Meet the ACRL Presidents: Larry L. Hardesty

Larry L. HardestyOver the course of ACRL’s 75th anniversary celebration, we’ll highlight the association’s history by profiling our past presidents. Larry L. Hardesty served as ACRL President from 1999-2000.

1. Three words to describe your ACRL presidency: Busy . . . busy . . . and busy.

2. What is your most enduring memory of your presidential year? Lots of traveling and speaking engagements at ACRL chapter meetings . . . all fun and with great hosts.

3. What are you most proud of accomplishing during your presidential year and why? Initiating the Excellence in Academic Libraries Awards. I think they brought much needed visibility to outstanding academic libraries of all types and provided models for others to emulate.

4. Any advice for future ACRL presidents? Have an agenda in mind because once you are elected, things move very quickly; work closely with the ACRL staff to determine what is possible; work closely with the past and incoming president when you are president since you can help each other. Stay in contact and listen closely to the sections and the Chapters Council. Keep informed about larger ALA issues since ACRL is a big player in ALA.