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Personal Librarian: Lisa Conathan

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Welcome to the Library!

I am an archivist at the Beinecke Library, which means that when I travel I end up talking about what it's like to be an architect or an archaeologist.  At the Beinecke I work with the papers of famous Russian and Polish poets. In my spare time I write dictionaries of obscure languages (such as Arapaho and Yurok) and engage in repetitive craft projects such as knitting, quilting and scraping paint.

This is my second year in the Personal Librarian program and I'm happy to answer all of your questions about using the library. I don't have set office hours (because I work in a high-security area) but you can contact me to set up an appointment if you need any help using the library's resources.

Here's what I can do for you:
  • Keep you informed with periodic e-mail messages highlighting new resources and programs specifically for students, as well as with 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 strategies
  • 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
Here's what I won't do:
  • Set up your computer (i.e. NetIDs, VPN)
  • Do your research, make photocopies or write your paper for you
Lisa Conathan

Lisa Conathan
Personal Librarian

Office Hours:
by appointment

Office Location:
Beinecke Library



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