This year, the RIPS Executive Board decided to bring back RIPS Awards to recognize our members’ outstanding accomplishments. In our inaugural year, the RIPS Grants Committees created and selected winners for two awards: the Service to RIPS Award and the RIPS Publications Award.
The Service to RIPS Award honors a RIPS-SIS member who has made outstanding contributions to RIPS_SIS in areas of section activity and professional service. Nominees may excel in one of the following areas: Excellent leadership in RIPS-SIS, at meetings, and in committees; special and notable service to RIPS-SIS, such as participation in special projects; participation in RIPS-SIS education programs and public speaking activities; and mentoring activities that encourage others in RIPS-SIS.
This year’s award honored a long-time active member of RIPS who has served as both a member of the RIPS Executive Board, as a committee chair, and as a member of special projects. Karin Johnsrud of the Supreme Court Library is the inaugural Service to RIPS Award winner. Karin always answering the call to serve when asked, including this past year when she was asked to help draft the new RIPS strategic plan as part of the RIPS Strategic Planning Committee. Karin was also the head of the RIPS History Project in 2011, in which she helped chronicle our special interest section’s history.
Karin served as the Secretary/Treasurer of RIPS from 2011 to 2013 and has served on both the RIPS Grants Committee and the Research Instruction Committee. From 2016 to 2017, Karin served as co-chair of the Research Instruction Committee, during which she helped move forward the textbook reviews project and helped lead successful roundtables at the AALL Annual Meeting. We are proud to have her as a member of the RIPS-SIS community and to present her with this honor.
The RIPS Publication Award honors RIPS-SIS members for contributions to law librarianship through publication, particularly in the areas of research instruction and patron services. Eligible materials must be published during the prior calendar year.
This year’s award winning publication is Multinational Sources Compared: A Subject and Jurisdiction Index, by Sherry Leysen and Alena Wolotira. The title was published as both a print book and as a HeinOnline database. As described by Hein, “Multinational Sources Compared: A Subject and Jurisdiction Index is a finding aid designed to direct researchers to sources that compare multiple jurisdictions on focused subjects. These print and electronic sources contain full-text legislation, statutory citation, or other references to primary law.” As described by one of nominator, the title “makes a significant contribution to law librarianship by providing a one-of-a-kind reference work for those of us teaching and/or assisting patrons with international comparative law research.”
Sherry Leysen is the Associate Director for Library Services as Chapman University’s Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library.
Alena Wolotira is the Circulation Librarian at the University of Washington’s Gallagher Law Library.