Who is Mr. Library Dude?
Hi, I’m Joe Hardenbrook. I work as a reference and instruction librarian at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA where I manage reference and instructional services, teach information literacy sessions, supervise the evening/weekend librarians, do some 3D printing, and serve as liaison to the education, graduate education, music, psychology, and diversity programs.
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, user experience and space assessment 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. I’m currently working on my M.Ed. through my current employer. 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! That being said, I don’t blog as often now due to being back in school. I also 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, Edward Scissorhands. Oh and My Cousin Vinny. Shoot, that’s six. Oh well.
Top 5 favorite TV shows of all time: Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office (U.S.), Six Feet Under, Twin Peaks, Coronation Street.
Note: Views on the blog are my own and do not necessarily represent the views of my employer.