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  • RIPS 26th National Teach-In Kit Now Available! June 18, 2018
    The RIPS 26th National Teach-In Kit for 2017-2018 is now published and available for perusing on the RIPS website. It was a good year for the Kit – we had 28 contributors (either individually or as a group) with 40 … Continue reading →
    Jamie Baker
  • The Case of the Torn Presidential Record and the Future of Its Library June 14, 2018
    by Brandon Wright Adler I have broached this topic before; but, it seems more important than ever to again highlight that one of the most important functions of a librarian is helping to provide access to information. We cannot provide … Continue reading →
  • Increasing Empathy in Lawyers through Reading June 12, 2018
    by Emily Siess Donnellan The idea that reading makes people more empathetic is not new. A 2006 study from University of Toronto found a connection between reading fiction and increased sensitivity to others. A 2013 study confirmed that reading fiction … Continue reading →
  • RIPS Annual Meeting on 6/14 June 12, 2018
    Join Us for the RIPS Annual Meeting This Thursday! Please join the RIPS Executive Board and our RIPS committee leaders for the second annual RIPS Virtual Business Meeting, this Thursday, June 14th at 12:00pm CST/1:00pm EST.  Our committee chairs will … Continue reading →
    Jamie Baker
  • Laziness, Impatience, and Hubris in Patron Services June 7, 2018
    by Erik Adams This is my last post for the RIPS-SIS blog, and as I’ve been training a new group of summer associates, I’ve been thinking about an idea that computer programmers take for granted: that laziness, impatience, and hubris … Continue reading →
  • Stand in the Place Where You Work? June 5, 2018
    Run for the hills! Modern life is killing us (and turning us into nearsighted mouth breathers)! Recently I read that our mushy non-fibrous western diet has led to the underdevelopment of children’s jaws, resulting in crowded teeth and jaw muscles too week to hold their … Continue reading →
    Sarah Gotschall
  • What Time Does the Library Close? Avoiding an Answer May 31, 2018
    by Paul Gatz Hours for the current semester are posted on the website and on signs located throughout the library. Special hours for breaks and holidays will be noted. Fifteen minutes before close, a circulation worker will walk through the … Continue reading →
    Paul Gatz
  • Academic Law Librarians Share Unique Student Services May 29, 2018
    by Nicole Downing The ALL-SIS Student Services Committee hosted a series of online discussions on topics related to student services throughout the month of April 2018. We received a lot of excellent responses filled with a wide variety of activities … Continue reading →
  • AALL2018 RIPS Travel Grant Winners May 24, 2018
    The RIP-SIS Grants Committee is pleased to announce the 2018 winners of AALL travel grants: Mandy Lee Fran Norton Stephen Parks Louis Rosen Congratulations to all!
    Jamie Baker
  • What Percent of Law Students Should Regularly Use the Library? May 22, 2018
    by Dean Duane Strojny In the old days, if we had 10% of our students in the library in the middle of the afternoon, that meant anywhere between 200 and 250 students most semesters. Today, 10% is a lot less. … Continue reading →