David Gary

I am the Kaplanoff Librarian for American History and work in the Humanities Collections and Research Education department in Sterling Memorial Library. This means I am the subject specialist and liaison librarian for the American history, American Studies, and African American Studies departments. I provide general reference services to the Yale community in these areas, but my individual research interests revolve around the history of the book and print culture. The resources at Yale are vast and I am happy to help you navigate the library system, the many special collections around campus, and online databases. I have a variety of interests and I'm willing to help out any way that I can. Feel free to drop by my office in SML 226 or to send me an e-mail to set up an appointment to meet somewhere on campus.

How can I help you?

I will:

  • Keep you informed with periodic e-mail messages highlighting new resources and programs especially for students, as well as notices and timely reminders, such as extended Library hours during Reading Week and finals
  • Answer your questions about Library policies, procedures and services, such as RefWorks workshops and Borrow Direct
  • Assist with finding information for your research assignments, by helping you articulate your research question, identify the best sources and formulate your search strategy
  • Support you even when you’re not around (on vacation, or away from Yale doing research)
  • Help you when you don’t know where to start, or you can’t think of what to do next

Things I don’t do (but I’ll help you find out who can)

I won’t:

  • Set up your computer (i.e. NetIDs, VPN)
  • Do your research, make photocopies or write your paper for you (well, I won't find someone to write your paper - that part's up to you - but I can put you in touch with The Writing Center or a writing tutor)”