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Members of the Institute Library are of all ages, interests, and backgrounds! They join with a shared interest in our space, activities, and history. Membership dues offset operational costs and keep our programming and collections alive.

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Volunteers help with front-desk staffing, events, community outreach, and other tasks that support our preservation and cataloging, while giving tours and greeting Library visitors!

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Valerie Garlick
Executive Director

Shy-Von Bostic
Public Ally / Operations Coordinator 

Martha Lewis
Curator in Residence


Patricia Thurston, President
Team Leader, Specialty Cataloging, Yale University

Gary Ottenbreit, Vice President
Former District Manager at Social Security Administration

Michael Spicer, Treasurer
Chief Financial Officer, Wiggin and Dana LLP

Roland Coffey, Secretary
Publishing Assistant, Art & Architecture at Yale University Press

Laura Boyer, Board Member
Nelson & Edward’s Company Architects LLC

Elena Dixon, Board Member
Principle/Financial Advisor, Linden Wealth Advisors, LLC

Tadhg Dooley, Board Member
Associate, Wiggin and Dana LLP

Andrew Drabkin, Board Member

Bennett Graff, Board Member
Senior Editor, Gale Publishing

Josh Mamis, Board Member
Media & Marketing Strategist, Love146

Maryann Ott, Board Member
Managing Director, NewAlliance Foundation

Gregory Pepe, Board Member
Founding Principle, Neubert Pepe & Monteith PC


William C. Baker
Bookseller, WC Baker Rare Books & Ephemera

Megan Black
Research and Education Librarian, Providence College

Dr. Mary Brown
Southern Connecticut State University, Chair Emeritus, School of Library and Information Science

Werner Haun
Yale University, Assistant Chief Conservator for Collections Conservation & Housings

Karen Jensen
Library Director, James Blackstone Memorial Library

Sharon Milikowsky
Norwalk Public Library, Reference Librarian

Charles Murphy
Retired Librarian, Fuss & O’Neill

Dr. Margaret Powell
Retired Librarian and Executive Director of the Lewis-Walpole Library, Yale University

Sue Roberts
Retired Librarian for European and Commonwealth History at Sterling Memorial Library

Ashley Sklar
Community Engagement and Communications, New Haven Free Public Library

Chelsea Stone
Digital Projects & Resource Management Librarian, Sacred Heart University

Patricia Thurston, Chair
Catalog Librarian/Team Leader, Monographic Processing Services: Specialty Team

Sarah Woodford
Director of the Vincent Library at Saint Thomas More Catholic Center at Yale

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