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Apply to become a RIA!

Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year are closed. Limited positions are available for fall 2018; check back in mid-spring for application details.

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 for a position for the 2017-2018 academic year, 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 serve as a reference for you; they will be contacted after an in-person interview. Supplementary materials should be sent to Sarah Elichko (


The RIA program has four different dimensions:

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.
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!)
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.
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, Sarah Elichko ( You can also read more information about the program here.