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Mercedes Rutherford-Patten

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Mercedes Rutherford-Patten
I am a first generation college graduate with a BA in Biology and Master's in Library & Information Science. I'm available to help you find and use Kennedy Library resources and services that will help you succeed at Cal Poly, SLO. Click my image above to view my bio.
Robert E. Kennedy Library, 208
I come from a working class family of manufacturers, homemakers, and farmers in a small community in the US heartland. I earned a bachelor’s degree in biology with minors in chemistry and sociology from a private liberal arts college not far from my hometown. Following this, I worked and volunteered for many years in animal care, hospitality, and non-profit organizations. My interest in libraries, higher education and lifelong learning led me to enroll in an AS program for Library Information and Technology at Cuesta College and I eventually went on to earn a MLIS from San Jose State University. I started working at the Kennedy Library in 2017 as a reference and instruction specialist in the Foundational Experiences (FX) program. In 2021, I moved into an Assistant Librarian position where I am continuing to provide support in the FX program and library-wide outreach efforts. I was the first in my family to graduate from a 4-year college and professional program, and I have a special interest in working with and supporting first generation students and designing library instruction for diverse learners. I’m passionate about environmental stewardship and reading both fiction and non-fiction novels (science, fantasy, and memoirs, in particular).

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Summer Institute 2018
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Summer Institute 2021
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