Peer Research Consultant

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
University Libraries
Knowledge Commons


The Penn State University Libraries seeks undergraduate students as research consultants in the newly created Search Bar. The Search Bar is a consultation center where students can receive peer-to-peer help in research/library resources, writing, and technology. Because learning does not happen in isolation, the Search Bar aims to connect students with resources and provide the space for overlap and collaboration between groups. Our research consultants will be able to help their peers: Choose a topic, narrow down a broad topic, and write a research question; find and evaluate different information sources; develop research skills; Navigate and use the Penn State Libraries’ website and resources; and make referrals to subject librarians and other specialized library departments with expertise that fit the student’s research needs. This nine-month position will require training at the start of this job, followed by continual training, either in assignments completed during a work shift, or at our regular (required) staff meetings. When not assisting students in research, Search Bar employees will be asked to complete self-guided learning opportunities and work on special projects. While the Search Bar will not be open in the summer, there are potential opportunities for work over the summer helping to develop training for future consultants or working on assessment of the space and services. Qualifications: We are seeking undergraduate students who have curious minds, enjoy working with their peers, have an interest in teaching and or research, and want to learn more about the role that the Penn State Libraries play in students’ research processes. Specifically, we are searching for students with: Strong communication skills, in person, in writing, on the phone, and online; The capability to think critically and on your feet while solving problems; The ability to work independently; and The ability to collaborate and relate with your peers during a research conversation and the ability work with other student employees providing services in the Search Bar.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088