Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Robert E. Kennedy Library

Academic Services

Katherine O'Clair, Associate Dean, Library Services
Phone: 805-756-2690

Program Overview

The Robert E. Kennedy Library provides digital services to assist and advise the campus community with the creation, open access publication, sharing, and preservation of research, scholarship, and creative activities.

Publishing Activities Began: 2008
Location: United States
Organization: services distributed across library units/departments
Stage (1-3): 3 - Established
Open Access Focus (1-5): 5 - Completely
Program Advisory/Editorial Board: No
Peer Reviewed Journals: 100%

Staffing (in Full Time Equivalents):
  • Professional staff: 1.25
  • Paraprofessional staff: 1.25
  • Undergraduates: 3
Funding Sources for Publishing Activities:
  • Library Operating Budget: 75%
  • Charitable Contributions: 25%

Publishing Activities

Types of publications: electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs); journals, campus-based faculty-created; journals, campus-based student-created; undergraduate capstones/honors theses.

  2019 Open Access Paid Hybrid
Campus-based Faculty-driven Journal2500
Campus-based Student-driven Journals200
Faculty Conference Papers and Proceedings0
Journals for External Groups
Student Conference Papers and Proceedings0
Technical/Research Reports
Undergraduate Capstones/Honors Theses514

2019: New publications from July 2018 to June 2019. Journals include titles actively publishing during the date range. Other publication types include items that were published or added to repositories for the first time within the date range.

OA/Paid/Hybrid: Publications currently published and/or available online. OA (open access) publications do not include counts for hybrid publications. Hybrid publications are those that may be offered in some form as OA, but are also available as a paid version.


Top Publications:
  • Senior Projects
  • Master's Theses
  • Symposium (journal)
  • Between the Species (journal)
  • Focus (journal)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • science
  • history
  • philosophy
  • literature
  • communications


Internal Partners: campus departments or programs; individual faculty; graduate students; undergraduate students

Openess to Partners: Open to working with any external partner

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • audio
  • concept maps or other visualizations
  • data
  • images
  • multimedia/interactive content
  • text
  • video
Softwares & Platforms:
  • Digital Commons (bepress)
  • Islandora
  • WordPress
  • locally developed software

Additional Services:
  • author advisory – copyright
  • author advisory – other
  • cataloging
  • contract/license preparation
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISSN registry
  • outreach
  • peer review management
  • training
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Archive-It
  • MetaArchive

Additional Information

Plans for Expansion & Future Directions:
Robert E. Kennedy Library launched a Digital Publishing Pilot in the summer of 2019. This pilot rethinks access to scholarship by transforming immersive on-site exhibits generated by faculty and students and re-imagining them into a new digital publication. With accessibility as the priority, the Digital Publishing Pilot explores how the screen can fully showcase each distinctive project, exemplifying an alternative approach to the traditional ways of presenting and disseminating academic scholarship and research, while also meeting the needs of faculty research and student scholarship throughout all six Cal Poly colleges. Additionally, the digital publishing platform will provide a way to measure research impact for all contributors. Aspiring to be inclusive and collaborative, the faculty-driven exhibits extend the exchange of ideas through a variety of curatorial and conceptual approaches.
Highlighted Publication

The Forum

The Forum is a historical journal published at Cal Poly by students associated with the Cal Poly History Department and the university’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta. It has earned the prestigious Gerald D. Nash History Journal Award and national recognition two years in a row.

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