Committees

Current Committees

  • GRANTS COMMITTEE

    Chairs

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

    Martin Witt, Vice Chair
    Head of Public Services and Lecturer in Law
    Columbia Law School

    Committee Members

    Dan Brackmann
    Whitney Curtis
    Amelia Landenberger
    Kelly Leong
    Michelle Murray
    Tammy E.P. Oitz
    Leslie Street
    Jill Sturgeon
    Annmarie Zell

    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

    Chairs

    Theresa Tarves, Chair
    Associate Director
    Penn State Law Library

    Anupama Pal, Vice Chair
    Legal Information Librarian & Lecturer in Law
    Boston College Law Library

    COMMITTEE MEMBERS

    Nicole Downing
    Lynn Hartke
    Melissa Hyland
    Kerry Lohmeier
    Becky Mattson
    Kris Niedringhaus
    Gail Partin
    Charlie Perkins
    Jennifer Prilliman
    Nolan Wright

    CHARGE

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

  • LEGAL RESEARCH TEACH-IN

    Chairs

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

    Mark J. Williams, Vice Chair
    Head of Digital Initiatives
    Vanderbilt University Alyne Queener Massey Law Library

    Committee Members

    Ana Isabel Delgado Valentin
    Cheryl Kelly Fischer
    Cory Lenz
    Kerry Lohmeier
    Andrew Martineau
    Becky Mattson
    Anne Mostad-Jensen
    Julie Tedjeske
    Clare Willis

    CHARGE

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

  • Membership Task Force

    Chair

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

    Committee Members

    Shari Berkowitz Duff
    Shawn Friend
    Malikah Hall
    Becky Mattson
    Kristen R. Moore
    Austin Williams
    Jason Zarin
    Annmarie Zell

  • NOMINATIONS

    Chairs

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

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

    Committee Members

    Deborah Heller
    Shira Megerman
    Louis Rosen
    Austin Williams
    Eric Young

    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.

  • ONLINE TRAINING

    Chairs

    Eliza Fink, Chair
    Digital Resources and Services Librarian
    University of Tennessee College of Law

    Shira Megerman, Vice Chair
    Senior Legal Information Librarian
    Boston University Law Library

    COMMITTEE MEMBERS

    Whitney Curtis
    Christine Demetros
    Debra Denslaw
    Sarah Gotschall
    Becka Rich
    Jocelyn Sagherian
    Melissa Strickland
    Matt Timko

    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

    Chairs

    Kristen Moore, Chair
    Reference Librarian
    Stetson University

    Nicole Dyszlewski, Vice Chair
    Research/Access Services Librarian
    Roger Williams University School of Law

    COMMITTEE MEMBERS

    Deanna Barmakian
    Khelani Clay
    Matt Cooper
    Rachel Gordon
    Alisha Hennen
    Amy Lipford
    Amber Kennedy Madole
    Ashley Matthews
    Stephen Parks
    Shannon Roddy
    Genevieve Tung

    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

    Genevieve Tung, Chair
    Associate Director
    Rutgers School of Law Library in Camden

    Malikah Hall, Vice Chair
    Instructional Assistant Professor and Reference Librarian
    Texas A&M University School of Law Dee J. Kelly Law Library

    COMMITTEE MEMBERS

    Jane Bahnson
    Joe Custer
    Emily Donnellan
    Matthew Flyntz
    Sarah Kammer
    Emily Lawson
    Taryn Marks
    Alison Rosenberg
    Sarah Starnes
    Colleen Williams

    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

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

    Emma Wood, Vice Chair
    Assistant Librarian for Public Services
    UMass Dartmouth School of Law Library

    COMMITTEE MEMBERS

    Jessica Almeida
    Iain Barksdale
    Kate E. Britt
    Abigail Deese
    Shari Berkowitz Duff
    Eliza Fink
    Rebecca Fordon
    Tiffany Camp Johnson
    Cassandra Patterson

    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

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

    Clanitra Stewart Nejdl, Vice Chair
    Reference and Instructional Services Librarian & Assistant Professor
    Northern Illinois University College of Law

    Committee Members

    Susan Azyndar
    Robert Clark
    Stewart Caton
    Khelani Clay
    Abigail Deese
    Matthew Flyntz
    Heather Joy
    Shivani Naicker
    Savanna Nolan
    Robin Schard
    Reina Seidler
    Melissa Strickland
    Colleen Williams

    CHARGE

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

  • Scholarship

    Chair

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

    Emily Donnellan, Vice Chair
    Public Services Librarian
    Concordia University School of Law

    Committee Members

    Jessica Almeida
    Cynthia Condit
    Alyson Drake
    Christine George
    Annalee Hickman Moser
    Lora Johns
    David McClure
    Pamela G. Smith
    Jill Sturgeon
    Ashley Sundin

  • 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