Celebrate New Chapter with 'Worlds Connect @ the University Library'

Celebrate New Chapter with 'Worlds Connect @ the University Library'
The campus will celebrate the contributions of libraries and librarians during National Library Week.

Libraries have evolved in the digital age, transforming from staid institutions into technologically advanced centers that offer high-speed Internet, electronic check-out, digital journals and other services unavailable to previous generations. The Cal Poly Pomona University Library is no exception.

During National Library Week, April 13-17, the campus will honor the contributions of libraries and librarians.

This year's theme, “Worlds Connect @ the University Library,” showcases the library as the only place on campus that serves every academic curriculum, connecting users to a vast array of knowledge and creativity.

The University Library will host a series of workshops, discussions, presentations and other events to showcase its services and bring the campus community together to exchange ideas. Highlights include a reading circle on “The Secret Life of Bees,” behind-the-scenes tours, a presentation on how faculty should handle plagiarism and academic dishonesty and a wine tasting event.

The week kicks off with a welcome reception on Monday, April 13, at 9 a.m. in library's Academic Classroom theatre and culminates with the 2008-09 Golden Leaves Recognition reception on Friday, April 17, at 2 p.m.

On Thursday, April 16, Collins College professors Bob Small and Margie Ferree Jones and Winemaker Don Galleano will host a free wine tasting in the Special Collections room of the University Library from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The wine tasting will feature a variety of Southern California wines including Cal Poly Pomona's inaugural vintage of Horsehill Vineyards Zinfandel Rose. The tasting is an opportunity to showcase extensive artifacts and other documentation of Robert Balzer's remarkable life in wine, and of his careers as a wine journalist and wine educator. Balzer is recognized for having had an enormous impact on the California wine industry, and on the acceptance of California wines worldwide.

“One of the challenges of a fundamentally commuter campus is an absence of a sense of community, and there are few opportunities to come together to build community,” says Dr. Gilbert Brum, director of the University Library. “The events can serve as a 'condensation point' for bringing people together on common  ground and to begin community building through receptions, discussions, workshops, exhibits and scholarly exchanges.

“Our goal is for the library to become the premier learning and cultural center on campus, as well as an indispensable part of the education and scholarship of Cal Poly Pomona,” Brum says. “They all take place here in the one facility on campus in which everyone shares ownership.”

For a full schedule of events, visit www.cpp.edu/~library/assets/NationalLibraryWeek.pdf. For more information, contact Brum at (909) 869-4036 or at gdbrum@cpp.edu.