About HP

Why ‘Hidden Peanuts’?

Honestly, the story and meaning has very little to do with this blog in its current form. I was hunting for an available URL one day, something that would have a unique search engine footprint and let me build a bit of a personal brand. A friend hid some peanuts in my car while that hunt was ongoing, and for some reason the phrase just popped into my head. Sorry, it’s not very exciting :)

A bit about me and what you’ll find on this site

I’m currently “Emerging Technologies Librarian” at UNC Chapel Hill. And I love my job! I get to serve in an advisory role to projects throughout campus involving new tech, plus spearhead some pretty interesting things myself. I spend a lot of time trying out new tech tools and trying to think of ways they can be used in a library or educational setting, and I provide a number of staff development opportunities to try and keep everyone else up to date. I’m lucky to be at an institution where I receive incredible support from my colleagues!

Some of my more particular areas of interest at the moment are eBooks, mobile devices, gaming in education, and location-based services. So, of course I end up writing about those things here more often than anything else. Every so often I throw in a video game or book review, when I stumble on something that pushes some particularly strong buttons for me (good or bad). I’m a nerd/geek at heart, and my hobbies & reading interests tend to reflect that. Lots of the 21st century still seems like magic (even if we don’t have our jetpacks and flying cars) and the impact of technology on our lives fascinates me.

Where I’ve been in the past:

I grew up near Rochester, NY (where I got my start in libraries shelving books in high school), earned my MLIS at the University of Pittsburgh, and held my first librarian job with the wonderful people at the University of Alabama Huntsville. Now I’m pretty well settled into North Carolina, and I plan on sticking around for the long haul.

Comments (10)

  1. Hi Chad-

    I know you are looking for a job and we just posted a position for a Systems Librarian at the Montana State Library. It seems like it would be a good fit for you, but it is in Montana! Here is a link to the posting http://www.pnla.org/jobs/j34.htm

    Roberta Gebhardt
    Cataloging Specialist
    Montana State Library

  2. wow, thanks Roberta!

    Unfortunately I won’t have my degree until August, otherwise I’d put something in before the deadline.

    And as I keep telling everyone, I’m willing to relocate anywhere :)

  3. Nice to meet you Chad, I found you doing a flickr search of my own last name, wondering if there were any pix of me up there, guess not, but there you were in full force. I have never met another Haefele, (besides the ones I grew up with) how do you pronounce it? We pronounce it hay-flee, or hay-fuh-lee. My Haefeles are mostly based out of Northern California, having originated 4 generations ago from Chicago and before that, somewhere in Southern Germany. Good luck finding a job.

    Teressa

  4. Hey Chad,

    Cool site and helpful blog (I just found it today as a referal from another blog). It seems you and I are interested in similar things. I currently live in Penfield (‘burb of rochester) and recently landed a systems librarian job in the adirondacks that starts this fall. Love the whole “how technology and libraries” can work to improve user services theme. Just wanted to give a quick hello and encourage you. You’re doing a great job.

    Mike

  5. Hi Teressa-

    Small world! I’ve never met any Haefeles not related to myself. We’re from Southern Germany way back at some point too, so who knows? Possible connection :) And our pronunciation is exactly the same – I accept either way.

    Mike-

    Thanks and Congrats! To be more accurate, I’m from Fairport. So hi, neighbor :)

  6. Chad
    I guess this means you got a job.
    Your friends at the Fairport Library want to know.
    Signed
    Displayed Walnuts

  7. Devastatingly handsome? More handsome than Ferris? Whoa.

  8. Hi my name is also Chad Haefele and I am 11 years old. I live in Johannesburg South Africa with my parents and brother Mitchell.

    I am an extremely good sportsman.

    I was wondering if there are any more Chad Haefele’s in this world, quite funny that you were born 11 years before me!!!!!!

    Chad

  9. Hi, other me! So sorry I never replied, I really thought I had already.

    I am not a good sportsman, unfortunately. I guess you got that side of things!

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