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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.

College of Education and Educational Technology Embedded Librarian

Kelly Heider

Dr. 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, Doctoral Program in School Psychology, Professional Studies in Education, Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Instruction, 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.

Dr. Heider will be on sabbatical during the Fall 2014 semester.

Eberly College of Business Librarian in Residence

Blaine Knupp

For over 20 years, Knupp has collected materials for and provided research assistance to the Eberly College of Business. In Fall 2012, the College of Business welcomed Knupp into the Eberly building to increase outreach to faculty and students.

During the Fall 2014 semester, Knupp will be available in Eberly 202 on Tuesdays from 2:00–5:30 p.m., and on Fridays from 9:00 a.m.–noon, in addition to his regularly scheduled hours in Stapleton 102b. Knupp can be reached by e-mail at Blaine.Knupp@iup.eduor by phone at 724-357-2338 (Stapleton).

College of Humanities and Social Sciences Resident Librarian

Theresa McDevitt

Dr. 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 Fall 2014 semester, McDevitt will be available in 451 Sutton Hall on Mondays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m, in addition to her regularly scheduled hours in Stapleton 110. She can be reached by e-mail at 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

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