Peer Research Consultant

Penn State University

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


The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seeks undergraduate students as Peer Research Consultants in the 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 fits the student’s research needs. This nine-month (fall and spring semesters) position will require training at the start of this appointment, followed by continual training, either in assignments completed during a work shift, or at 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. We are seeking undergraduate students who have curious minds, enjoy working with their peers, have an interest in teaching and or research, and desire to learn more about the Penn State Libraries role in students’ research. Specifically, we are searching for students with: strong communication and customer service 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; the ability to collaborate and relate with your peers during a research conversation; and the ability to collaborate with other student employees providing services in the Search Bar. A resume and cover letter are required in order to be considered for this position. Additionally, please include your typical weekly availability/class schedules in your cover letter document. Training may begin during the fall 2019 semester, but regularly scheduled shifts will be assigned starting in the spring 2020 semester.

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