Next week, Credo’s InfoLit Community will welcome speakers from Penn State Libraries, who will talk about how they set up and now run their successful Search Bar, a student-run research service in its second year of operation. The Search Bar is a peer-to-peer space with writing tutors, tech tutors, and peer research consultants; staff attribute its success to students’ finding peers more approachable than librarians.
The webinar will feature Hailley Fargo, one of the architects of the initiative; Claire Salvati, its current supervisor; and some Peer Research Consultants (names will be announced on the day—they’re busy students!). Contributors will address the in and outs of running a peer research service and will spend considerable time on how to train students, a discussion that’s well worth your time as these students are well trained, including in how far they can go before they must get a librarian involved to help a student.
To prepare for the event, take a fresh look at ACRL’s Guidelines for University Library Services to Undergraduate Students, especially its sections on Service and on Reference Service. A combination of what you’re already doing, ACRL’s Guidelines, and the experiences and recommendations of the librarians and students will offer a standards- and experience-based way to update your research service and perhaps including some peer research assistants in it.
The webinar will take place in our Learning Community on November 15 at 2:00-3:00 pm Eastern time. To watch the recording, you’ll need to join our free InfoLit Learning Community. To join, scroll down and click on the “Register Now” button; click on “Webinars” to access the presentation by Penn State students and librarians.
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