Yale College Personal Librarian Program

Rebecca Hirsch

What is the Personal Librarian Program?

How can I help you?

In addition to being your Personal Librarian, I am the head of the Digital Services Unit at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.  I specialize in the digitization of special collections materials, and have a graduate degree in history.  Before working at the Beinecke, I worked at Manuscripts & Archives, so I can help you navigate the many different special collections repositories on campus, as well as services like Scan & Deliver and Borrow Direct.  I can help you find what you're looking for, or help you figure out who can. 

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


I won't:

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