Yale College Personal Librarian Program

Laura Sider

Welcome to the Library!

Being a personal librarian is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding parts of my job. I love sitting down with my students to teach them how to navigate our tremendous collections at Yale University Library and showing them all of the services and resources we have to offer! Ask me anything and I'm more than happy to help you find what you need. If you'd like to set up a time to meet, just send me an email at Laura.Sider@yale.edu. We can work together in my office, located behind the circulation desk in the Bass Library, or we can go grab a cup of coffee (your choice!)

Here's what I can do for you:

  • Keep you informed with periodic e-mail messages highlighting new resources and programs specifically for students, as well as with 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 strategies
  • 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

Here's what I won't do:

  • Set up your computer (i.e. NetIDs, VPN)
  • Do your research, make photocopies or write your paper for you