Meet Bob Kieft, Occidental College’s College Librarian

Occidental College Librarian Robert KieftTo continue our series of profiles on members of the NELA Newspapers collaborators, meet Bob Kieft.

Bob has been Occidental’s College Librarian since 2008. While at Occidental he has helped build on the library’s  strengths and created an even more successful and innovative library program. Prior to moving to Occidental College in the fall of 2008, he worked at Haverford College, where he was Director of College Information Resources and Librarian of the College.

During his second year at Occidental, in the fall of 2010, he helped to plan and conduct an IMLS-funded grant to LYRASIS and partners, “Toward a Cloud Collection: Designing a National Framework to Manage Monographs” and was founder with Bernie Reilly, President of the Center for Research Libraries, of a group who meet informally at ALA to discuss cooperative collections issues. He holds a PhD from Stanford University and an MLIS from the University of California, Berkeley.

For the NELA Newspapers Pilot Project, Bob assisted in writting the John Randolf Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation grant.  He will continue to be involved with the project through its completion and is excited to be a part of the NELA Newspapers Pilot Project Team.


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