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Information Literacy: Information Literacy Instruction

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Karen Niemla
222 Hammermill Library
501 E 38th St
Erie PA 16546
(814) 824-3871

Meet Karen Niemla

Hello Students!

Hi there, I'm Karen Niemla, the Reference and Research Librarian at the Hammermill Library. I conduct all and information literacy instruction at the library, and I answer reference questions about the library. If you need help finding resources for a class research project, navigating one of our databases, citing sources, or anything else, you can contact us librarians here or email me at We can even schedule a time to meet in person at my office.

Hello Faculty & Instructors!

Perhaps most of your students grew up with the Internet, but that doesn't mean that they have academic research skills. You don't have to teach that yourself, though: I would love to teach your students about the research process! How much I can cover and in what detail depends on how much class time we have, and I'll always work with you beforehand to make sure I can meet your needs. If your class can't meet with me in person, I can make online video tutorials or arrange a teleconference.


Topics I can cover include:

  • Using the Library
  • How to evaluate resources
  • How to find scholarly / Peer-Reviewed resources
  • Avoiding plagiarism
  • How to cite resources
  • Navigating particular databases
  • And more!

Email me at or our online request form to schedule a class. Also contact me if you have any questions about the library and our resources, and as with students, you may certainly contact me for help with your research.

Ridge Library

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If you're located at Mercyhurst North East, your library is the Ridge Library, and your librarian Karen Niemla. You may contact her for research help, library instruction, or other library needs at or by phone at 814-824-3871.

If you're not sure who to contact, use the general contact form.