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The University of Texas at Austin, May 2012

Master of Science in Information Studies

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, May 2009

Bachelor of Arts

Concentrations: Sociology with Distinction and Women’s Studies with Highest Honors


Social Work Virtual Academic Center Librarian, August 2013-Present

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Rank: Assistant University Librarian (promoted July 2015)

  • Engage online Master of Social Work students and faculty in one-on-one reference consultations, analog and digital learning materials, and in-class information literacy instruction.
  • Serve as liaison to School of Social Work by developing information literacy learning objectives and curriculum for their courses.
  • Collaborate with the School of Social Work Student Support department to train part-time writing tutors and design orientation and course-related materials.
  • Develop and maintain an outreach program to social work faculty, staff and students, which includes weekly “Library Tips” emails, orientation events, presentations at faculty meetings, and a presence in the learning management system.
  • Contribute to campus-wide information literacy initiatives by providing instruction for the Writing 150 program, participating in orientation events, and leading distance librarianship trainings and programs.
  • Seek out new technologies that could effectively support library services.
  • Support collection development in the areas of social work, criminology, and health care administration.

Reference & Instruction Librarian, June 2012-July 2013

Antioch University Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

  • Provided reference and instruction to students in face-to-face and online environments during orientations, consultations, and in-class instruction.
  • Collaborated with writing coaches to develop worksheets, guides, and workshops on research and writing concepts and strategies.
  • Created video tutorials and web-based guides on using and accessing library resources and citation management software and served as the Academic Technology trainer and liaison.


Research and Professional Applications – Project Management (LIM 591b),  Spring 2014-Present

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Marshall School of Business, Master of Management in Library Science program

Scholarly Storytelling and Academic Research (ENG 213), Spring 2012

Antioch University Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Liberal Studies program, English department


Virtual Reference (Ask a Librarian) Intern, June 2011-June 2012

University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

  • Provided library reference services to students, faculty, and staff electronically via Meebo and Question Point chat and email service, and in-person at the reference services desk.
  • Responded to faculty and staff requests by preparing research guides and tutorials on the use of electronic resources and emerging technologies.

Mobile Technology (Connected Youth) Intern, March 2011-May 2012

Austin Public Library, Austin, TX

  • Developed technology and information literacy instruction for at-risk, demographically diverse youth through innovative programming and the use of emerging technologies.
  • Assisted youth and parents in identifying and locating appropriate books, articles, and online resources for school assignments and leisure reading.
  • Supervised high school interns selected for AustinCorps, a city government awareness program, to create an informative video about the role of the library in the community for use in outreach programming.


Education Coordinator, June 2008-July 2010

Ozone House Youth and Family Services, Ann Arbor, MI

  • Created and facilitated interactive daily instruction workshops to at-risk teenage clients that include topics such as sexual and reproductive health, diet and nutrition, and effective homework strategies.
  • Served as liaison between youth, school personnel, and agency staff.
  • Performed outreach services to local schools, public health organizations, and local clubs.


Institute of Research Design in Librarianship, June 2014

Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA

Selected to participate in a competitive, two-week institute on research design, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis methods, and publication strategies.


Peer-reviewed articles

Halpern, R. (forthcoming, 2016). Active learning works! Until it doesn’t: Measuring the effectiveness of activity-based learning  exercises on information anxiety. Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning.

Halpern, R., Eaker, C., Jackson, J. & Bouqin, D. (2015). #DitchTheSurvey: Expanding methodological diversity in LIS research. In the Library with the Lead Pipe. Retrieved from http://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2015/ditchthesurvey-expanding-methodological-diversity-in-lis-research/

Halpern, R. & Tucker, C. (2015). Leveraging adult learning theories with online tutorials. Reference Services Review, 43(1).

Chapters in edited books, refereed

Gardner, C.C. & Halpern, R. (forthcoming, 2016). At odds with assessment: Being a critical educator within the academy. In Pagowsky, N. and McElroy, K. (Eds.) Critical librarianship handbook. Chicago: ACRL Press.

Halpern, R. & Lepore, L. (2015). Scholarly storytelling: Using stories as a roadmap to authentic and creative library research. In Swanson, T. and Jagman, H. (Eds.) Not just where to click: Teaching students how to think about information. Chicago: ALA Press.


National and state conferences, refereed

Halpern, R. (forthcoming, 2016, April). Active learning works! Until it doesn’t: Measuring the effectiveness of activity-based learning exercises on information anxiety. Distance Library Services Conference: Pittsburgh, PA.

Gardner, C. C. & Halpern, R. (2016, February 25). At Odds with assessment: Being a critical educator within the academy, a roundtable discussion. Critical Librarianship and Pedagogy Symposium: Tucson, AZ.

Halpern, R. & Vicedo, M. (2015, April). Transforming learners into evidence seekers: Adult learning theory and asynchronous tutorials. Social Work Distance Education Conference: Indianapolis, IN.

Winn, J. & Halpern, R. (2014, November). See the change: Active learning artifacts for library instruction assessment. California Library Association Annual Conference: Oakland, CA.

 Halpern, R. & Tucker, C. (2014, July). Leveraging adult learning theories for online learning modules. Library Instruction West Conference: Portland, OR.

Pho, A., Halpern, R., Lawton, T., & Silva, T. (2012, June). Conversation starters: Hacking library school. American Library Association Annual Conference: Anaheim, CA.

Halpern, R. & Reed, M. (2012, April). 1001 great ideas: Beyond the book sale [poster session]. Texas Library Association Annual Conference: Houston, TX.

USC Libraries, invited

Halpern, R. (2014, October). Ditch the survey: An overview of the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship. USC Libraries’ Professional Development Committee Brownbag Series: Los Angeles, CA.

Halpern, R. & Tucker, C. (2014, August). Distance library services best practices. USC Libraries’ Bootcamp Series: Los Angeles, CA.

Halpern, R. (2014, January). Social work reference refresher. USC Libraries’ Bootcamp Series: Los Angeles, CA.

Vicedo, M. & Halpern, R. (2013, December). Screencasting tools. USC Libraries’ Bootcamp Series: Los Angeles, CA.


Scholarly Communications Roadshow. USC Libraries’ Dean’s Challenge Grant, co-awarded with Melanee Vicedo (2015): $,2000.

Information Literacy Digital Toolkit. USC Libraries Dean’s Challenge Grant, co-awarded with Chimene Tucker. (2012): $2,000.

Texas Library Association’s Garret Student Scholarship. (2011): $500.


USC Libraries’ Faculty Council, member-at-large, July 2014-Present

School of Social Work Diversity Committee, member, September 2013-Present

Distance Librarians Peer Group, Chair, November 2013-Present


Association of College and Research Libraries

  • Education and Behavioral Sciences Section, member, 2014-present
  • Distance Library Services section, member, 2013-present
    • Bibliographic Committee, member, 2014-2016
  • Information Literacy Instruction section, member, 2013-present
  • ACRLog First Year Academic Librarian Experience blogger, 2012 academic year

Librarian Wardrobe Blog

Editor and blog manager, 2013-2016

Hack Library School Blog

Community Manager and Contributing Writer, 2011-2012



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