Kayla M. Van Osten

Kayla M. Van Osten, MLIS

  • Affiliate Librarian; Assistant Archivist; Liaison to Social Sciences, Undergraduate/Graduate Psychology & Education
  • Assistant Archivist
  • Affiliate Librarian
Media Expertise:
  • Library Science


  • MS Library and Information Science (2015)
    Drexel University (PA)

  • BA English & Communications (2012)
    Albright College (PA)

About Me

I serve as the liaison librarian to the Social Sciences, Education and Undergraduate Psychology departments. As a research and instruction librarian, I am committed to meeting students' research needs and helping them with the research process. I also serve as the Assistant Archivist, where I am dedicated to collecting, preserving and digitizing the university's archival materials to preserve it's rich history. Additionally, I serve as the designated representative for ICPSR.

Liaison Departments

  • Social Sciences
  • Education
  • Undergraduate & Graduate Psychology


Borin, J. M., Galloway-Wright, B., Evers, V., & Van Osten, K. M. (2021). Uncovering marginalized voices: Stories of DEI from the archives. Proceeding of the Tri-State College Library Cooperative. https://rdw.rowan.edu/tclc_proceedings/2021/ 

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Library Association (ALA), Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)

In the Media


  • Faculty Publishes in Pennsylvania Library Association's College and Research Division blog

    Kayla Van Osten, affiliate librarian and assistant archivist, published an article in the Pennsylvania Library Association's College and Research Division blog. In the post, Van Osten explored her role as an instruction librarian and examined "How does an instruction librarian without any instruction training teach an engaging information literacy lesson?" The article explains the inspiration behind the Mystery at the Library freshmen orientation event from August 2019 and how she used this to create a digital scavenger hunt in Canvas that will hopefully be used in future instructional classes.  

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  • Library Faculty Presents Findings at Library Association Conference

    Kayla Van Osten, affiliate librarian and assistant archivist, presented a poster entitled “Solving the Mystery: The Quest for an Interactive First Year Orientation” at the Pennsylvania Library Association's annual conference. Her presentation focused on the library's initiative to create a dynamic and active orientation for first year students which included an interactive mystery event introducing students to library services, resources, and staff.

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