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Thomas Reinsfelder


Reinsfelder is a librarian at Penn State Mont Alto. He is 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. Reinsfelder has also worked with local school librarians to help students become familiar with college-level assignments and the benefits of using an academic research library.


He maintains an interest in the role of the library in academic scholarly publishing and was involved in efforts leading to the adoption of an Open Access Policy for the University Libraries and an Open Access Resolution for the Faculty Senate of Penn State.





Reinsfelder currently serves as the coordinator of Penn State’s Ask a Librarian Service and is a co-editor of Pennsylvania Libraries: Research and Practice, a publication of the Pennsylvania Library Association.

Recent Publications

Reinsfelder, T.L. (2015). Donations as a source of income for open access journals: An option to consider? Journal of Electronic Publishing, 18(3). 

Reinsfelder, T.L. (2014). E-books and ethical dilemmas for the academic reference librarian. The Reference Librarian, 55(2), 151-162

Reinsfelder, T.L., & Barnett, J. (2014). Open access is not going away: We all need to keep up. Pennsylvania Library Association Bulletin, 69(1), 5-7.

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.

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 and bases of power. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 1(1):eP1029.

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 and 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