Libraries hire consultant to assist research

Penn State University Libraries have recently hired Stefanie Austin to offer a statistical consulting service in 208 Paterno Library. A master’s candidate in statistics and operations research, Austin will consult with undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and research staff needing assistance with quantitative and qualitative research. She will advise patrons on research design, data collection, data manipulation and statistical analysis.

Austin’s fall semester office hours will be:
Monday:  6–8 p.m.
Tuesday:  10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Thursday: 2–6 p.m.
and by appointment. 

For an appointment, email

Statistical consulting is a key component of the Research Hub that has recently been implemented by the Libraries' Reference, Collections and Research Department. In addition to providing onsite service in Pattee and Paterno Libraries and delivering occasional introductory workshops on statistical methods, Austin can provide virtual assistance to Penn State faculty and students at Penn State campuses.

The Research Hub, located on the second floor of Paterno Library, provides consolidated high level reference and referral services for faculty and students in business, education, and the behavioral and social sciences. As always, librarians in all of the subject libraries also are available for individual research consultations.

For more information or if you have questions regarding physical access, contact Diane Zabel at 814-865-1013.

Last Updated September 17, 2013