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Thomas Reinsfelder

Reinsfelder is a librarian at Penn State Mont Alto. He maintains an interest in the role of the library in academic scholarly publishing and is also heavily involved in the teaching of information literacy -- defined as identifying a need for information, searching a variety of appropriate sources, evaluating what is found, and then using that new knowledge to develop a unique opinion or conclusion about a specific question. He says the library has the opportunity to show students that with the right tools and techniques, it is possible to find answers to just about any question. Reinsfelder has recently been able to work together with local school librarians to help students become more familiar with college level assignments and the benefits of using an academic research library.

Most Recent Publications

Reinsfelder, T.L., & Anderson, J.A. (2013). Observations and perceptions of academic administrator influence on open access initiatives. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 39(6), 481-487, doi:10.1016/j.acalib.2013.08.014

Reinsfelder, T.L. & Thompson, J. (2013). Dual-Enrollment students: The library connection can start here. In Kenneth Burhanna (Ed.), Informed transitions: Libraries supporting the high school to college transition. Libraries Unlimited / ABC-CLIO.

Reinsfelder, T.L. (2012). Open access publishing practices in a complex environment: Conditions, barriers & bases of power. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 1(1):eP1029. doi:10.7710/2162-3309.1029

Reinsfelder, T. (2012). Citation Analysis as a Tool to Measure the Impact of Individual Research Consultations. College & Research Libraries. 73(3), 263-277.


Ph.D. in Administration & Leadership Studies, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
M.S.L.S. in Library Science, Clarion University, Clarion, Pennsylvania.
B.S. in Criminal Justice, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.


E-mail: tlr15@psu.edu
Phone: 717-749-6041
Fax: 717-749-6059
Office: Library