Editor’s Note: In the lead-up to the 2018 ALA/ACRL election, we’re profiling the 2018 ACRL Board of Directors candidates. We’ll feature one candidate in slate order each weekday from March 2—9. Complete details on candidates for ACRL offices are available on the election website. Make sure to vote for the candidates of your choice starting March 12.
Rhonda K. Huisman is dean of the university library at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN and a 2018 candidate for the ACRL Board of Directors as Director-at-Large.
1. Describe yourself in three words: Determined, caring, and curious.
2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? I try to balance my “professional” reading with some fun (and not too serious) selections. I’m reading several books on organizational theory, management, team cultures, and the scholarship of teaching and learning: An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization by Kegan and Lahey, The Pivotal Role of Academic Librarians in Digital Learning by M. Mallon, and Building an Innovative Learning Organization: A Framework to Build a Smarter Workforce, Adapt to Change, and Drive Growth by R. Sarder. My fun titles are Turtles All The Way Down by John Green and Strange Weather by Joe Hill. When I travel, I listen to several podcasts but my favorites are A Way with Words and Accused.
3. Describe ACRL in three words: Collegial, responsive, and evolving.
4. Why do you value about ACRL? ACRL provides the needed strategic and professional support that academic libraries need to fulfill their own institutional goals, but also serves to broaden the scope and vision of the library profession through innovative programs and develop great staff and services, and of course, awesome conferences. I joined ACRL as a student member and have been impressed and grateful, as I have grown and changed as my career developed, there has always been a service, training, group, or committee that fit my needs, or make connections with others.
5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As a librarian support staff, faculty member, and now in administration, I know that every type of service and expertise is needed to engage our campus communities—students, staff, faculty, researchers, grant writers, technicians, and administrators all benefit from engaging with the library and resources. In my role, it’s crucial that I share ideas with all of our campus partners as well as our educational stakeholders on how the library can impact student success by leading innovative technologies, spaces, and research.
6. In your own words: We have a crucial role to play in educational systems, teaching and learning methods, advocacy and leadership, and innovative practices on our campuses. We do not simply support those that are part of our organizations and institutions, but we can lead through research, creation, and dissemination of essential information, systems, and tools that can influence and inform our users.