Ellen UrtonEllen Urton

Associate professor

Academic Services Librarian

(785) 532-7231

Email: erurton@k-state.edu


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Subject librarian for:

Architecture, Art, Community Development, Environmental Design Studies, Fashion Studies, Interior Design, Interior Architecture and Industrial Design, Landscape Architecture, Regional and Community Planning


About Ellen:

Ellen can meet individually with students to support their research at any stage of a project or assignment, including narrowing a research topic, locating high quality resources, seeking precedent, compiling a literature review, and citing images and other materials. Ellen also can assist faculty with a variety of information needs such as designing research assignments, integrating library resources into classes, providing customized library support to match course content, and supporting faculty research projects. She can visit your undergraduate or graduate class to teach information literacy and visual literacy skills like finding, using and evaluating trustworthy information, and navigating Creative Commons and Open Access resources for visual media.

Ellen works closely with a range of broad topics such as visual literacy skills, supporting the creative process, library assistance for service learning and community engagement and researching public domain or Open Access images and media. Ellen is the founder of the K-State Libraries Sustainability Matrix.


Research interest:

Embedded librarianship, sustainability and libraries, team-based librarianship, the creative process, visual communication and visual literacy


Fun fact:

Ellen serves on the board of the UFM Community Learning Center, which is one of her favorite places for creative exploration and community engagement. She is especially active with the Manhattan Nonviolence Initiative and a life-long student of peaceful communication.



Master of Library and Information Science, University of Missouri

Bachelor of Arts in Art History and History, Augustana College, Rock Island IL