Jim McCue was a recent graduate of the University of Santa Clara when he was hired by Library Director Hans Larsen at the beginning of the 1972-73 school year as an Audio-Visual Technician. His degree in Philosophy hid the fact that he had been a late bloomer taking nine years to get that degree as he alternated his formal education with experience in commercial aviation and photography as well as educational media. Within two years he was promoted to Media Production Specialist, although he felt that the name should have been Generalist since he did not specialize in a single medium. Meanwhile, he had earned his Community College Limited Service Credential to teach Art and Design, including Photography, and taught Beginning Color Photography as an adjunct in the evening program.
In 1976, Jim was promoted to Media Services Coordinator, a position in which he continued until 1990 when he transitioned from the Library to the Microcomputer Software Support Department under Dr. Alan Lowe, and eventually under direct supervision of the Dean of Instruction, Judith Gillespie, where he was still able to work closely supporting the teaching and learning process. In 1993 he was transitioned to Information Technology as a Computer Software Specialist, no longer directly associated with the instructional staff. Jim retired in September 1998, after 26 years of dedicated service.
During his long tenure at Ohlone, Jim assisted the faculty with their audio /visual needs. He would set up, fix, suggest, and simply be there when anyone wanted to try new things or improve what they had been doing. As of 2016, he still likes to say that the part of his job that he liked best was teaching the teachers to teach with the new media. His work ethic and bubbly personality made him a much-loved member of the Ohlone Family.
Jim was enthusiastic about capturing photographs of faculty, staff, students and events at the college. Many of his images are in the college archive and serve to tell the story of Ohlone over the years.