January 19, 2022

A Visit to “The Search Bar” Inside Penn State’s Pattee Library

From Penn St. University Libraries:

Students seeking assistance with writing, technology or research services for class assignments or papers now have a one-stop option for services at Pattee Library.

The Search Bar, a drop-in collaborative support center staffed entirely by technology tutors, writing tutors and peer research consultants, offers both valuable expertise to students working on projects and writing assignments, and educational learning opportunities for staff.


Students from all three units are trained to provide technology, writing and library research consultation services to assist their peers toward academic success by helping students conduct and use library research and information sources, help students express themselves clearly in the writing process, and provide help with course assignments requiring technology.


“Peer-to-peer services facilitate meetings between people who are learning and doing different things in the world, who may not have had any reason to communicate otherwise,” said [Karen-Elizabeth] Moroski, [co-curricular program coordinator for writing and language communities at Penn State Learning.] “Not to mention that students are far more likely to be honest and clear about their needs to a peer when asking for help.”

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.