This week we launched year two of the Learn by Doing Scholar Awards, recognizing faculty scholarship about Cal Poly’s signature approach to learning.  It is generously funded again this year by the Library Advisory Board.  We have an outstanding slate of tenured faculty on the award committee from all six colleges plus the library, with several continuing members from last year, and several new members, including last year’s award winner, J. Kevin Taylor.  The award is open to teams or individuals, and to both tenure-track faculty and lecturers, with applications accepted February 22 through March 20, and awards announced in spring quarter.  At our meeting this week committee member Brian Greenwood shared the great news that the “More than a Motto” project has the green light to move ahead with creating a book on Learn by Doing at Cal Poly, and organizing a second “More than a Motto” conference in May 2017.

The usual flurry of reports and agendas that accompanies each quarterly COLD (Council of Library Deans) meeting has begun. One item on the agenda  for next week’s meeting just hit our inboxes yesterday: a report by the working group that’s tasked to advise on the future of CSU’s shared DSpace-based digital repository, Scholarworks.   They’ve produced a roadmap for the future of Scholarworks, and they recommend adopting and migrating to Fedora.  Fedora is the basis of our own recently adopted Islandora repository system, so this is great news.  Their report also recommends providing digital preservation through Amazon’s Glacier system, Faculty/Scholar Profiles through Islandora as well as CSU instances of Open Journal Systems and related services: Open Monograph Press, and Open Conference Systems.  This development is very much aligned with our thinking here and what we did last summer, migrating from ContentDM to Islandora. This CSU development could add significant collaborative resources to our own digital initiatives.  


An article caught my attention this week about Eric Lander (lead author of the  Initial sequencing and analysis of the human genome“) and the Broad (rhymes with ‘road’) Institute, known for a “big science” approach to biology.  As much as anything this article is interesting as a peek into the  emotions and quarrels that are rarely discussed publicly but very much a part of academic life. Equally interesting is the source, STAT  – a new kind of science/medical journalism brought to you by the Boston Globe group.

Have a wonderful weekend,