Photo gallery: Librarians give new students overview of library services and support

  • large high-ceiling space filled with hundreds of students. At bottom right edge white sign on black standing frame reads "Welcome to Yale College Academic Fair"
  • Two women stand on either side of a table with dark cloth and sign that reads "Yale University Library." On top is a basket and three standing displays of paper handouts. Woman at far left stands with hand on hip smiling at camera. Woman behind her watches the other two women conversing.
  • Three women look at a table display with white sign that reads "Yale University Library." Woman at right with large hoop earrings and pink shirt holds a cellphone up to a QR code on a white placard on the table.
  • Four square of colored graphics that read "Let's Find Books," "First Steps with Zotero," "How to Find Scholarly Articles," "Advanced Search Techniques"
September 19, 2023

Librarians Kelly Blanchat, Emily Horning, and Jennifer Snow greeted new students at the Yale College Academic Fair in Schwarzman Center this August. Hundreds of students from the Class of 2027 gathered in the Commons and the Well to meet faculty and campus partners, ask questions, and collect swag.

Students discovered that, when they enrolled at Yale, each one of them was assigned a personal librarian to help with research strategies throughout their college careers. Students also learned about the library’s ongoing mini workshops, offering instruction in working with Zotero, Quicksearch, and other research tools and methods.

The librarians encouraged incoming students to sign up for library tours—of Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Marx Science and Social Science Library, Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, and Sterling Memorial Library—to learn about each library’s history and architecture, its collections, study spaces, and support services.

The librarians also highlighted the many opportunities to work at Yale Library, the largest student employer on campus.

—Deborah Cannarella

Photos by Monica Ong Reed. Graphics by Kelly Blanchat; Sterling Library icon in “Advanced Search Techniques” by Natapon Chantabutr.