The Research & Instruction Department supports all levels of inquiry, research, and instruction through our commitment to excellent service and staff expertise. Research & Instruction Librarians are available to facilitate your research and guide you in finding and using the most relevant print and digital sources. Schedule an individual appointment in advance to ensure uninterrupted time with a librarian. Librarians also teach research classes.
Consult a RISD Librarian
Contact one of our Research & Instruction Librarians for research help. Or stop by the Research Help Desk and ask the student assistant to call the Librarian on duty. Librarians are on call every day of the week.
Marc CalhounResearch/Catalog Librarianmcalhoun@risd.edu | 401 709-5941
Emily CoxeResearch & Instruction Librarianecoxe@risd.edu | 401 709-5908
Erin PerfectResearch & Instruction Librarianeperfect@risd.edu | 401 709-5943
Ellen Petraits (On Sabbatical 2019/20)Research & Instruction Librarianepetrait@risd.edu | 401 709-5905
Coordinator of Graduate Library Instruction
Working with a Librarian
An Art Librarian can:
- Listen as you discuss your class assignment, studio projects, and research needs
- Translate your art & design ideas into effective ways to think about, search for, and locate information
- Bridge any gaps between your subject domain and the library domain
- Offer ways to think critically about the information you encounter