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Introducing this Year’s Bloggers

August 28, 2013

I trust that everyone is settling into the new fall semester.  It’s a busy, exciting time of year with so many new people, places, events, and responsibilities.  And speaking of new people, I’d like to introduce this year’s roster of bloggers.

Jamie Baker, Reference Librarian at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School

This is Jamie’s first year as a blogger.  She has been with Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s Brennan Law Library since March 2010. She teaches legal research sessions to law students in a variety of classes. Jamie is the liaison to six law school faculty, the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review, and Thomas M. Cooley Journal of Practical & Clinical Law. She also sits on the Library’s collection development team. Since January 2012, Jamie has been an adjunct professor of Scholarly Writing at Cooley. She is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries, Michigan Association of Law Libraries, and Scribes — The American Society of Legal Writers. Jamie is also a member of the Michigan bar, and when she is not busy with her reference librarian duties, she performs pro bono legal representation.

Catherine Deane, Foreign and International Law Librarian & Lecturer in Law, Alyne Queener Massey Law Library, Vanderbilt University Law School

Deane is a returning for a second time as a blog writer this year. She teaches 1L Legal Research and Transnational Legal Research. In a previous academic reference librarian position, she taught Advanced Legal Research. Deane earned her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, her M.A. in Anthropology and a J.D. with a Certificate in Comparative and International Law from the University of Tulsa, and received her M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University. She is an active member of the American Association of Law Libraries, serving on the Research Instruction and Patron Services Distance Education and the AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee. Her research interests include Indigenous Rights, Transnational Law, Transnational Legal Research and Interdisciplinary Research, FCIL Collection Development, Legal Research Andragogy, Diversity in Law Librarianship and in the Legal Profession.

Susan David deMaine, Research & Instructional Services Librarian, Ruth Lilly Law Library, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Susan is new to the RIPS-SIS blog this year. She has been at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law since 2011, where she has taught legal writing and continues to teach an online required 1-credit legal research course for 2Ls. Susan earned both her M.L.S. and J.D. at the University of Kentucky and went on to clerk for the late Judge David A. Nelson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Susan was also a member of the 2012 class of the Indiana Library Leadership Academy with a capstone project focused on innovation in Indiana libraries. Her current research interests revolve around designing for online education, e-discovery, the future of law practice technology, and librarian-faculty partnerships.

Shawn Friend, Head of Reference, Florida Coastal School of Law

Shawn returns to the blog for a second year this year.  She graduated with her J.D. from Arizona State University and practiced law in Arizona for 10 years before going to University of Arizona for her Masters in Library Science.  She then worked in public libraries and taught law classes at the undergraduate level before finding her perfect job in a law library.

Thomas Sneed, Associate Law Librarian for Research and Electronic Services, Emory University School of Law

Thomas was a guest blogger last year and returns as a regular blogger this year.  Thomas has been with the MacMillan Law Library at Emory University since August 2011.  Prior to coming to Emory, he worked as a reference librarian at the Moritz Law Library at Ohio State and practiced law in Kentucky.  Thomas has experience teaching introductory and advanced legal research and has been a regular contributor to the Bloomberg BusinessWeek MBA Journals and the ALL-SIS Newsletter with his column entitled “The Collaborative Law Librarian.”  He is a graduate of the University of Evansville (B.A.), the University of Kentucky College of Law (J.D.) and Kent State University (M.L.I.S.), and is currently in the M.B.A. program at the Emory Goizueta Business School.  Thomas was a guest blogger with the RIPS Law Librarian Blog during the 2012-2013 academic year.

Michele Thomas, Catalog & Reference Librarian, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law Library

Michele was a regular blogger during the past year and will serve as the blog editor this year.  Michele has been with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Library since January 2010.  She teaches independent sections of for-credit legal research in the 1L Legal Research Program and serves as the liaison for the law review.  She also is responsible for the cataloging department.  Michele earned her J.D. from University of Dayton School of Law (2007) and her M.L.I.S. from University of Pittsburgh (2009).  She also has a M.A. in Sociology from Ohio State University (2004).  Michele is an active member of the Ohio and Arkansas bars.  She serves as Associate Editor of Technical Services Law Librarian and is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries, Arkansas Bar Association, American Bar Association, Mid-America Association of Law Libraries, and the Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries. Her research interests include health law, public health, and business law.

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