Welcome back!

by Susan deMaine, Editor

Fall semester is just around the corner, and we here at the RIPS Law Librarian Blog are getting in gear. We have three (or four) regular contributors returning from last year:

  • Ashley Ahlbrand, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
  • Jamie Baker, Texas Tech University
  • Beau Steenken, University of Kentucky
  • Janelle Beitz was planning to be back but she is changing jobs, switching from academic to firm librarianship. It’s still up in the air as to how much time she’ll have to write for the blog. Hopefully we’ll have a few posts from her in the coming year. It would be great to hear about her experiences moving between two branches of law librarianship.

We also have several new contributors to welcome. I am thrilled that these talented people have signed on!

  • Erik Adams, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, Los Angeles

Erik has more than 20 years of experience in a variety of libraries and businesses. He has enviable technical skills, including web site design and computer programming. He also has extensive experience in technical services, including library automation and original cataloging. Before Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, Erik worked as a senior software engineer for PetSmart, as an internet developer for Countrywide Home Loans, and as a technical information analyst for Manatt, Phelps & Phillips in LA. He earned his MLIS at UCLA and his bachelor’s degree at Occidental College.

  • Margaret Ambrose, Cornell University

Margaret joined the law library at Cornell recently, having earned her JD there in 2011 followed by a job with Habitat for Humanity as a program manager, tracking affordable housing legislation and developing communication plans for the organization. Her MLIS is from Syracuse University and her bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University (maybe Margaret’s East Coast background will balance out Erik’s West Coast-ness!). Her previous library experience includes designing a usability study for Binghamton University, developing library programming for public libraries, and working the weekend reference shift in the Cornell Law Library.

  • Cynthia Condit, University of Arizona

Cynthia joined the Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library at The University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law in July 2014. Prior to returning to Arizona, she was Reference and Faculty Services Librarian and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Montana School of Law’s William J. Jameson Law Library in Missoula, Montana where she oversaw the faculty services program, taught Advanced Legal Research, managed and edited the law library blog, and served as administrator of the law school digital repository. Cynthia earned her JD, MLIS, and bachelor’s degrees from the of Arizona.

  • Christine George, SUNY Buffalo

Christine brings a new twist to the RIPS blog–she’s an archivist (I think this will lead to some very interesting posts)! Christine currently works at the Charles B. Sears Law Library at SUNY Buffalo Law School. She has written for the Society of American Archivists’ Issues & Advocacy Roundtable’s blog. Her current research interests are archival ethics and citation metrics for legal scholarship. Chrsitine received her JD from St. John’s University, her MSIS from the University of Texas at Austin, and BA from Bard College.

  • Christina Glon, Emory University

Christina joined the MacMillan Law Library as a reference librarian in 2013. Prior to librarianship, Christina practiced transactional law in a small firm in southwest Michigan specializing in estate and probate law, corporate and tax law, and real estate transactions. She earned her JD and MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University.

  • Amy Taylor, American University

Amy has held jobs that make me green with envy. She interned in the research department of the Library of the Supreme Court of the United States, and has been a librarian at Duke Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, and now American University. Amy received her JD from the University of Alabama School of Law and her MLIS from the Catholic University of America. She is an active member of the Law Librarians’ Society of the District of Columbia, and her research interests include developing an ontology of legal research.

  • Kris Turner, University of Wisconsin

Kris has expertise in both reference and technology services. In addition to helping redesign and re-launch the law library’s website, he also redesigned the law library’s intranet and is currently working on creating a digital repository for the law school’s faculty scholarship and archives. Kris was awarded the Wisconsin Library Association’s Rising Star award in 2014 and has written for the AALL Spectrum blog, Madison Public Library Good Reads Blog, and WisBlawg.

Finally, the RIPS Executive Board agreed to my request to serve a second year as the blog editor. I’m grateful for the opportunity and am looking forward to a productive year.

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