Karen Spicher

Welcome to the Yale University Library!

I’m looking forward to helping you get to know the library resources and services available to you.  As an archivist at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, I write descriptions of historical and literary manuscripts that facilitate research by students, faculty, and scholars at Yale and worldwide.  I can assist you in accessing the Library’s books, manuscripts, e-resources, and other holdings, and if I don’t know the answer to a question, I’ll find someone who can help.  You can contact me by phone or email, or we can arrange a time to meet 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 questionsd 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, we won't find someone to write your paper - that part's up to you - but we can put you in touch with The Writing Center or a writing tutor)