When A Conference Comes Along…You Must RIPS It!

by Katie Crandall

Editor’s Note: Katie Crandall writes our guest post this week. Katie is the RIPS-SIS Vice Chair and soon to be Chair. She is also the Assistant Director for Outreach at Florida State University’s College of Law Research Center. Many thanks to Katie for this post and her service to RIPS. 

There are so many things to be excited about for the 2016 Annual Meeting. From the legendary Justice Posner to our very own RIPS Roundtables, everywhere you turn events and speakers clamor for your attention. However, the truly can’t-miss events during this year’s conference are the great opportunities to interact with your fellow RIPS members! I have already mentioned our Distance Education, Patron Services, and Research Instruction Roundtables, but what else is there?


Win this penguin!

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why not have breakfast at the RIPS-SIS business meeting and breakfast on Monday, July 18th, in Hyatt-Michigan AB from 7:30-8:30 am? Make sure to buy your ticket now so you don’t miss learning about the exciting things RIPS has been doing this past year (and how you might get involved in the upcoming year). Interested in getting a program sponsored for 2017? We have a committee for that. Want more educational opportunities? We have a committee for that! Need a penguin mascot for your office? Well, we don’t have a committee for that, but we do have an opportunity to win one! In honor of our annual penguin adoption, we will be giving away a stuffed penguin (possibly a cousin of Puron) at the breakfast. All you need to do is enter before the breakfast and arrive to see if you won the prize!

I know, I know…”but Katie, I hate breakfast and waking up. What else do you have for me?” Well, even though you won’t win a penguin, you can socialize with fellow RIPS members and friends from other SISs at the Joint Reception (commonly known as the Alphabet Soup Reception). This event is on Saturday, July 16th in Hyatt-Columbus A-D from 7:00-9:00 pm. Our SIS partners-in-crime will be CS-SIS, OBS-SIS, and TS-SIS. Many thanks to Innovative for sponsoring our fun!

That’s a couple fun ways to be involved with RIPS at this year’s Annual Meeting, but did you know you can get involved almost every day? All you need to do is to pepper your schedule with the many presentations and posters our dynamic members will be giving this year. We have a complete webpage dedicated to our member presentations here: http://www.aallnet.org/sections/rips/meetings/Annual-Meeting-Materials. If you are presenting and don’t see yourself listed, e-mail me (kcrandall@law.fsu.edu) and I will make sure you are added to the party.

So there you have it. Not one, not two, but numerous opportunities! Remember, it’s not too late to RIPS it real good this AALL 2016!**

** Thank you for your good humor with my multiple Devo puns **


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