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C&CS Presents: Centering Student Voices on Feb 20th, 2020 at 11am

January 27, 2020

Centering Student Voices: Conducting Library Research with an Undergraduate 


Hailley Fargo, Student Engagement Coordinator, Penn State University, University Park


Ally Mastrangelo, Undergraduate Research Assistant with Mapping the Student Engagement Journey, Penn State University, University Park

February 20th, 2020 at 11am EST

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Library research is often conducted around undergraduate students, but these students usually do not have a say in the research project design. If libraries can find ways to include undergraduates in their research projects, there is potential for not only student-centered research, but also an opportunity for the library to provide a meaningful undergraduate research experience. Additionally, both the student and library benefit from this collaboration. The student learns more about the field of LIS and refines their research skills while the library benefits by learning more about how our students can use their disciplinary background in our research setting. This presentation will present the process of hiring, training, and collaborating with an undergraduate student. Specifically, this presentation is an overview of Mapping the Student Engagement Journey, an exploratory, qualitative research project on student engagement experiences. The presenters will discuss how this research project benefits from the undergraduate student, who is both a collaborator and insider, helping to strengthen the project itself to gather results.

Hailley Fargo is the Student Engagement Coordinator at Penn State UniversityHailley Fargo, University Park campus. This role liaises with non-academic units, collaborates with colleagues to create an aligned approach to student engagement, and explores ways to enhance library student employment. Hailley’s research interests include the library’s role in student engagement, peer-to-peer services, information literacy, and undergraduate research. Hailley is also a co-founder of The Librarian Parlor (, a blog dedicated to building community around LIS research.  Check her out on Twitter @hailthefargoats.


Summit Picture .jpgAlly Mastrangelo is the Undergraduate Research Assistant with Mapping the Student Engagement Journey. She just graduated from Penn State in Fall 2019 with degrees in Labor and Employment Relations and Psychology and she plans to begin law school in Fall 2020. Ally is intrigued by this project because of her previous research experience and involvement in student engagement opportunities at Penn State. She is a Research Assistant with the Underrepresented Perspectives Lab in the Psychology Department and was involved in various student engagement opportunities as an undergraduate, including New Student Orientation, Penn State Alternative Breaks, and the Italian Honors Society.

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