Committee Chairs 2016-2017

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Grants Committee

Marin Dell, Chair
Head of Electronic and Digital Services
Texas Tech University School of Law Library

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
Ashley Ahlbrand, Co-Chair
Assistant Librarian for Educational Technologies
Jerome Hall Law Library, Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Becka Rich, Co-Chair
Senior Associate Director
Nova Southeastern University Law Library

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

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

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

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.

Alyson Drake, Chair
Instructional & Student Services & Director of the Excellence in Legal Research Program
Texas Tech University School of Law Library

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 and Recruitment
Alexis Fetzer, Co-Chair
Reference Librarian
Hunton & Williams LLP

Patrick Parson, Co-Chair
Research Instructional Services Librarian
Georgia State University Law Library

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
Karin Johnsrud, Co-Chair
Assistant Librarian for Research Services
United States Supreme Court Library

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

Charge: Develop tools, publications, and programs of use to librarians involved in research instruction. Select topics and moderators for roundtables at the Annual Meeting.

Legal Research Competency
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

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

Online Training
Sarah Maudlin, Co-Chair
Director of Library Services
Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP

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

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.