Knupp, Eberly’s Librarian-in-Residence, Supports Student Research

Posted on 11/11/2014 3:11:26 PM

Blaine Knupp, Eberly's librarian-in-residence, helps a studentFor the past three years, Blaine Knupp has been the librarian-in-residence for the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology.

Knupp provides students with knowledge on how to select a database, how to translate the information, and how to format. He also does presentations about search and research strategies in the college.

“I want to be available to connect students to resources,” said Knupp, “and to help them develop a way of finding good information about their topic.”

Knupp urges business students to go to the library website and utilize the business resources. It includes company and industry information, legal resources, reference materials, and more.

“We aren’t tied to the brick and mortar of the library now,” said Knupp. “Just about everything is available online.”

IUP Libraries established librarians-in-residence, or embedded librarians, in order to respond to student and faculty demand for specialized help within the colleges. The librarians-in-residence maintain offices in their respective college buildings where they assist students and faculty with research and resources.

Knupp is available Tuesdays from 2:00 to 5:30 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to noon. He has scheduled office hours in Stapleton 102b, and can be contacted by e-mail at or by phone at 724-357-2338 (Stapleton).

Knupp, who obtained his MBA from Eberly College in 1992, will retire in January 2015 after 35 years of service. He will be replaced by Portia Diaz, who also has a background in business.

For over 20 years, Knupp has been the bibliographer for the Eberly College, where he has collected materials and provided research assistance for the college. He also provides input regarding what the Eberly College library budget should be spent on.

—Casey Lemmons

Eberly College of Business and Information Technology