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Get to Know Deric Hardy! [December 2023]

Title: Deric Hardy, Librarian for Science and Engineering

Library/Department: Perkins Library, Natural Sciences & Engineering

Location: Perkins 233

Years at Duke: 1.4 year

In a nutshell, what do you do at Duke University Libraries? As the Science and Engineering subject librarian, I liaise with researchers, staff, and students within the Pratt School of Engineering. I collaborate with fellow DUL staff to deliver library instruction, reference/research assistance, user-centered programming, and library services. I also work with several committees and programs in Duke University Libraries and the Pratt School of Engineering.

If you had to pick one thing, what’s the best part of your job so far? The best part of my job is helping to foster lifelong connections and partnerships with the Duke University academic community. I work daily towards accomplishing these goals through a highly responsive and customer service-focused approach to library patron’s requests for reference/research information, library resources, and services.

What is the best thing you’ve read/watched/listened to recently? A great book that I have recently read is titled, “Becoming an Embedded Librarian: Making Connections in the Classroom” by Michelle Reale. Becoming an embedded librarian is essential to my knowledge of current and emerging engineering research, pedagogy for library instruction, and best collection practices.

What do you like most about living in The Triangle? The Triangle has so much to offer by way of colleges and universities, sports venues, outdoor recreation, and entertainment. It’s a great place to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

What do you like to do outside of work? During the warmer months, I am an avid bank fisherman. I enjoy small tackle fishing.