Embedded Librarians

  • “Embedded librarianship focuses on the user and brings the library and the librarian to the user, wherever they are—office, laboratory, home, or even on their mobile device."

    –(Kesselman & Watstein, 2009, p.383)

    Changes in technology and the expectations and practices of students have necessitated a shift in the way librarians provide resources and services. Research shows librarians are more effective when they meet users in their natural environment, whether within college department buildings or online. “The goal is to become a part of the college’s/department’s culture.” (Heider, 2010, p.115)

    IUP Libraries established embedded librarians to respond to student and faculty demand for specialized help within the College of Education and Educational Technology and the Eberly College of Business. The embedded librarians maintain offices in their respective college buildings where they assist students and faculty during certain times Monday–Friday. (Please note: embedded librarian hours may change from time to time due to meetings and teaching commitments.) 

    College of Education and Educational Technology Embedded Librarian

    Kelly Heider

    Kelly Heider, IUP Libraries’ education librarian, serves as bibliographer to the following departments and programs: Adult and Community Education, Counseling, Developmental Studies, Educational and School Psychology, the Doctoral Program in School Psychology, Professional Studies in Education,the Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Instruction, the Doctoral Program in Administration and Leadership, Special Education, and Student Affairs in Higher Education.

    In addition to her collection development duties, Dr. Heider also provides instruction, reference service, web page development, and outreach to faculty and students in the College of Education and Educational Technology.  

    During the Spring 2015 semester, Heider will be available at her office in 106 Stouffer Hall on Mondays and Thursdays. She can also reached by e-mail at kheider@iup.edu, or by phone at 724-357-4886 (Stapleton Library) or 724-357-2045 (Stouffer). 

    Eberly College of Business Librarian in Residence

    Casey Sirochman

    Casey Sirochman will be available in the Eberly Atrium Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. You can also make an appointment to meet with her by e-mailing her at csiroch@iup.edu, or by calling her at 724-357-2636. 

    College of Humanities and Social Sciences Resident Librarian

    Theresa McDevitt

    Theresa McDevitt is the bibliographer for History, Women’s Studies, and Government Information. Since 1986, she has offered research-related consultation services to faculty and students in these and other disciplines. She teaches credit-bearing information literacy instruction classes and is available to lead or assist with information literacy instruction sessions and workshops (including workshops in EndNote and the use of Turnitin) in any discipline in the college.

    During the Spring 2015 semester, McDevitt will be available in 451 Sutton Hall on Mondays and Thursdays from 12:00–3:00 p.m. She can be reached by e-mail at mcdevitt@iup.edu or by phone at 724-357-4892 (Stapleton) or 724-357-5616 (Sutton).


    Kesselman, M., & Watstein, S. (2009). Creating opportunities: Embedded librarians. Journal of Library Administration, 49(4), 383-400.

    Heider, K.L. (2010). Ten tips for implementing a successful embedded librarian program. Public Services Quarterly, 6(2-3), 110-121