RIPS Notes and Countdown to the Annual Meeting

It’s hard to believe my year as Chair is winding down, but as it does, things in the RIPS-SIS are gearing up in anticipation of the Annual Meeting in Denver.

First, our annual election will be held starting this weekend. When it goes live, please take the time to cast your votes. Many thanks both to Duane Strojny and the Nominations Committee who’ve set up another great slate of candidates, and to the following candidates who have volunteered to serve. The nominees are:

Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Kris Helge, Texas Wesleyan

Secretary/Treasurer: Maribel Nash, Chicago-Kent

Member at Large:

  • Liz McCurry, Charlotte School of Law;
  • Gary Hill, Brigham Young University

Second, as in “Second Annual,” the RIPS-SIS C8 Topical Forum returns to address another timely, important issue facing our profession, with the program “To Serve Man: Patron Services to the Disadvantaged During & After the Downturn.”

Last year, we looked at the recent economic turmoil with an eye toward how law libraries might turn adversity into opportunity. This brought about a lively discussion that continued throughout the year and sparked similar programs among the AALL membership. Now, we turn our attention outward to examine how difficult times affects law librarianship’s mission in serving low income, tribal, prisoners, non-English speaking, and other underrepresented populations. As before, the C8 Forum is a town hall where your opinions and questions are encouraged and desired, but to help lead the discussion, we have the following distinguished panelists:

  • Judy Meadows: Montana State Law Librarian, and Chair of Montana’s Commission on Self-Represented Litigants
  • Larry Meyer: Director of the San Bernadino County (CA) Law Library
  • Diana Reese: Coordinator for Institutional (Correctional, Veterans, Mental Health, etc.) Library Development for the Colorado state library system
  • Sherri Thomas (University of New Mexico): Chair of the AALL Native People’s Law Caucus and Member of the Federal Bar Association’s Indian Law on State Bar exams Committee

C8 is scheduled for 10:45 – 11:45 on Monday, July 12th. Hope to see you all there.

Third, since 2007, RIPS has honored select members for distinguished service to the SIS with the RIPS Star (formerly Heart) Award. Past recipients of the award were Gail Partin (Penn State), Bobbi Studwell (Charlotte School of Law); Peggy McDermott (St. Louis University), and last year’s winner, Melissa Serfass (University of Arkansas-Little Rock). If you would like to nominate a RIPS member for this year’s award, please email me ( the person’s name and reasons for nomination by Friday, June 25. The winner will be named at the RIPS Breakfast & Business Meeting to be held at 7:15 a.m. on July 12.

More AALL news to follow, gang. Stay tuned.

Robb Farmer, Chair RIPS-SIS
Faulkner University Jones School of Law Library

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