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Personal Librarian: Melanie Maksin

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Hello! I'm the Librarian for Political Science, International Affairs, Public Policy, and Government Information. My office is in the Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI), which is located in the Kline Biology Tower. (Come visit! CSSSI has lots of lovely study spaces--and there's a cafe upstairs, too.) 

As your Personal Librarian, I'm here to help you navigate and make the most of the vast resources and varied services offered by the Yale University Library. Please feel free to contact with me if you have any questions about the library! If you'd like to get together in person to discuss your research, I'm happy to meet with you in CSSSI, Bass Library, Sterling Memorial Library...or, just name a place with caffeinated beverages, and I'll be there.

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)”
Melanie Maksin

Melanie Maksin
Personal Librarian

Office Hours:
by appointment

Office Location:
Center for Science & Social Science Information (CSSSI), 219 Prospect Street


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