Member of the Week: Wendy Hardenberg

Wendy HardenbergWendy Hardenberg is Instruction Coordinator/Reference Librarian at the Southern Connecticut State University Hilton C. Buley Library in New Haven, CT. Wendy has been an ACRL member since 2008 and is your ACRL member of the week for November 3, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Curious, compassionate, quirky.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? Always several things! I’m currently slogging through an interview in Hindi with Geet Chaturvedi (whom I would one day like to translate into English in my side career as a literary translator) called Sammukh. I’m also halfway through a preprint I randomly got in the mail called Saving the Hooker by Michael Adelberg (being a librarian can be odd sometimes!). Then I’m listening to Bel Canto by Ann Patchett during my morning commute and Robert Jordan’s Crossroads of Twilight with my husband when we’re in the car together.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Useful, proactive, diverse.

4. What do you value about ACRL? Honestly, getting my professional reading mailed to my house so I can’t forget about it! Plus the interesting initiatives, like Assessment in Action, which I got to participate in the first cohort for.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? I’m the library Instruction Coordinator and First-Year Experience librarian, so I’ve been trying to create a programmatic way for students to engage with information literacy through their classes. I also show up everywhere talking about information literacy and the library, so everyone knows me now and is thinking about those things more.

6. In your own words: I just love our students and trying to teach them about the world of research and information. I hope they can sense that and get excited because of it!

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