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Research Instruction & Patron Services Special Interest Section

Current Committee Chairs

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Grants Committee
Lynn Murray, Co-Chair
Research Center & Information Manager
Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP

Kristina Alayan, Co-Chair
Head of Content Acquisitions and Management
Georgetown Law Library

Charge: Develop guidelines and procedures for a grant. Solicit and review applications and select a grant recipient.

Legal Research Teach-In
Ashley Ahlbrand, Chair
Assistant Librarian for Educational Technologies
Jerome Hall Law Library, Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Charge: Solicit content, and administer the creation, marketing, and distribution, of Legal Research Teach In Kits (compiled legal research instructional materials) annually.

Robin Schard, Co-Chair
Associate Director of the Law Library
University of Miami School of Law

Laura McKinnon, Co-Chair
Director of Copyright Advisory Services
Willis Library, University of North Texas

Charge: Solicit potential candidates for the Executive Board. Select the slate of candidates and facilitate the presentation of their biographies and statements.

Patron Services
Jessica Panella, Co-Chair
Head of Access Services
University of Connecticut School of Law Library

Genevieve Tung, Co-Chair
Head of Circulation and Reference Librarian
Rutgers School of Law Library in Camden

Charge: Develop tools, publications, and programs of use to circulation and interlibrary loan librarians. Select topics and moderators for roundtables at the Annual Meeting.

Katie Crandall, Chair
Assistant Director for Outreach
Florida State University Law Resarch Center

Charge: Assist RIPS members with program and workshop proposals for Annual Meeting educational programs. Solicit topics relevant to RIPS members, assist in developing and refining proposals, and facilitate the proposal process in general.

Public Relations and Recruitment
Alexis Fetzer, Chair
Reference and Research Services Librarian
William Taylor Muse Law Library, Richmond School of Law

Charge: Publicize the projects and activities of the SIS by sending periodic notices to the AALL Spectrum and other AALL-affiliated publications. Recruit new members by coordinating representation at CONELL, and manage marketing displays and giveaways at our SIS table in the exhibit hall at the Annual Meeting.

Research Instruction
Jason Sowards, Co-Chair
Associate Director for Public Services
Alyne Queener Massey Law Library, Vanderbilt Law School

Katie Brown, Co-Chair
Associate Dean for Library Services
Charlotte School of Law

Charge: Develop tools, publications, and programs of use to librarians involved in research instruction. Select topics and moderators for roundtables at the Annual Meeting.

Distance Education
Rachel Gordon, Chair
Access Services Librarian
Furman Smith Law Library, Mercer Law School

Charge: Develop tools, publications, forums, and programs of use to librarians involved with and interested in distance education.

Legal Research Competencies
Gail Partin, Co-Chair
Associate Director & Law Librarian
Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University

Online Member Training
Sarah Maudlin, Chair
Director of Library Services
Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP

Charge: Plan and coordinate online training opportunities for the RIPS-SIS membership.