Business Meeting Minutes
Sunday, July 21, 2002
Peabody Hotel, Orlando, Florida
The 2002 Business
Meeting of the Research Instruction and Patron Services Special Interest
Section was called to order at 5:30 p.m. by SIS Chair Marc Silverman (Barco
Law Library, University of Pittsburgh). The Minutes from the 2001 Business
Meeting were approved as printed in the Fall 2001 issue of the RIPS
Law Librarian, by voice vote. The Treasurer, Pamela Melton, reported
that RIPS had incurred expenses in the amount of $1,734.15 for the publication
of the newsletter. As of May 31, 2002, the balance on hand was $3,454.09.
Annual Report to Membership
Marc Silverman, outgoing Chair, made his report to the members. He enumerated
the accomplishments of the section, notably a continued strong contribution
to the annual meeting programing, the drafting of an ADA policy for possible
adoption by AALL and the hugely successful Legal Research Teach-In. The
new SIS Strategic Plan, which was one of the first projects tackled by
the Board last year, called for efforts to reinvigorate the membership,
provide more guidance to the committees and rework our communications
vehicles - the Newsletter, the website and our brochure. We have made
progress toward all of those goals this year.
One issue which we hoped to have resolved this year was whether to publish
the SIS newsletter only in electronic format and eliminate the print version.
Printing and postage for the newsletter account for the majority of the
SIS expenses. The Executive Board had decided to table the discussion,
deferring any decision, until a forthcoming report from a committee of
the SIS Council (addressing SIS newsletters) was made available. As the
report has yet to be issued, the Board has not proceeded any further towards
Marc thanked the members for their involvement, saying "RIPS is very
lucky to have a core of dedicated members that accomplish truly incredible
The following Committees submitted reports:
Patron Services: Six people volunteered for the committee. The committee
drafted an ADA policy, which the Executive Board has approved and will
forward to the AALL Executive Board for further consideration.
Web Page: Melissa Serfass has started revamping the web page. Several
pages with the new look are already up.
Research Instruction: The committee is still looking at the Core Competencies
document, although there has been no real progress on getting it published.
Sheri Lewis announced that there would be no committee meeting and reminded
people to come to the Roundtables.
Nominations: Lee Ryan was congratulated for providing such a strong slate
of candidates. She thanked Kristin Gerdy and Gail Partin, and all those
who agreed to run for office.
Programs: RIPS forwarded six proposals for this year's annual meeting,
which was the maximum allowed, and three of them were accepted. The Program
Committee will be meeting at 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23. Everyone is
encouraged to attend to help brainstorm program ideas.
Public Relations: There will be a meeting tomorrow morning, Monday, July
22, at 7:00 a.m. to discuss the new RIPS brochure. There are still times
available at the RIPS table and we need volunteers to fill them.
Teach-In: Gail Partin & Kristen Gerdy were not present. This year's
Teach-In was a great success. Thousands of notepads were mailed out and
over 600 Teach-In kits were ordered. There are still a few available at
the RIPS table.
Briefs in Law Librarianship: Bobbie Studwell encouraged everyone to become
an author. She awarded pens to the most recently published Briefs authors.
Several surveys are circulating at the time and a number of briefs are
in the works. She encouraged the members to buy them, since revenue from
the sales goes to the SIS.
AELIC/Standards of Excellence for Internet Legal Information Services
- AELIC is charged with developing criteria for evaluating legal web pages.
Introduction of New Officers and Board Members:
Marc Silverman introduced the new officers and board members for 2002-2003.
D.R. Jones (Case Western Reserve University School of Law), Chair;
Melissa Serfass (UALR Wm. H. Bowen School of Law), Vice
Pamela Melton (University of South Carolina School of
Lynne Hartke (St. Louis University School of Law), Newsletter Editor;
Bill Draper (University of Pennsylvania Law School), Member-At-Large.
The new committee chairs are
Gary Hill (Brigham Young University), Patron Services;
Melissa Serfass (UALR Wm. H. Bowen School of Law), Web Page;
Sheri Lewis (University of Chicago School of Law), Research Instruction;
Lee Ryan (University of San Francisco School of Law), Nominations;
Jessie Cranford (UALR Wm. H. Bowen School of Law) and
D.R. Jones, Programs;
Rachel Jones (Dickstein, Shapiro, Morin & Oshinsky
Peggy McDermott (St. Louis University Lw School), Public Relations;
Coral Henning (Sacramento county Public Law Library), Listserv; and
Gail Partin (Dickenson School of Law Library of the Pennsylvania State
University) and Kristen Gerdy (Brigham Young University School of Law),
There was no new business.
Incoming Chair, D.R. Jones presented outgoing Chair, Marc Silverman,
with a gift certificate to Barnes and Noble as a token of appreciation
from the SIS. Marc ceremonially passed Puron, the penguin,
to D.R., charging her to record Puron's adventures this year. Photographs
of Puron, taken at various locations throughout last year, were passed
around at the meeting.
D.R. stated that she looked forward to continued good work from all the
committees. The ADA policies, the core competencies, the Teach-In were
all evidence of the vitality of the SIS. She hopes to make the web page
the big project of the year. It needs to be revamped,
which should be more than just a redesign. What is the web site's purpose?
What does it mean to the members? These are questions
that must be answered. Other SIS's are going through the same thing. We
should communicate more with other SIS's. AALL can provide us with information
about the overlap in membership with other SIS's, which should help with
the effort to improve communication. She closed by thanking the members
for all their support.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:00 p.m.
Pamela Rogers Melton
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