Happy Friday, last day of winter quarter, and (as of yesterday) the official arrival of spring.

1.  Working on:  I’ve been coordinating and communicating with CLA, GRC, and our own team here to support the unexpectedly early arrival of a huge book donation by the Printing Industries of America to Cal Poly: the Wadewitz collection on printing and the print industry. Arriving sometime next month, we expect the collection will be temporarily stored and processed in Building 52, and later moved to Building 26.  Along with the Wadewitz collection, several other related collections of older and rare materials will be shipped in April to Kennedy Library for possible addition to Special Collections. This part of the gift will be stored temporarily in our old server room (behind Access Services).  We’ll share more information about plans for processing both collections as they develop.

2.  Excited about:  Our phenomenal student work: the gorgeous new Kennedy Library banner, designed by student Ben Kieffer on Conny’s team. It has an Emerald City quality, don’t you think?  Then there’s Special Collections student assistant Soquel Filice’s eye-opening, eloquent series of articles on the history of women at Cal Poly

3.  Thinking about:  How important is a traditional security system in a library like ours?  Assuming we had another way to count library visitors, would we need security gates anymore? What would happen if they were removed? Unplugged? Other librarians have pondered this as well, reporting on their own experience with gate removal,  and even security providers acknowledge the self-monitoring / “visual reminder” role of security gates.

It’s been great to see everyone at the librarian candidate presentations this week and I hope you get a chance to come again this morning at 10:30 for our final candidate’s talk.

Thank you for all you’ve done to support our hard-working students and faculty this quarter, and enjoy the game this afternoon. Go Mustangs!