Meet this year’s bloggers!

I am very excited to serve as this year’s RIPS-SIS Blog editor. We have a fantastic roster of bloggers who are ready to share their experiences and to encourage dialogue among RIPS-SIS members. Readers, we want to hear from you! Our posts will hopefully serve as a springboard for discussion and we encourage questions and comments.  There will also be several opportunities for contributions from guest bloggers. If you are interested in serving as a guest blogger please email me at

Let’s meet our bloggers!

Catherine (Deane) Deane
Reference Librarian, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Deane is a returning blog writer this year. Deane earned her undergraduate degree from Princeton, her law degree and an M.A. from the University of Tulsa, and received her M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University. Her posts are always thought provoking and we can all look forward to another year of her contributions.

Margaret (Meg) Butler
Associate Director for Public Services, Georgia State University College of Law Library 

Meg moved to Atlanta in 2010 to join the librarians and staff at GSU College of Law.  Prior to her move she enjoyed working as the international/foreign law reference librarian at New York Law School.  In both positions Meg was able to cultivate her interests in teaching legal research, library management, and the pedagogy of legal research.  After completing law school in Oregon, Meg moved to Minnesota where she practiced law and worked in legal publishing.  While living in New York City, Meg earned her M.S. in Education as well as her M.L.I.S.  She is an active member of the American Association of Law Libraries, receiving the Emerging Leader Award in 2012.

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

Michele Thomas
Reference & Catalog Librarian, University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law Library 
Michele has been with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Library since January 2010.  This fall she will begin teaching Legal Research to first year students and serve 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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