1. Working on: Yesterday morning I was part of a small group (me, Mike Miller, and two people from campus planning) that interviewed two architectural firms. Both firms are candidates for the job of creating a vision and plan for phased, small and large projects to enhance Kennedy Library over the next 5-10 years. In architecture-speak, this is called “programming.” Both candidates are outstanding architectural firms, and both have worked extensively with academic libraries.
The programming process will involve a lot of listening and consultation with library staff. It will also be a powerful opportunity to engage our community (students, faculty, administration) and donors. Mike proposed this project, and I agree it’s timely and much needed. In the end, we’ll have a coherent and shared vision for the building, one that will excite donors and open up new possibilities. If all goes well, the process will launch by this fall; as we learn more, I’ll share with everyone.
2. Excited about: Professor Clare Olsen’s art installation, “Learning is Infectious,” is happening today in the grand stairway! Clare Olsen joined Cal Poly just a few years ago, and she has shared many ideas with us for bringing beautiful design with light and color into our building. Her installation is more than art: it’s an example of collaboration, faculty research, and the way our community helps shape their library. You can read and watch interviews and videos about Clare’s project here: http://lib.calpoly.edu/blog/outloud/2013/01/07/clare-on-color/
3. Thinking about: What benefits to our users could we achieve if the library and ITS help desk services were to collaborate more directly? Many academic library commons incorporate technical support advice and referrals, as well as technical device lending. Johanna and I have started talking about when and how we might gather ideas and pilot some of them, later this year.
Have a great weekend everyone.