Peer Research Mentors

The Reference & Instruction Department of Musselman Library invites Gettysburg College students to submit applications to become a Peer Research Mentor for the 2014-15 academic year. A Peer Research Mentor is a student who works alongside librarians to support students engaged in research, while also improving one’s own research skills. This position is open to four rising sophomores and two rising juniors in any major. The Peer Research Mentor team intentionally includes students representing a range of class levels (first-year student mentors will join in Spring 2015). While the appointment is for an academic year, there is potential for continuation. If you love information and helping people find exactly what they need, this could be the position for you!

Peer Research Mentors will engage in three main areas:

  1. Training. Mentors will participate in a concentrated series of training sessions in August during the week before classes begin, as well as ongoing training throughout the year (about 1 hour per week). Training topics include basic customer service principles, navigating our online and print library collection, understanding today’s information environment, search strategies, evaluating information, the inner workings of the library (from cataloging to interlibrary loan), current library issues, and other topics of interest to the mentors.

  2. Reference service. Mentors will work at the library’s main reference desk 2-4 hours per week, partnered with another peer mentor and/or professional librarian. In addition, qualified mentors may meet with students during scheduled research appointments.

  3. Outreach. Mentors will design and implement an outreach program each semester. Each mentor will consult with a supervising librarian in order to customize a project that reflects the mentor’s interest and skills. For example, a mentor might create a web research guide that supports a class assignment, meet with students completing a particular assignment, or promote reference services in other ways. This component is flexible and should support the mentor’s academic interests.


  • Desire to learn, improve, and master research skills in more than one academic subject area
  • Interest or background in education, mentoring and/or tutoring
  • Strong communication and organizational skills

Peer Research Mentors will be part of a learning community supported by each other as well as Fortenbaugh Interns, the Holley Intern, and librarians. Peer Research Mentors will mentor other students while becoming more successful researchers themselves.

Peer Research Mentors will work 6-8 hours per week while classes are in session, in addition to about 15 hours of paid training during the last week of summer. The pay rate is $8.50 per hour.

To apply, submit a letter indicating your interest in the position, your education and/or career goals, any relevant courses, and the names and contact information for 2-3 references (references should be faculty members who can tell us about you and your work in the classroom, and/or your supervisor in a campus job or other relevant job). Please be specific about why you would like to be one of our very first Peer Research Mentors. Application materials must be received by Sunday, April 6, 2014 to be considered. Send application materials to Stephanie Bowen, Holley Intern, via email to

Have questions? We'd love to chat with you! Drop by the office (room 102, main floor, Musselman Library) or email Stephanie at