Cal Poly State University Robert E. Kennedy Library

The Robert E. Kennedy Library at Cal Poly State University, winner in the university category, was selected for its innovations in student engagement.


“Cal Poly State University library uses a thematic approach in their application, documenting their emphasis on being open, inclusive and connected,” said Ogburn. “Their ideas are fresh and appealing across the three areas. The committee noted the level of student engagement and partnerships across campus. We were taken by the LibRATs program, or Library Research Assistance Technicians, where highly trained students provide instruction and help other students with research. Among their other innovations are developing a Data Studio to address data literacy and instigating access to, and development of, open access textbooks to decrease costs for students.”

"It is a true honor to be chosen for this year's ACRL Excellence Award,” said Anna K. Gold, university librarian at Cal Poly State University. “The Robert E. Kennedy Library's 'open, inclusive, connected' culture reflects the strengths of California Polytechnic State University's cross-disciplinary excellence. Every person at the Kennedy library works hard to amplify those strengths, through our partnerships with students, staff and faculty. Many academic libraries are emerging as dynamic campus centers for learning and research, and we are thrilled to be recognized among them this year by our peers, and by this award.”

Awards Won

Title Year
Excellence in Academic Libraries Award

To recognize academic librarians and staff who work together as a team to develop academic libraries that are outstanding in furthering the educational missions of their institutions.

2014 - Winner(s)