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  • [RIPS-SIS] : Join us this week: Online Discussion of Interpersonal Communication in the Workplace November 20, 2019
    Join us November 18th-22nd for an online five-day discussion on interpersonal communication, moderated and co-hosted by RIPS-SIS, PEGA-SIS, LISP-SIS, and PLLIP-SIS. Each day, we will discuss different issues relating to this theme and pose questions to generate discussion. Members are invited … Continue reading →
  • Reaching Out November 19, 2019
    I recently had a faculty member ask me one of the most perplexing questions I’ve ever received.  This faculty needed some books, and found them not in the law library, but in the main University library.  The faculty member contacted … Continue reading →
    Matt Timko
  • Listening & Learning as a New(er) Law Librarian November 19, 2019
    Recently, I looked at my calendar and realized that I’ve been a law librarian for a little more than two years. This fact snuck up on me for many reasons; mainly, time flies when you’re having fun! But it also … Continue reading →
  • Beyond the Reference Desk November 12, 2019
    A formative experience for me in library school was working the reference desk with the librarians at the Gallagher Law Library at the University of Washington. I watched in wonder as the librarians each listened to their respective patrons, and … Continue reading →
  • Working with lawyers November 12, 2019
    In a law library it’s inevitable, we will work with lawyers.  It doesn’t matter if it’s an academic, court, or firm library – our patrons are lawyers (or future lawyers).  And many law librarians hold a J.D. – so we’re … Continue reading →
  • Class Exercise: Turning Research into a Deliverable Using Analytics November 5, 2019
     It’s spooky season, so dare I bring up ABA     accreditation standards and “experiential   learning”? Maybe it’s just me but it feels like the   initial buzz around the ABA’s experiential learning standards has quieted a bit. However, I serve on … Continue reading →
  • A Good Lawyer Should be Living a Good Life November 5, 2019
    It is common knowledge among legal professionals that law and philosophy are intimately entwined. A detailed understanding of jurisprudence is integral to any law professional’s success. Still, there are many branches of philosophy that can apply to our lives and … Continue reading →
  • Facebook Breaks Didn’t Make You Happy! So Move Away From the Screen and Start Juggling… October 30, 2019
    According to a recent Gallup polls, American are not generally thrilled to be at work. 70% of Americans report lack of engagement at work and 67% report some level of burn out. Although many law librarians seem quite pleased with … Continue reading →
    Sarah Gotschall
  • “Mental Health and Wellness in the Law Library: Ideas for Being an Effective Ally.” Webinar – Thurs., Nov. 7th, 12:00-1:00 EST October 30, 2019
    by Matt Cooper The mental health and wellness of students is a topic increasingly discussed by those in the law school community. The RIPS-SIS Patron Services Committee is hosting a webinar next week on the role law librarians might play. See … Continue reading →
  • Guest Post: Book Review and/or Love Letter to How to Become a Federal Criminal: An Illustrated Handbook for the Aspiring Offender October 30, 2019
    1 From How to Become a Federal Criminal: An Illustrated Handbook for the Aspiring Offender by Mike Chase, Available at Continue reading →