Research, Instruction, And Archives Specialist

Salve Regina University Newport , RI 02840

Posted 5 months ago

About Salve Regina University:

Salve Regina University, ranked among the best institutions of higher education in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, is a comprehensive Catholic University located in scenic Newport, Rhode Island. Salve Regina offers challenging academic programs in a highly supportive environment and an innovative core curriculum that provides students with a solid foundation and broader perspective. The historic, 75-acre campus enrolls approximately 2,500 men and women and offers Associate, Baccalaureate, and Master's degrees, the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, and two doctoral programs.

Job Description:


Provides research assistance to library users, support to librarians, information literacy instruction sessions as necessary, and management of the research & instruction department during hours when librarians are not available. Provide access to Archives & Special Collections holdings. Assist the Archivist in the operations of the University Archives and Special Collections. The Research, Instruction, and Archives Specialist works a total of 32 hours/week: 20 hours/week reporting to the Associate Director of Public Services and 12 hours/week reporting to the University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian.


  • Provide research services through in-person, phone, text message, chat and email services; accurately and quickly providing appropriate information to patrons.

  • Weekly coverage of circulation functions.

  • Provide accurate and timely administrative support to the librarians.

  • Maintain the reference collection, shelving and shifting books and keeping reference stacks in order.

  • Provide basic troubleshooting of equipment such as copiers, microfilm readers, printers, scanners; assisting library users with MS Office suite and other software packages.

  • Attend department and library staff meetings.

  • Create LibGuides, tutorials, and on-the-fly instructional videos.

  • Create inventories for archival collections, especially media.

  • Accession and processing of university records, manuscript collections, media, and donations.

  • Digitize and create metadata for photographs and other media.


  • According to candidate experience and interest, may also assist in planning and mounting displays, materials selection, and research instruction.

  • Work Schedule: September through May, evenings until 9 pm


  • Previous knowledge of and experience working with library reference materials, including print and electronic resources and/or completion of an LIS course in reference services.

  • Prior experience working with archives, and/or completion of foundational coursework in archives.

  • Knowledge of online and print information resources.

  • Positive team player who is prompt, accountable and reliable.

  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, and focus on high touch customer service.

  • Detail oriented, excellent organizational and communication skills, and comfort learning and using emerging technologies.

  • Bachelor's degree.

  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.

  • Demonstrated excellence working in a highly service-oriented environment.

  • Demonstrated strong "people skills" such as an energetic, positive, friendly, and approachable demeanor.

  • The ability to balance contributions to departmental activities with self-directed and self-motivated tasks.

  • Commitment to enhancing departmental and organizational effectiveness within a collegial, team-based work environment.

Additional Information:

Salve Regina University offers generous benefits to eligible employees including:

  • health and dental coverage
  • life insurance
  • long-term disability
  • 403B plan
  • tuition benefits and more

Salve Regina University strives to provide equal opportunity in employment and education to all employees, students and applicants. No employee, student or applicant shall be discriminated against or harassed on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, age, marital or parental status, military or veteran status, genetic information or any other basis protected by applicable federal or state law, in the administration of Salve Regina's employment policies, education policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other University administered programs. In accordance with Title IX, it does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any of its educational programs or activities. Salve Regina is also committed to making its programs and campus accessible to its visitors and compliant will all applicable non-discrimination laws.

Application Instructions:

Applicants must apply online for any open staff and faculty positions by providing a cover-letter and resume. Pre-employment background checks and reference checks are required of successful candidates. Salve Regina University participates in E-verify.


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Research, Instruction, And Archives Specialist

Salve Regina University