Welcome Back!

by Jamie Baker, Editor

The fall semester is fast approaching. It’s time for the RIPS Law Librarian Blog to welcome back returning bloggers and introduce our new bloggers for 2016-2017. We are fortunate to have five returning bloggers:

  • Erik Adams, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, Los Angeles
  • Ashley Ahlbrand, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
  • Margaret Ambrose, Cornell University
  • Christine George, Cardozo School of Law
  • Beau Steenken, University of Kentucky

We also have several new contributors to welcome:

  • Paul Gatz, The Ohio State University

Paul Gatz is a reference librarian at the Moritz Law Library. He provides research and reference assistance to faculty, students, and the public and teaches Advanced Legal Research: Litigation and ADR. Before joining the Moritz Law Library, Paul was the reference and student services librarian at the Texas Tech University Law Library. He also worked at the Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Memorial Law Library at the University of Illinois while pursuing his library science degree. Paul practiced law in Illinois as a staff attorney at the Illinois Legislative Reference Bureau for two years before entering the library profession. During that time, he drafted legislation in the subject areas of elections, state finance, and financial regulation. Paul received his B.A. from Augustana College, and he received his J.D. and M.S.L.I.S. from the University of Illinois.

  • Duane Strojny, WMU – Cooley Law School

Dean Duane Strojny joined Cooley in 1995 as Head of Information Services for the law school library. He was named Associate Dean of Library & Instructional Support in 2002. Prior to joining Cooley, Duane served as Head of Reference for Marquette University Law Library 1992-1995, Reference/Collection Management Librarian for Marquette University Law Library 1990-1992, Reference Librarian for the University of Miami Law Library 1989-1990, and Night/Weekend Supervisor at the Marquette University Law Library 1988-1989. Duane received his B.A. from Monmouth College, his J.D. from Marquette University Law School, and his M.L.S. from the University of Wisconsin.

  • Tig Wartluft, Penn State University

As instructional services librarian, Andrew J. “Tig” Wartluft leads the effort to expand the reach and content of the H. Laddie Montague Jr. Law Library’s formal and informal teaching and instructional programs, including the 1L Legal Research course. He teaches a section of that course and also provides general reference and research support to library patrons and participates in general library planning and administration. Prior to joining Penn State Law, Tig served as reference librarian at the Ann Arbor campus of WMU – Cooley Law School. He also has experience from service in a number of librarian and attorney roles in Colorado and Ohio while earning graduate degrees. Tig received his B.A. from Case Western Reserve University, his M.L.I.S. from the University of Denver, and his J.D. from the University of Akron.

Please join me in welcoming a great group of librarians who will provide us with their valuable insights throughout 2016-2017!

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About Jamie Baker

Jamie Baker is the Associate Director of the Law Library at Texas Tech University School of Law. She also teaches Civil Trial Research. Jamie is the Executive Director of Scribes -- The American Society of Legal Writers. She blogs at www.gingerlawlibrarian.com.
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