Who is Mr. Library Dude?

hardenbrook-joeHi, I’m Joe Hardenbrook (he, him, his). My day job is at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA. In 2018, I became Director of Library Services. I wear a lot of hats–and that’s what I like. Besides responsibility for overall administration and management of the library, I also oversee access services and participate in information literacy teaching, research assistance, collection development, and outreach. I’ve been at Carroll since 2014, first as Reference and Instruction Librarian.

Working as an academic librarian since 2003, my primary areas of responsibility have been in information literacy and reference. I’ve also worked as an instructional technologist and have taught college-level courses in podcasting, first-year seminar, and information and library science. Current areas of interest include social media, 3D printing, organizational leadership, and UX in libraries. Also, I did a thing with Legos and libraries that seemed to go “viral.”

I started out as a student library assistant in college, receiving a B.A. in history from Ball State University and my M.L.S. from Indiana University. While at Carroll, I completed my master’s in education and wrote my capstone project on makerspaces in academic libraries. When not in “libraryland,” I’m an aspiring shutterbug and traveler–I often blog about that too.

Why Mr. Library Dude?

Simple answer: it’s a name that has stuck! Once while teaching a library instruction session, a student needed help. However, he forgot my name, so he yelled out: “Hey, Mr. Library Dude!” It fit, so I decided to adopt the moniker.

Do I know that the word dude has some negative connotations (e.g., dudebro)? Yes, I do. However, I grew up in the 1980s and 1990s and more identify with dude as: duuuuuude! I also say “awesome” a lot, but I digress.

Why I blog and what I blog about

I blog about library-related topics that interest me, things I’ve tried, or things I want to know more about. I don’t have a schedule for postings–just whenever I feel like it! I do not take solicitations for blog topics or products to review.

Lastly, some random stuff: My Top 5’s…

Top 5 favorite books: The House on Mango Street, A Confederacy of Dunces, Me Talk Pretty One Day, A Walk in the Woods, A Light in the Attic.

Top 5 favorite movies: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, My Cousin Vinny.

Top 5 favorite TV shows of all time: The Office (U.S.), Six Feet Under, Twin Peaks, Schitt’s Creek, Coronation Street.

Note: Views on the blog are my own and do not necessarily represent the views of my employer.