Sunday, November 05, 2006

Jeff Wilson, Former Library Director Remembered

Jeff Wilson, Director of Library Services for Hope International University from 1977 to 1999, died of cancer last week. His memorial service, held today at Anaheim First Christian Church, was a tribute to a man of impeccable Christian character with a passionate desire to study and teach the Word of God.

Jeff was the third Director of the Library following Ken Hansen and Martha Hurst. He has the distinction of leading us into the electronic age. In the mid-seventies, he brought one of the first OCLC terminals to our campus where librarians from all over the area came to Pacific Christian College to see this cutting edge resource sharing tool.

Before he left the library to start up Hope's Center for Teaching and Learning and help develop HopeOnline, he signed a contract to move us from a card catalog to an integrated library system with one of the earliest web-based Online Public Access Catalogs - Voyager. Even after leaving the library, Jeff continued to serve as a resource for developing the core collection of reserve materials for the Tools for Literary Exegesis and Analysis classes.

A prime example of servant leadership and life-long learning, Jeff will be sorely missed.

See more on the HIU news page.

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