By Sasha Ramazani
With a number of degrees to his name including a doctorate in
education and master’s in library science, Ray Wang has been
appointed the new dean of the University Library as of Sept.
Wang, who previously served as the interim dean at the Humboldt
State library is thrilled to be starting this new chapter in his
“I am very humbled and flattered to come to Cal Poly Pomona and
to lead this fantastic facility,” said Wang.
Wang feels libraries have changed so much in the past 20 years
due to developments in the World Wide Web as well as how easily
information can now be obtained.
With this new generation of students who are glued to their
always-changing devices, Wang encourages students to remember what
the main purpose of the library is.
“We have to change the purpose of a library from just being
about books to a sense of community and accommodate students
needs,” said Wang. “We have to learn, change very fast, attract
students and still be the center of activity.”
The library has recently completed a $58.5 million expansion and
renovation. Some highlights include a 24-hour lab with 78 computer
stations, a two-story grand reading room, 43 group study rooms, and
With already having a first-rate facility, according to Wang, he
hopes to develop many activities to change this traditional library
setting into a modern library.
Wang hopes to accomplish all these ideas with the library’s new
logo of “@” which can already be seen when entering the
“The logo means a sense of place,” said Wang. “You are ‘at’ the
library which is a place of synergy where you not only come to
learn but to make friends.”
Wang also emphasizes the library as an open gallery, which
showcases the arts of the world.
“Every single piece of art will be a curiosity for people and
there will be a story behind each one,” said Wang.
Currently, Wang stands as the Chair of the Electronic Access to
Information Resources Committee, which represents 23 CSU-wide
campuses and helps them to obtain and share library databases at
Dr. Marten denBoer, the university provost, believes Wang has a
strong background in information science and library
“As he takes over the leadership of the library, he will work on
continuing its development of electronic information in support of
teaching and scholarship, utilization of the new building to
integrate the library into the intellectual life of the university,
and pursuing fundraising opportunities in support of the library’s
mission,” said denBoer.
Aside from his involvements in the library field, Wang is also
very interested in foreign studies. Earning a master’s in foreign
studies and a bachelor’s in English, one of Wang’s previous jobs
included being a translator for the United Nations.
While at Humboldt, Wang helped to establish a college in China
and hopes to accomplish a similar venue while at Cal Poly with the
help of the Director of International Programs, Faiza Shereen.
“The realization of our internationalization goals depends on
the involvement and support of administrators and faculty, and we
are lucky to have someone like Ray, who brings experience and
enthusiasm about international education,” said Shereen.
Wang envisions the library as a lab where students are
encouraged to ask not only about class assignments, but anything
relating to school, life and a career path.
“Through the relatively small things, you are making a larger
impact and that’s how I see my future at Cal Poly Pomona in this
most dynamic area of activities,” said Wang.
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New dean ‘@’ university library
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