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Faculty Guide to the Yale University Library: People You Should Know

University Librarian Barbara Rockenbach

Barbara Rockenbach, Stephen F. Gates '68 University Librarian, oversees one of the largest library collections in North America, which includes nearly 15 million volumes housed in 15 different libraries.

Your Subject Specialist/Liaison

The Yale Library's Subject Specialists and Liaisons are responsible for purchasing library materials and working with faculty and students on their research. Faculty members are encouraged to contact their subject specialist or library liaison with questions regarding the library's collection or services.

Every faculty member and academic department has a Subject Specialist and/or Liaison who will work with you and your colleagues. These librarians are happy to meet with you, one on one, in your office or other convenient on-campus location for you to review online library resources or assist you with any of your information needs.  Subject Specialists and Liaisons can:

  • Serve as your single point of contact for Library information, policies and procedures
  • Tailor an instruction session for you or the students in your classes
  • Receive your suggestions for new purchases – books, journals, databases, videos, and any other types of materials
  • Help you search for information in any of the Library’s many databases and digital materials
  • Show you how to use bibliographic citation management systems such as RefWorks and EndNote or Zotero
  • Help you use Yale's course management system, Classes*v2, or manage online materials for your classes, such as electronic reserves
  • Configure the Yale vpn for your mobile devices
  • Assist you in incorporate the Library's primary and special collections materials into your classes

The Advisory Committee on Library Policy

The Advisory Committee on Library Policy is a group of Yale faculty, administrators and students, appointed by the Provost, to discuss Library issues. For more information, contact Barbara Rockenbach, Stephen F. Gates '68 University Librarian.