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Personal Librarian Program

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Personal Librarians

What is the Personal Librarian Program?

The Personal Librarian (PL) Program is designed to introduce students entering Yale College to the collections and services of the Yale University Library. Upon matriculation, each freshman will be matched with a research librarian who will help with any academic work involving the Library and its collections, study spaces and/or staff.  Students typically work more frequently with their Personal Librarians during their freshman and sophomore years.  Once a student declares a major they will begin working with a Subject Specialist who will help with relevant assignments through completion of the senior year.

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Your PL will contact you occasionally throughout the year to let you know about new databases and tools, upcoming tours of collections or research strategies.You are also encouraged to contact your PL with any questions about your research or the Library in general.How often you choose to avail yourself of your PL is entirely up to you. If you have questions about Personal Librarians, contact Emily Horning, who runs the program.

How can my Personal Librarian help me?

Your PL 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 we don’t do (but we’ll help you find out who can)

Your PL 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)”