Committees

Current Committees

  • GRANTS COMMITTEE

    Chairs

    Amy Lipford, Chair
    Resource & Access Librarian
    Florida State University

    Deborah L. Heller, Vice Chair
    Environmental Law Librarian
    Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

    COMMITTEE MEMBERS

    Dan Brackmann
    Whitney Curtis
    Deborah Heller
    Michelle Murray
    Jill Sturgeon
    Martin R. Witt

    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 TEACH-IN

    Chairs

    Cynthia Condit, Chair
    Reference Librarian & Professor of Practice
    Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library
    University of Arizona James E. Roger College of Law

    Gail Mathapo, Vice Chair
    Reference Librarian
    Univesity of Florida Levin College of Law, Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center

    COMMITTEE MEMBERS

    Megan Austin
    Stacy Etheredge
    Sarah Lewis
    Kerry Lohmeier
    Kimberly Mattioli
    Anne Mostad-Jensen
    Eileen Santos
    Janeen Williams
    Mark Williams
    Annmarie Zell

    CHARGE

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

  • NOMINATIONS

    Chairs

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

    Rachel Gordon, Vice Chair
    Head of Access Services & Collection Services
    Duke University Goodson Law Library

    COMMITTEE MEMBERS

    Anna Blaine
    Deborah Heller
    Kimberly Mattioli
    Shira Megerman
    Hunter Whaley

    CHARGE

    The Nominations Committee is charged with selecting candidates for SIS elections. The committee follows Article VI: Nomination and Election of Officers and Members-at-Large of the RIPS-SIS Bylaws in performing its duties. Specifically, the committee proposes a slate of candidates, including two candidates for each open office, and administers the electronic balloting system for the election.

  • PATRON SERVICES

    Chairs

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

    Kristen Moore, Vice Chair
    Reference Librarian
    Stetson University

    COMMITTEE MEMBERS

    Jamie Baker
    Khelani Clay
    Nicole Dyszlewski
    Shawn Friend
    Rachel Gordon
    Kristyn Johnson
    Jessica Panella
    Lisa Peters
    Nolan Wright
    Megan York

    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

    Ashley Ahlbrand, Chair
    Interim Assistant Director for Public Services
    Indiana University Maurer School of Law

    COMMITTEE MEMBERS

    Pauline Afuso
    Katy Badeaux
    Emily Siess Donnellan
    Matthew Flyntz
    Heather Joy
    Kelly Leong
    Taryn Marks
    Colleen Williams
    Genevieve Zook

    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

    Abby Deese, Chair
    Evening and Weekend Reference Librarian
    Elon University School of Law

    Katie Brown, Vice Chair
    Deputy Director of the Law Library
    Charleston School of Law

    COMMITTEE MEMBERS

    Jessica Almeida
    Shari Duff
    Eliza Fink
    Christine George
    Matt Timko
    Emma Wood
    Genevieve Zook

    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

    Heather Joy, Chair
    Research/Instruction Librarian
    Chapman University Law Library

    Taryn Marks, Vice Chair
    Faculty Services Librarian
    University of Florida Levin College of Law, Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center

    COMMITTEE MEMBERS

    Ellie Campbell
    Stewart Caton
    Robert Clark
    Nick Harrell
    Barbara Gabor
    Gail Mathapo
    Dana Neacsu
    Clanitra Stewart Nedjl
    Stephen Parks
    Stacia Stein
    Savanna Nolan
    David Walker

    CHARGE

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

  • LEGAL RESEARCH COMPETENCY

    Chairs

    Becky Mattson, Co-Chair
    Scholarly Communications and Faculty Services Librarian
    H. Laddie Montague Jr. Law Library, Penn State Law

    Kerry Lohmeier, Co-Chair
    Assistant Librarian
    James E. Faust Law Library, University of Utah

    Theresa Tarves, Vice Chair
    Emerging Technology and Digital Research Librarian
    Penn State Law

    COMMITTEE MEMBERS

    Susan Azyndar
    Jane Bahnson
    Nicole Downing
    Kristen Moore
    Kris Niedringhaus
    Anupama Pal
    Gail Partin

    CHARGE

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

  • ONLINE TRAINING

    Chairs

    Shannon Roddy, Chair
    Assistant Law Librarian
    American University Washington College of Law

    Suzanne Mawhinney, Vice Chair
    Research Librarian
    University of San Francisco School of Law

    COMMITTEE MEMBERS

    Jessica Almeida
    Alissa Black-Dorward
    Whitney Curtis
    Eliza Fink
    Malikah Hall
    Amy Levine
    Melissa Strickland
    Colleen Williams

    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.

  • STRATEGIC PLANNING

    Chair

    Alyson Drake, Chair
    Assistant Director for Public Services
    Texas Tech University School of Law Library

    COMMITTEE MEMBERS

    Ashley Ahlbrand
    Karin Johnsrud
    Heather Joy
    Rebecca Mattson
    Shannon Roddy
    Alexis Sharp
    Genevieve Tung
    Katie Crandall, ex officio
    Paul Gatz, ex officio
    Katie Hanschke, ex officio
    Susan Nevelow Mart, ex officio