Schleifer Announces Retirement as University Librarian

Schleifer Announces Retirement as University Librarian
Harold Schleifer

After 27 years of service to Cal Poly Pomona, Harold Schleifer has announced his retirement as dean of the University Library, effective Dec. 31, 2008.

“It's always difficult to finalize a decision like this,” says Schleifer. “I have been honored to serve the university community during my tenure, watching our library grow to become one of the most beautiful and dynamic facilities in our region. Our library faculty and staff are among the most talented professionals I know, giving me great confidence for a bright future.”

A national search for a new dean will begin in the coming weeks, according to Provost Marten denBoer. In the interim, Gil Brum, professor of biological sciences in the College of Science, has agreed to serve as university librarian.

“Harold has built an extraordinary asset,” adds denBoer. “He has led this community into the digital age, with a focus on social-based learning. Harold leaves a legacy that remains central to our mission.”

Schleifer joined Cal Poly Pomona in 1981 and began his leadership tenure in 1985, after the retirement of Harold Wells. In 1989, work was completed on the new fifth and sixth floors of the main library. In 2000, he led the university through a process to reengineer the library to accommodate a new generation of students and faculty.

The library addition and renovation was a $58.5 million capital project that was funded principally by Propositions 47 and 55, which passed in 2002 and 2004. The new complex opened to the community this fall. The Cal Poly Pomona University Library now houses a collection exceeding three million items in more than 300,000 square feet.