Rhonda K. Huisman

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Rhonda Huisman has a Masters in Education from Briar Cliff University, and a Masters in Information Science and Learning Technology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is an Associate Dean and Assistant Professor for University Libraries. Rhonda has many years’ experience in education as middle and high school teacher, academic librarian, adjunct faculty, and grant activity director. She has published and presented on information literacy, assessment, instructional technology, first year seminars, and faculty-librarian relationships, and taught courses in sociology, informational technology, and children’s literature. Her research includes examining the impact of library as place among urban high school students and college readiness, and the programmatic review of library instruction and engagement on student success.


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    Project based learning: Faculty and librarian partners in pedagogy
    (2013-03-18) Huisman, Rhonda K.
    This [poster]session will define Project-Based Learning (PBL), including the methodology, structure, resources, and ideas for collaboration between teachers, faculty and librarians. Project-Based Learning provides for unique, effective, and authentic classroom experience for students at all levels (K-12 and higher education). There is a strong research component in PBL units, which gives librarians the opportunity to engage in deeper and interconnected pedagogy, including the integration of information literacy skills and standards. When students are presented with a real-world, authentic problem to solve, they are empowered in their learning. Through this critical thinking process, they discover resources including new and emerging technologies, connections in their community, as well as recognizing reliable, authoritative resources. The curricular restructuring and adaptation of this type of instructional process involves extensive planning, collaboration, and training, but students report a higher level of understanding, deeper acquisition of knowledge, and personal investment when involved in PBL. Librarians are integral in providing the resources and supporting the research needs of both students and teachers when developing a PBL unit.
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    6 Degrees of information literacy: How faculty, students, and administration are linked to (Kevin Bacon) - wait, a librarian
    (2013-04-15) Huisman, Rhonda K.
    Librarians and library services can be critical in helping students make connections across campus, through their work with faculty assignments, providing reference services, or collecting subject or interdisciplinary materials. However, one of the most interesting ways students can engage with library-related services is by understanding and applying information literacy skills, not only to their research papers, but extending their critical thinking, evaluating, and application abilities to other situations. Information literacy permeates and can be mapped to not only curriculum in themed learning communities, but other academic units across the campus. Instead of library one-shot sessions which simply explain services, information literacy can be thought of as a real-life skill, connected in "6-Degrees" beyond the campus
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    We've wordled: Have you?
    (American Library Association, 2011) Huisman, Rhonda K.; Miller, Willie; Trinoskey, Jessica
    The article describes the use of the word-cloud generator, Wordle, by three subject librarians at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, in various aspects of library instruction and outreach.
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    Lifelong learning: Moving beyond the library degree?
    (American Library Association, 2011) Huisman, Rhonda K.
    Describes the decision to continue taking courses towards an advanced degree, as well as personal or professional factors in motivation for this decision.
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    College ready, college bound
    (2013-08-23) Huisman, Rhonda K.
    We convened a group of local and campus constituents as an advisory board, with representatives from IUPUI School of Education, Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana Department of Education, K-12 schools in Marion County, and IUPUI University library board members. We utilized their expertise and community connections to create successful and sustainable partnerships by focusing on: - Commitment to build upon the strengths and resources of the K-12 school librarians, teachers, administrators, and community members. - Commitment to addressing problems and focusing on positives, and promotion of a process that actively addresses social inequalities - Ongoing attention to involvement of all members across phases of the research, which meant active, inclusive, and numerous meetings and conversations with the school librarians, and many opportunities for feedback - Dissemination of findings and knowledge gained to all partners