Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Robert E. Kennedy Library

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 of publishing efforts (1-3): 3 - Established
  • Stage comments:
  • Open access focus (1-5): 5 - Completely
  • Program advisory/editorial board: No
Staffing (in full-time equivalents):
  • Professional staff: 1
  • Paraprofessional staff: 1.25
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.

  2021 Open access Paid Hybrid
Conference papers and proceedings, faculty
Conference papers and proceedings, student
Educational resources (e.g., textbooks, course modules)
Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) 164
Journals, campus-based faculty-created 7
Journals, campus-based student-created 1
Journals, contracted by external groups
Journals, inactive back issues
Technical/research reports
Undergraduate capstones/honors theses 365

2021: New publications from July 2020 to June 2021. 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 offer a combination of both open access and pay-access content.


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

Openness to working with external partners: Open to working with any external partner

Part of a consortium that provides support for publishing?

Work with a university press?

Administer a university press?

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 has continued work in the Digital Publishing Pilot, continuing to work to enhance access to Cal Poly scholarship through a digitally immersive, interactive system that focuses on collaboration, accessible approaches, and recognition of individuals’ places within structural systems. This structural solution brings inclusive practices, equity, and justice to the forefront of scholarly publishing at Cal Poly centering historically underrepresented identities, perspectives, and creativity. The system, to be titled Poly Publishing, will define best practices, standards, and workflows for publishing faculty exhibits at Kennedy Library. By establishing fundamentals such as using open review systems, establishing models of community guidelines, reassessment of multimodal scholarship, and creating a common vocabulary, Poly Publishing hopes to continue to provide an accessible, accountable and transparent publishing system. For more information, feel free to watch this ASERL webinar (
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