Apply to become a RIA!

Intellectually curious? Got a passion for information?
Love the library’s resources and want to help others learn how to use them?
Consider becoming a Research & Information Associate (RIA) at McCabe Library!

To apply, complete the application below. There are two longer answers required, and you may wish to include supplementary materials (résumé and/or research paper with bibliography) to strengthen your application. You will also need to ask a professor or former work supervisor to write a letter of recommendation for you. We are looking for a brief (no more than one page) but substantive description of your work as a student or employee and why they feel you would make a good RIA. Recommendation letters and supplementary materials should be sent to Sara Powell (spowell1@swarthmore.edu) by November 18, 2016.

Complete the application form below (or go directly to the form here):

Positions are available for spring 2017.  The application deadline is November 18, 2016.

 

The RIA program has four different dimensions:

TRAINING
Don’t worry­--­we won’t just leave you adrift in a sea of books and databases at the reference desk! Pam, Sara, and Sarah conduct two to three specialized training sessions per semester and are available as needed for any one­-on-­one training.
RESEARCH & INFORMATION DESK SERVICE 
Typically, RIAs serve one three-hour R&I desk shift per week. While on desk, RIAs field reference questions, answer any general information questions patrons may have, and complete special projects (more on that below!)
CAMPUS OUTREACH
A major component of the RIA program has been its growth beyond the physical confines of McCabe out into the Swarthmore community. Past and current RIAs have assisted with SAM study breaks, WA thesis write­ ins, and new student orientation.
SPECIAL PROJECTS as assigned
Previous projects have included assisting with collection development, social media, library instruction and serving in a library advisory capacity. 

If you have any questions, please contact the RIA coordinator, Sara Powell (spowell1@swarthmore.edu). You can also read more information about the program here.