Hi! Welcome to Yale! I'm Tara, your Personal Librarian!
Think of the Yale Library as Google before the Internet: We've got information. A LOT of information: 14 million volumes of information on top of thousands of digital resources right at your fingertips. The trick is to learn how to navigate all of it to get to what you want and need.
I can help you do that.
Consider this: you have access to collections that others only can dream about (including special collections).
Just a sample:
- The Papers of Michael Bennett, the creator of the hit musical A Chorus Line
- Shakespeare's First Folio
- The Kent State Collection, documenting the shooting of Kent State students by the Ohio National Guard on May 4, 1970
- The notebooks of Anton Chekhov, printed by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at their personal press, Hogarth Press (you can actually check out this copy!)
How can I help you?
I can and 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 Library-sponsored workshops and Borrow Direct
- Assist with finding information for your research assignments
- Help 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 someone who can!)
- Set up your computer (i.e. NetIDs, VPN)
- Do your research, make photocopies, or write your paper for you (but we can put you in touch with The Writing Center or a writing tutor)