About the Blog
A View from the Fourth Floor is the blog of the Librarian at the Yale Club of New York City. Here, the library staff of the Yale Club of New York City (me, the Librarian, and Debbie, our Library Assistant) can share with you our discoveries in our current collections, collection development in a club library, upcoming events in the Library, and information about other cultural events that may be meaningful to our members — especially those events linked with Yale, UVa, and Dartmouth.
About the Librarian
My name is Christina Kasman, and I started work as the Yale Club of NYC’s Librarian in September 2014. The Yale Club Library is as old as the building, which is celebrating its centennial in 2015. The collection of nearly 40,000 volumes reflects the varied, changing tastes and intellectual passions of generations of club members.
I was previously at Historic Hudson Valley in Tarrytown, NY, where I cataloged a multitude of editions of work by Washington Irving in their Library and Archives, under the direction of Karen Walton Morse. I also spent two years at the Franklin Lakes Public Library in Franklin Lakes, NJ, where I worked in circulation and helped produce the annual children’s haunted Halloween trip through the library. I earned my MSLIS at Pratt Institute, where I concentrated my studies on rare book and archives. Before becoming a librarian, I taught as an adjunct in the English and Writing Departments at several colleges in the New York Tri-State Area. In my doctoral work, I studied Nineteenth-Centure British literature and Classical Hollywood Film at Vanderbilt University and Cinema Studies at New York University.
At the Yale Club, I work directly with Debbie, the Library Assistant, who will work with me on any project at any time, has a fantastic institutional memory that I draw on every day (she has been with the Yale Club for fifteen years), and is invaluable. I also work regularly with our wonderful Library Committee Members to help the library grow and change with our members’ needs.