pride month events, including an informal social in the Atrium next week; and a series of Pride Center-sponsored “101” drop-in workshops.  Look for news stories and schedules soon on our web site!

I’ve been thinking about writing centers and libraries.  Our long-term plans for the library expansion call for bringing the writing center into the new building.  I talked earlier this week with CLA Associate Dean Debra Valencia-Laver (she’s recruiting for a permanent head of the Cal Poly writing center), and we talked about how we can develop this relationship over the near-term future, too. There are some good sources out there on how libraries and writing centers can collaborate. One says, “by recognizing that writing and research are a single activity, we might reinvigorate the discussion about writing process and how the search for information is shaped by that process.”

Enjoy the long weekend and see you in spring quarter!