RIPS Law Librarian
vol. 20, no. 1
Message From The Chair
Welcome to the first issue of the newly designed RIPS Newsletter!
It seems only appropriate that we have a new Newsletter to begin the new
academic year, after all, we have a new name for our SIS, a new executive
board, several new committees and committee chairs, and many new members.
There also appears to be a new enthusiasm among RIPS members. Hopefully
we can use that enthusiasm to accomplish much good during the coming year.
If you haven't been active in the SIS for a while, come back and
take a look at the new things we are doing! If you are new
to the SIS and haven't taken the opportunity to get involved yet, do it
now! New and rewarding experiences await you!
The RIPS Executive Board has been working diligently since spring
to come up with a plan for the coming year. That plan was finalized
in Baltimore at our Executive Board Meeting. A brief overview of
the plan was presented to those in attendance at the RIPS Business Meeting
on Sunday, where committees were also formed and charges given. A
more detailed overview of what we would like to accomplish during the coming
year is set forth below.
First and foremost, we would like to get a RIPS Web Page up and functioning.
Bobbie Studwell is our new Web Page Committee Chair. Bobbie and her
committee will be working closely with Jason Hinkle at Headquarters
to develop a website that can be used to both communicate with and publicize
our SIS. Current plans are to house the page on AALLNET. If
you would like to be involved with the Web Page please contact Bobbie.
Second, we want to put more emphasis on publicizing RIPS activities.
Effective publicity will keep our members informed, and should also help
attract new members to the SIS. As others in AALL see the exciting
things we are involved involved in, we hope they will want to become involved
too. Gail Partin, Kristin Gerdy, and Karen Brunner will be working
throughout the year to keep RIPS in the public view. Gail has some
terrific new ideas for the Newsletter. Kristin will be writing a
monthly column for the Special Interest Section News that appears in the
AALL Spectrum. The Legal Research Teach-In, which always provides
good publicity for the SIS, will go forward again this year under Gail
and Karen's able leadership, with assistance from Kristin.
We also hope to find time to revamp the old Reader Services SIS pamphlet
which, when completed, will be used to help introduce potential and new
members to the SIS.
Third, we plan to continue our strong tradition of
developing and sponsoring quality programs that are
of interest to RIPS members. Kelly Browne, RIPS
Program Chair, and her committee have been working
diligently since May and have submitted many
excellent Program Proposals for the 1998 Annual
Meeting. Take a look at Kelly's report later in the
Newsletter and I'm sure you will be as impressed as
I am with what they have accomplished. The next
issue of the Newsletter will have an update on which
programs were accepted so that you can start making
plans for Anaheim.
Fourth, we have asked the Research Instruction
Committee, chaired by Darcy Kirk, to come up with
recommendations for carrying on the good work done
by the Research Instruction Caucus. A priority for the
committee will be reviewing RIC's working draft "Core Legal Research Competencies: A Compendium
of Skills and Values as Defined in the ABA's
MacCrate Report" and formulating recommendations
on issues such as endorsement, publication,
implementation, etc. Mary Brandt Jensen will be
setting up a discussion group so the committee can
continue working on the project throughout the year.
In addition, RIPS has submitted a program proposal
dealing specifically with the RIC document that we
hope will be accepted for the Anaheim Annual
Meeting. If accepted, we will use the time to
introduce the document to AALL members and to
explain what we would like to see done with it in the
Fifth, and finally, we want to be more responsive to
member needs and concerns in the area of patron
services. Mark Silverman, Chair of the Patron
Services Committee, will be working closely with the
Board throughout the year to come up with ways to
better serve our members. Many of you have
expressed concern over not having enough time to
meet with other SIS members in your particular areas
of interest to share information, discuss common problems,
generate new ideas etc. In response to this concern, RIPS will be
sponsoring round table discussions at next year's Annual Meeting.
Currently we are planning round tables in the following areas: Reference,
Circulation, Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery, and Research Instruction.
These Round tables will be listed in the Annual Meeting Program and will
be scheduled at times separate from the Business Meeting. Each discussion
will be lead by a RIPS Patron Services Subcommittee Chair and will focus
on areas of interest to RIPS members. If you would like to have input
regarding discussion items for the round tables or be involved in some
other way, please contact Mark.
The enthusiasm among RIPS members in Baltimore
generated great momentum. I hope we can use that
momentum to help us accomplish our goals for the
coming year. If you haven't joined a committee yet,
it's not too late. Just pick up the telephone and call
one of our committee chairs, or better yet, send them
an e-mail. We welcome your participation!