Rhonda Altonen

Rhonda AltonenLibrary Director,
Lecturer in Computer Science

Rhonda Altonen completed her MLS in 2007 from Emporia State University (ESU), and a second Master's in Instructional Design & Technology in December 2012. Most recently, Rhonda was the Emerging Technologies and Education Librarian at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Library in Aurora, CO until she and her husband moved back to New York in August 2011.

With more that 20 years experience in libraries Rhonda has done it all, circulation, acquisitions, reference, teaching, and cataloging. After completing her MLS Rhonda taught graduate courses in the SLIM program for ESU. Since returning to New York Rhonda has been an adjunct at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh and has taught courses in a multitude of formats including traditional (face-to-face), web-enhanced, blended, and on-line. Her concentration and passion has been in educational and library technologies. A self-professed Geek/Nerd, Rhonda loves gadgets and can usually be found with her iPhone and iPad, testing and trying new apps.

Rhonda's philosophy of librarianship and instructional design is that there will never be a “one size fits all approach”. Different models and theories work at different times. "I think that it is more important to remember to include the process as a cycle than to lock yourself into using one model. As a librarian and instructional designer it is important to ask what you want to accomplish by the end of the learning experience or by the end of the course, and that becomes the goal."