Introducing our 2014-15 blog contributors

We have a fantastic line-up of nine bloggers for the upcoming year. These librarians bring a range of experiences and outlooks to the blog, and I look forward to reading their contributions. Please allow me to introduce them.

Ashley Ahlbrand, Assistant Librarian for Education Technologies, Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Ashley is a new contributor to the RIPS-SIS blog. As the Educational Technology Librarian at IU Maurer School of Law since 2012, she oversees the law library’s social media presence and supports faculty in implementing new technologies in their curricula. Ashley received her J.D. from William and Mary School of Law and her M.L.S.from Indiana University. Her research interests thus far have included state constitutional research and library use of social media.

Jamie Baker, Reference Librarian & Scholarly Writing Professor, Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Jamie has been with Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s Brennan Law Library since March 2010. She teaches legal research sessions to law students in Research & Writing, Advanced Research & Writing, Scholarly Writing, Moot Court, Estate Planning, and Pretrial Skills. Jamie is the liaison to five 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. 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.

Janelle Beitz, Research and Instruction Librarian, William Mitchell College of Law

Janelle, a new contributor, is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, where she was an editor of the Law Review, and of the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She clerked at the Minnesota Court of Appeals, practiced law at a mid-sized law firm in Minneapolis, and worked at Thomson Reuters before returning to school to obtain her library degree. She now works as a research and instructional librarian at William Mitchell College of Law. Her interests include, but are not limited to: the First Amendment, social media, technology, tea, teaching, and photography. Last but not least, she enjoys a good cupcake!

Lindsey Ann Carpino, Knowledge Management Analyst, Sidley Austin Chicago

Lindsey is new to the RIPS-SIS blog.She is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law and received her M.L.I.S. from the University of Illinois. Lindsey became interested in law librarianship while in law school, where she staffed the reference desk as a Reference Fellow. Upon graduating from law school, she began (and still continues) teaching in two paralegal programs, one on campus and one online. While in library school, she also served as a Reference Associate at the Pritzker Legal Research Center at Northwestern University. Now at Sidley Austin, Lindsey works primarily on organizing new collaboration sites for various practice groups with documents, research tools, and other related material.

Shawn Friend, Head of Reference, Florida Coastal University

Shawn is a returning blogger who is currently the head of reference Florida Coastal’s Law Library. She has her J.D. from Arizona State University (1994) and Masters in Library Science from the University of Arizona (2005) and feels conflicted about rooting for either one.  She teaches advanced legal research classes.  She worked in public libraries before returning to the law library and is a member of the Arizona State Bar.

Catherine Lemmer, Head of Information Services, Indiana University McKinney School of Law

Catherine has been has been with the Ruth Lilly Law Library at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law since 2010. Prior to academic law librarianship, Catherine was the project manager for Evergreen Indiana, a pilot project that developed into a state-wide 100+ library consortium using Evergreen, an open-source ILS. Prior to librarianship, she practiced law as a corporate and financial institutions attorney in Chicago, Illinois. Catherine is the current editorial director of AALL Spectrum and was recently elected as an Member-at-Large of the RIPS-SIS Executive Board. She is a graduate of Lawrence University (B.A.), University of Wisconsin School of Law (J.D.), and University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science (M.S.L.I.S.).

Tara Mospan, Reference Librarian, Arizona State University

Tara Mospan has been with ASU’s Ross-Blakley Law Library since 2011. She received her B.A. from Scripps College in 2006, after which she taught for two years as a Teach for America corps member.  In 2011, Tara earned her J.D. from the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, and she earned her Masters of Arts in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona in 2013. Tara currently serves as the Vice President of the Arizona Association of Law Libraries. Her research interests include curriculum design, legal research instruction, and indigenous peoples and Indian law.

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

Thomas returns to the blog as a regular contributor for a second year; he was also a guest blogger during the 2012-2013 academic year. He has been a librarian at Emory’s MacMillan Law Library at since August 2011. Prior 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 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.). He is also earning an M.B.A. program at the Emory Goizueta Business School.

Beau Steenken, Instructional Services Librarian, University of Kentucky

This is Beau’s first year as a contributor to the blog. In addition to the usual library duties, Beau coordinates the research portion of UK’s LRW course. Before coming to UK, he obtained a J.D. and an M.S.I.S. from the University of Texas and an LL.M. in Public International Law from the University of Nottingham. Beyond law and books, Beau’s interests include archery, bourbon (not at the same time as archery), history, and miniature schnauzers.

Here’s a to great year of blogging!

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One Response to Introducing our 2014-15 blog contributors

  1. I’m reading AALL’s RIPS blog for the first time today. There’s some great stuff here! I’ve always worked in the PLL environment, and I’m finding ideas that I can adapt for use in the law firm with practicing attorneys. Thanks!

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