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Services at IUP Libraries: Assistance with Assignments

Learn about the departments and services available at the IUP Libraries that are available to students, faculty, staff, community members, and academic researchers.

Reference Services

Need help with finding or citing information sources to support your research and study? If so, the Reference Services Department is here to help you! Our main reference desk is staffed by highly trained information specialists/librarians who can help you locate factual answers to common questions, offer instruction on the use of library information resources and materials, help you cite or determine the authority and reliability of Internet sources, and help you navigate your way through the wealth of information resources available through IUP Libraries and the greater Internet. IUP’s reference librarians are experts in the use of both traditional information sources and modern electronic resources and are dedicated to helping IUP’s students, faculty, and staff.

Librarian helping Crimson Hawk mascot at reference desk.Librarian/information specialists can be contacted in a variety of ways:Visit the Reference Desk, located on the first floor of Stapleton Library. It is staffed during most of the hours the Library is open and welcomes walk-in questions.

Call us! 724-357-3006 or 1-866-836-8815.

E-mail reference. You can use our LibAnswers reference service to send us question and get an answer within twenty-four hours.

Bring your assignment. Need in-depth help with your research paper or other class assignment that requires using the library and its resources? Make an appointment with one of the IUP librarians!

Bring your Assignment to the Library

Need help with your research paper? Do you have an assignment that requires using the library and its resources? Make an appointment with one of the IUP Librarians!

Who are we?

We are highly trained information specialists who understand both traditional library research methods, materials, and the most current means of accessing electronic information.

As reference librarians we can provide answers to short factual questions, help you begin your research or help you choose appropriate databases and search tools at the Reference Desk. However, if you feel your research question requires individual attention, make an appointment and bring your assignment to us.

How to Make an Appointment

Below are reference librarians you can make individual appointments with. Any of them can help you with a research paper. However, if you have a topic that is specific to a discipline, these reference librarians are also bibliographers for certain disciplines; therefore, they provide Collection Development for the particular disciplines listed below their names.

Please feel free to call or e-mail them to set up your individual research appointment.

Name Academic Area(s) Office Phone E-mail
Chris Clouser Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Geoscience, Math, Physics 206 Stabley 724-357-5697


Carol Connell


English, Criminology, Health and Physical Education, Journalism, Theater Doctoral Programs in English TESOL and Literary Criticism


104 Stapleton



Portia Diaz

Comm Media, Pan African Studies, Punxsutawney First-Year Experience, Culinary Arts, Technology Support and Training, Doctoral Program in Comm Media


105 Stapleton 

133 Living Learning Center, Punxsutawney



Susan Drummond

     Anthropology, Sociology

109 Stapleton


Kelly Heider

Professional Studies, Educational Psychology, Adult and Community Education, Counseling, Special Education, Student Affairs in Higher Education, Developmental Studies, Children’s Books, and Text Books Doctoral Programs in Admin/Leadership, Professional Studies, and Educational and School Psychology

201 Stabley

133 Stouffer



Sandy Janicki

Food and Nutrition, Hospitality Management, Human Development and Environment Studies, Nursing, Safety Sciences

106 Stapleton


Joann Janosko

Philosophy, Political Science 

G6B Stapleton


Blaine Knupp

Accounting, Finance and Legal Economics Management, Marketing, MIS and Decision Sciences

107 Stapleton


Jin Pang

Foreign Languages, Latin American Studies 

G6-B Stapleton 


Harrison Wick

French, Geography and Regional Planning, German, Employment and Labor Relations, Pennsylvania Collection, Special Collection

Archive and Special Collection



Writing Center Site in the Library

The Writing Center - Library Satellite

Library SatelliteThe Writing Center’s Library Satellite is available on the first floor of Stapleton Library behind the reference desk. Head toward the back wall of the library and look for the Writing Center signs near the green booths.

Two trained Writing Center peer tutors are available in these booths Monday through Thursday 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. and Sunday 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Tutors at this location have access to laptops with Internet access and can help students with electronic or hard copies of their work just like the Writing Center in Eicher Hall. Students who wish to use a computer or printer can do this elsewhere in the library or bring a laptop.

No appointments are needed to visit the Writing Center’s Library Satellite; you can just walk in. At your request, your tutor will let your professor know that you visited the Writing Center.

Information Commons Support Desk

Able to assist Students, Faculty, and Staff with:

Software support

Wireless configurations


Basic virus questions and support

Multimedia applications  








Services Not Available at the IUP Libraries Location:

Any hardware repair

No personal PC support for faculty or staff

No installation of operating systems



Monday–Thursday: 8:00 a.m.–12:45 a.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (student support only)
Sunday: 1:00 p.m.–12:45 a.m.