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Larry Lynn Hardesty, American librarian. Recipient Distinguished Alumnus award Indiana U.-Bloomington, School Library and Information Science, 2000, Distinguished Alumnus award University Wisconsin-Madison, 2002, University Nebraska, Kearney, 2002; Council on Library. Resources grantee, 1975-1977, 84, 88, 92, 94, Institute Museum and Library Services grant 2010.


Hardesty, Larry Lynn was born on August 8, 1947 in Hyannis, Nebraska, United States. Son of George Kenton and Enid LaVon (Cotton) Hardesty.


Bachelor in Education, Kearney State College, 1969. Master of Science in Education, Kearney State College, 1971. Master of Library Science, University Wisconsin, 1974.

Master of Science in Education, Indiana University, 1978. Doctor of Philosophy, Indiana University, 1982.


Teacher Center Catholic High School, Grand Island, Nebraska, 1969-1970. Social worker Adams County Welfare Office, Hastings, 1971, Hall County Welfare Office, Grand Island, 1972. Reference library Kearney State College, 1973-1975.

Head reference department DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, 1975-1983. Director of library services Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1983-1995. College library Austin College, Sherman, Texas, 1995—2004.

Dean library University Nebraska Kearney, 2004—2006. Interim dean library Winona State University, Minnesota, 2006—2008, cooperative, consultant, since 2008. Consultant Office of Management Studies, Washington, 1979-1981.

Organizer library conferences Eckerd College, 1984-1992. Speaker in field. With United States Army Reserve, 1970-1975 Indiana National Guard, 1975-1976.



There is a large range of issues where Church should interact with politics in such areas as poverty and inequality, environmental issues, nuclear and chemical weapons and the harm caused by use of drugs and drinking.


The family is the basic human community through which persons are nurtured and sustained in mutual love, responsibility, respect, and fidelity.


Board member Kearney Noon Rotary, since 2009. Member American Library Association (life, chairperson college libraries section 1995-1996, council member since 2003), Association College and Research Libraries (board directors 1987-1991, 1999-2001, chair board directors Florida chapter 1986-1987, president 1999-2000, chair national conference 2003, Academy/Research Library of the Year 2001), Southern Accreditation Association (reaffirmation team 1991-2002), Florida Library. Association (board dirs 1988-1990), Beta Phi Mu, Phi Alpha Theta.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: antique collector, aquariums, model and full size farm tractor collector.


Married Carol Jean Weaver, June 6, 1970.

George Kenton Hardesty

Enid LaVon (Cotton) Hardesty

Carol Jean Weaver