Larsen, Hans: Assistant Dean of the Library and Learning Resources Center (In Memoriam)

Hans Larsen was hired as Library Director in 1972, later to become Assistant Dean, and served with accomplished distinction for 24 years until his unexpected and sudden death In September 1996.  He was one of the Pioneer Administrators at the temporary Serra Campus on Washington Boulevard in Fremont and was integrally involved in planning and implementing the move to the permanent Fremont Campus on Mission Boulevard in 1974.

Hans was highly respected by his peers as a staunch advocate for Ohlone College and his tireless leadership for the Library and Learning Resources Center.  When he became Assistant Dean in 1988, the English and Speech Departments to added to his oversight.  He also acted as Grants Coordinator for the college.

Hans was an early supporter of television and radio services at the college and their integration with the instructional program.  He also provided leadership to extend library and learning resources to the Newark Ohlone Center when it was established at the MacGregor School site in 1992.  He was also appointed by the Fremont City Council to begin planning for a new Alameda County Library in 1980.

Hans was highly regarded by his peers in California and served as President of Library Resources Associate of the California Community Colleges from 1979-1983.  He was elected to represent community colleges on the Advisory Council of CLASS (College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences) in 1977.  He served on the building committee for the Northern Regional Library Facility in 1979.  He was appointed as a member of the State Librarian’s Task Force for developing strategies for library services in the 1980s.

Hans was a passionate believer in the community college mission.  He started as a community college student earning his A.A. degree from Santa Rosa Junior College.  He then went on for his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley; and his M.A. in Library Services from North Texas State University.  Before accepting the position at Ohlone, he was a Librarian at Long Beach City College and served as the Head Librarian and Media Center Director there.