Yale College Personal Librarian Program

Michael Brenes

Welcome to the Yale Library!

I am the Senior Archivist for American Diplomacy. I am responsible for Yale's collections in American diplomacy within Manuscripts and Archives. I am both an archivist and a historian, specializing in the political and international history of the Cold War. Before coming to Yale, I taught American and international history at Hunter College, City University of New York and Seton Hall University.

Given my background as an educator, I am excited and eager to work with students and faculty. I would be happy to provide you with information about the Yale Library's holdings as well as digital collections and web resources relevant to your research. Please email me to set up an appointment to discuss your papers and projects. I look forward to working with you.

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, 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)