Yale College Personal Librarian Program

Stephanie Bredbenner

Hello from your Personal Librarian!

I'm looking forward to helping you navigate Yale University Library and all of its resources and tools.  I work as an archivist at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, where I write descriptions of Western Americana manuscript materials and help researchers from around the world access and understand a wide variety of extraordinary primary source materials.  I can help you find and access books, articles, primary sources, e-resources, and everything in between.  Feel free to contact me with any questions, and I'll be happy to arrange a time to meet 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 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)