It’s not even March yet, but the “winter shift” is already well underway: if you haven’t walked through 111 recently, you may enjoy catching this work in progress. In just a few short weeks, the reference collection and current periodicals will have shifted to new locations, and the research help desk/station will have relocated to the second floor (“Learning Commons”). Every shift looks simple from the outside (anyone who has moved from one house to the other knows there’s nothing simple about it!). Once again the Kennedy Library village has shown that we have what it takes: student assistants, library staff in multiple departments, library faculty, facilities partners: there’s hardly anyone in the library who isn’t part of making this shift happen, so that we can begin what should be an exciting transformation of the first floor study spaces. Dale and I spoke yesterday about holding a ‘town hall’ with library staff about these and other facilities and shifting projects, to be sure everyone’s up on the latest plans.
The scholarship of our library faculty and staff is inspiring at all times, and this week you were on a roll! Congratulations to Jeanine on receiving her masters degree in history this week – with distinction. Jeanine’s exciting work, posted this week in our Digital Commons, is an important piece of scholarship on Cal Poly’s Swanton Pacific Ranch, and weaves together Jeanine’s background in the biological sciences with her commitment to data sciences and digital humanities. Brava Jeanine! Also this week, congratulations to graduate student Christopher Lee for his role in a CSU-wide webinar on use of Reprints Desk at Cal Poly and SDSU. Christopher will be presenting his research at an ILLIAD poster session next month. Congratulations Chris! Congratulations also to Adriana and a team of collaborators across the library for their submission of an amazing joint IMLS grant proposal with the Center for Emerging Technologies for developing a “Research Data Sandbox.” Meanwhile Jessica was wowing audiences with an invited talk at an event in the southland celebrating the opening of LA County Arboretum‘s library remodel. Jessica’s talk focused on work by a leading cactus and succulents horticulturalist who printed some simple and lavish books on the subject in the 1920s-30s. We don’t always hear about everyone’s accomplishments, so I hope I haven’t left anyone out – don’t be shy! – let me know, so that we can get the good word out!
And speaking of lands, gardens, and villages, here’s an amazing example of digital open culture I ran across this week. It celebrates the 500th death anniversary of the early Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch with an interactive transmedia self-guided tour of his master-work, The Garden of Earthly Delights.
Enjoy the green hills and beautiful spring skies this weekend!