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Alton (Tony) Hardman
Community: Goodwell, OK
Profession: Library Director, Oklahoma Panhandle State University
Tony Hardman is the Library Director at Oklahoma Panhandle State University. Previously he was the LRC Administrator for Western Oklahoma State College in Altus, Oklahoma where he also taught classes in public speaking. As a librarian, Tony has presented at over ten professional conferences in Oklahoma, Utah, Arizona, Kansas, Oregon, and New Hampshire.
Tony’s love for the radio developed when he was a student at Southern Utah University. As a Communications major, he spent one year as a disc jockey on the college radio station and also served as their Program Director. After college, he appeared on various radio programs to promote both college and community events and even told a ghost story on one of those programs.
In addition to his career as a librarian/educator, Tony is very active in theater. He has been a professional storyteller since 1992 and has told stories at various festivals in Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Arizona. He is currently the Vice President for Territory Tellers, the state-wide storytelling organization for Oklahoma and is a member of the Tejas Storytelling Association. He has been active in community theater where he has performed in plays such as Harvey and The Christmas Cactus. At OPSU he was the Assistant Director for CLUE: The Musical and directed Dracula for the Guymon Community Theater.