Andy Stancliffe: From Beach to Bequest

Andy Stancliffe at a circulation deskOne sunny afternoon in September 1974, Andy Stancliffe stopped by the Library’s personnel office to fill out an application for a student position. Though he was wearing the same cutoff shorts and a t-shirt he’d worn to the beach earlier in the day, to Andy’s great surprise he was interviewed on the spot.
“The personnel assistant noticed that I was a French major and had studied German and called the head of the serials department, who asked to see me right away,” recalls Stancliffe. “I must have done well in spite of my clothes, because she called me a day later and offered me a job!”
After graduating, Andy applied for a fulltime assistant position, planning to work for a year or two while deciding what to do with his life. His attention to detail and positive outlook quickly attracted notice from his supervisors, who encouraged him to stay and develop his managerial skills. “I was very fortunate to have excellent supervisors and mentors throughout my career,” Stancliffe notes. “They all inspired me with their knowledge, service orientation, and willingness to share their expertise. From an initial position at the Biomedical Library’s loan desk, Andy transferred to the Research Library’s acquisitions department, eventually becoming its head. “I took great pride in knowing we could track down and order just about any book published anywhere in the world!” he says.
As the publishing world went through enormous changes in the 1990s and shifted to electronic journals, databases, and e-books, Andy applied the knowledge gained throughout his career to reviewing and negotiating licenses for electronic resources. He also worked with users to troubleshoot problems they had accessing e-resources.
In addition, he became a UCLA Library donor. “I began giving in the 1990s as a way of recognizing the opportunities the Library had given me,” he explains.“ Over the years I continued to make regular small donations to the University Librarian’s Discretionary Fund.” Last year Andy’s family insisted that he make an estate plan. “After reviewing my options and meeting with Library and campus development staff I decided to leave the bulk of my estate to the UCLA Library,” he says proudly.
“Rather than restricting the bequest to one area, I felt it would be most useful to leave it to the University Librarian’s Discretionary Fund, where it can be used wherever the need is greatest.” Andy’s generous bequest serves as a fi  legacy to his dedicated career. It will enable the Library to provide future generations of UCLA students, faculty, and staff with the same friendly service and excellent resources he prided himself on.