Research Assistant Liaison Service and Training
Montague Law Library

The Montague Law Library provides a Research Assistant Liaison Service to all new faculty research assistants. This service provides the guidance of a professional law librarian, who will advise faculty research assistants on the completion of assigned research tasks.  The library will hold an introductory session where the research assistants will meet with their assigned Librarian Liaison, and schedule follow-up meetings to discuss the progress of their research.  Additional meetings will be scheduled based on need.

Benefits of the Research Assistant Liaison Service:

  • One-on-one research advice
  • Advanced research training that builds on prior instruction
  • Training tailored to your specific research project(s)
  • Professional advice to maximize project efficiency

Initial Training Session 

Fall/Spring: Upon request, librarians meet with referred research assistants to introduce them to relevant online databases, library services, and library policies that will facilitate their performance.  At this time, a Librarian Liaison will be assigned to each research assistant for collaboration and research advice throughout the semester.  Interested faculty should contact one of the Law Librarians listed below.

Summer: Librarians will introduce research assistants to a myriad of online databases, library services, and library policies. At this introductory session, each research assistant will meet their assigned Librarian Liaison.  Sessions are usually scheduled for early June.

Library Proxy Service for Faculty Research Assistants 

This service allows faculty to authorize their research assistant to check out or place holds on library materials held by any Penn State Library directly to the faculty member’s library account.

If you would like to authorize your research assistant to be your “proxy," the form to do so is available online. Please remember that both the faculty member and the research assistant must sign the authorization form.

To Register for the Research Assistant Liaison Service, Contact:

Laura Ax-Fultz, Associate Law Librarian and Assistant Director, Law Library — 717-241-3541