Committees

Current Committees

  • GRANTS COMMITTEE

    Chairs

    Paul Riermaier, Chair
    Reference Librarian
    University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

    Katy Stein Badeaux, Vice Chair
    Head of Faculty Services
    University of Houston Law Center

    Committee Members

    Genevieve Tung
    Joe Noel
    Keri Klein
    Laura Scott
    Sarah Kammer
    Cynthia Condit
    Alyson Drake
    Clanitra Stewart Nejdl
    Mark Williams
    Meg Butler
    Matt Cooper

    CHARGE

    The RIPS-SIS Grants committee solicits applications for the AALL Leadership Academy/AALL Management Institute and AALL Annual Meeting, evaluates grant applicants, and recommends travel grants to selected applicants based on need and available RIPS-SIS Grant funds to the RIPS-SIS Executive Board.

  • LEGAL RESEARCH COMPETENCY

    Susan Azyndar, Chair
    Associate Director
    Notre Dame Law School

    Maureen Anderson, Vice Chair
    Assistant Director for Public Services
    University of Dayton School of Law

    Committee Members

    Darla Jackson
    Tracy Eaton
    Dana Lucisano
    Dinah Minkoff
    Katie Hanschke
    Theresa Tarves
    Emily Lawson
    Stephanie Farne
    Grace Lo
    Cynthia Condit
    John Miller
    Robin Schard
    Matt Cooper

    CHARGE

    Develop a body of knowledge and implement activities to support and inform stakeholders about legal research competency.

  • LEGAL RESEARCH TEACH-IN

    Chairs

    Ashley Krenelka Chase, Chair
    Associate Director
    Stetson University College of Law

    Jill Sturgeon, Vice Chair
    Instructional Services and Research Librarian
    University of Colorado Boulder, Wise Law Library

    Committee Members

    Olivia Smith
    Leah Lebeau
    Katie Siler
    Sue Silverman
    Tamra Carson
    Melissa Strickland
    Anne Christman
    Emma Wood
    Robin Schard
    Clare Willis

    CHARGE

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

  • OUTREACH AND MENTORSHIP COMMITTEE

    Chair

    Genevieve Tung, Chair
    Associate Director for Educational Programs
    University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

    Kimberly Mattioli, Vice Chair
    Student Services Librarian
    Indiana University Maurer School of Law

    Committee Members

    Julie Randolph
    Patrick Parsons
    Emily Donnellan
    Ashley Krenelka Chase
    Nicole Downing
    Shari Berkowitz Duff
    Emma Wood
    Ashley Ahlbrand

    Charge

    To develop and support the professional growth of RIPS members. The committee will facilitate mentoring relationships among members, connect members with RIPS resources, support members from all types of law libraries, and collaborate with other Special Interest Sections and groups within AALL to develop programming and content that meets the needs of RIPS’ diverse membership.

  • NOMINATIONS

    Chairs

    Kathleen Darvil, Chair
    Associate Librarian for Instructional Services & Adjunct Professor of Law
    Brooklyn Law Library

    Zanada Joyner, Vice Chair
    Senior Reference Librarian
    North Carolina Central University School of Law

    Committee Members

    Elizabeth Martinez
    Lewis Zimmerman
    Katie Hanschke
    Catherine Chick

  • ONLINE TRAINING

    Chairs

    Melissa Strickland, Chair
    Associate Librarian for Public Services
    Louisiana State University Law Center

    Julie Tedjeske Crane, Vice Chair
    Faculty Scholarship & Educational Technology Librarian
    Chicago-Kent College of Law

    Committee Members

    Sue Silverman
    Melissa Strickland
    Lewis Zimmerman
    Stephanie Farne
    Clare Willis
    Aimee Piuttman
    Khelani Clay

    CHARGE

    Plan and coordinate online training opportunities for the RIPS-SIS membership. Develop tools, publications, forums, and programs of use to librarians involved with and interested in online instruction.

  • PATRON SERVICES

    Chair

    Katelyn Golsby, Chair
    Librarian Assistant Professor
    University of Miami School of Law

    Alisha Hennen, Vice Chair
    Research and Instructional Law Librarian
    Mitchell Hamline School of Law

    Committee Members

    Julianne Odin
    Dajiang Nie
    Gail McDonald
    Dana Lucisano
    Kristen Moore
    Carolyn Brown
    Kelly Johnson
    Sarah Kammer
    Lei Zhang
    Keri Klein
    Alisa Holahan
    Dinah Minkoff

    CHARGE

    Develop tools, publications, and programs of use to librarians, library staff, or other information professionals who provide direct services to patrons. Select topics and moderators for roundtables at the Annual Meeting.

  • PROGRAM

    Chair

    Matt Timko, Chair
    Academic Technologies and Outreach Services Librarian
    Northern Illinois University College of Law

    Committee Members

    Emma MacGuidwin
    Rebecca Fordon
    Tamra Carson
    Colleen Williams
    Daniel Radthorne

    CHARGE

    Assist RIPS members with program, workshop, and poster presentation proposals for Annual Meeting educational programs. Solicit topics relevant to RIPS members, assist in developing and refining proposals, connect members with others interested in proposing programs on similar topics, and answer member questions about the proposal process in general.

  • PUBLIC RELATIONS & RECRUITMENT

    Chairs

    Shari Berkowitz Duff, Chair
    Research Librarian
    Jones Day

    Karin Johnsrud, Vice Chair
    Assistant Librarian for Research Services
    United States Supreme Court

    Committee Members

    Jessica Almeida
    Catherine Chick
    Kerry Roew
    Andrew Land
    Aimee Pittman
    Chelsey McKimmy
    Katie Brown

    CHARGE

    Publicize the projects and activities of the SIS by sending periodic notices to the AALL Spectrum and other AALL-affiliated publications. Maintain an active Twitter presence for RIPS. 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

    Chairs

    Kelly Leong, Chair
    Head of Reference
    Fordham University School of Law

    Sara Gras, Vice Chair
    Associate Director
    University of the District of Columbia School of Law

    Committee Members

    Stewart Caton
    Heather Joy
    Alisa Holahan
    Chelsey McKimmy
    Khelani Clay
    Meredith Capps
    Ashley Arrington
    Lei Zhang
    Grace Lo
    Daniel Radthorne
    John Miller
    Anne Christman

    CHARGE

    Provide research instruction resources through well-organized and user-friendly formats. Select topics and moderators for roundtables at the Annual Meeting.

  • Scholarship

    Chair

    Sarah Starnes, Chair
    Associate Law Librarian
    University of Akron Law Library

    Kerry Lohmeier, Vice Chair
    Associate Librarian and Adjunct Professor
    The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

    Committee Members

    Mitchell Silverman
    Heather Joy
    Rebecca Fordon
    Colleen Williams
    Alyson Drake
    Savanna Nolan
    Ellie Campbell
    Annalee Hickman
    Ashley Ahlbrand

    Charge

    The RIPS-SIS Scholarship Committee encourages and promotes the scholarship of RIPS members. The committee will provide resources for publication opportunities, facilitate collaboration on scholarly projects among members from all library types, and assist in publicizing member works.