This post was written by Sue Zwicker, Reference Librarian at the Natural History Library and Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and a new addition to Smithsonian Libraries staff. The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), in Edgewater, Maryland is a global leader for research focused on connections between land and water ecosystems. A staff of 17 senior scientists, and an interdisciplinary team of more than 180 researchers, technicians, and students, conduct long-term descriptive and experimental research that cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries.
Mike Hardy is truly a jack of all trades. Before joining the Libraries, Hardy worked as a greens keeper at a private golf course, delivered furniture, carried groceries to shut-ins, managed a gas station, worked as part of a surveying crew for the communications cables between Atlas sites, had a long career in the Navy (24 years), served as an organization development consultant, and taught English in Taiwan. Phew! Hardy currently manages the collection at the Libraries' Research Annex (SILRA), and before this post was the serials manager at the National Museum of American History Library for three years. Hardy is a native of Illinois and graduated from the State University of New York with a B.A. in geography. His hobbies include reading science and history non-fiction, and listening to several musical genres: rock, soul, blues, jazz and, as he describes, “a lot of weird world music!” Hardy is truly a Smithsonian enthusiast; his favorite destinations in the DC area are the Smithsonian museums. He also likes to go to more »