Ryan L. Sittler

Assistant Professor and Instructional Technology/Information Literacy Librarian

Department of Library Services


Ryan Sittler provides leadership, coordination and assessment for the library information literacy program at PennWest California. He also acts as a technical resource for issues involving library instruction and instructional technology/design. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Library Services and the instructional technology/information literacy librarian at PennWest California. He is also an adjunct faculty member for Clarion University of Pennsylvania's Department of Library Science. He is a doctoral candidate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he is working toward a Ph.D. in communications media and instructional technology.

Sittler's expertise is in pedagogy, instructional design, information literacy and the application of technology in instructional situations.


Ryan Sittler provides course-specific literacy assistance. This varies by semester.


Ryan Sittler has co-edited, with Dr. Doug Cook, two books for the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) on library pedagogy: "Practical Pedagogy for Library Instructors: 17 Innovative Strategies to Improve Student Learning I" (2008) and "The Library Instruction Cookbook" (2009).He is also one of the lead designers for A Planet in Peril: Plagiarism, a web-based educational game that won the 2010 Caspian Learning Serious Games Challenge.

Research Interests

Sittler is interested in information literacy (teaching people how to find and evaluate information), games and simulations for learning, instructional design/instructional technology and media literacy.

  • B.S.: Education, Kutztown University
  • M.S.: Library Science, ALA Accredited, Clarion University
  • M.S.: Instructional Technology, Bloomsburg University
  • Ph.D.: Communications Media and Instructional Technology, in progress, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Email: sittler@pennwest.edu

Phone: 724-938-4923

Office: Manderino Library