In addition to being your Personal Librarian, I am the Science Research Support Librarian for Astronomy, Geology & Geophysics, and Physics at the Center for Science and Social Science Information. This means that my information-sleuthing specialties are things that have never been alive or that have been dead long enough to fossilize. Do not despair if you plan on pursuing the Humanities, though! I went to undergraduate at Smith College for English Language & Literature (and minored in Astronomy), so I can definitely help you discover excellent peer-reviewed resources for your papers, too. In any case, if it’s something I can’t answer, I can connect you to someone who can.
Outreach is hands-down my favorite part about being a librarian. I love answering questions from faculty and students, crafting workshops with other librarians about common tools that will help boost the signal hidden in information noise, and embedding myself in the flow of my departments. Melanie Maksin and I teach Google Scholar workshops, and I encourage you to come to one of those if you use Google for research.
By “answering questions,” I mean that you can ask me anything: researching topics from meteorite impacts to Chaucer, resolving general library issues, citing like a champion, learning where we hide the Python manuals, or connecting Linux to the VPN. I can even reveal which pizza places in New Haven have dedicated gluten-free ovens.
I look forward to meeting 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, I won't find someone to write your paper - that part's up to you - but I can put you in touch with The Writing Center or a writing tutor)