Questions with Puron: June Featured RIPS Member Tina Dumas

Compiled By: Jessica Almeida  and Cassandra Patterson




Tina Dumas, KM (& Library) Manager at Nossaman LLP in San Francisco, California. 

“Questions with Puron” is a social media series launched by the RIPS PR & Recruitment Committee to highlight the diverse views and professional strategies of the constituents of Research Instruction and Patron Services Special Interest Section (RIPS-SIS). Twice a month, our beloved penguin mascot poses a series of questions to one of the many librarians who make up RIPS. This month, Puron talked with Tina Dumas, KM (& Library) Manager at Nossaman LLP in San Francisco, California. 


Puron: Share your favorite new (or new-to-you) resource for 2020!

Tina: Not really new, but thistothat.com. It tells you what kind of glue or adhesive to use to glue two surfaces together. It hasn’t been updated in a while, but there is still really good information there.

Puron: What does reference look like for you?

Tina: Much of the reference I do is pulling documents from dockets, but then sometimes there’s the odd request to find a deed from the 1940s or if a survivor of a helicopter crash is still alive (wrongful death or personal injury?).

Puron: What’s a professional achievement you’re proud of?

Tina: Recently, I calculated the linear footage of my Los Angeles Library (while working from home in San Francisco) by using photos provided by our Office Services manager. My boss noticed that the photos included the ceiling tiles, and he knew that they were 2 feet wide, so we used that to measure. In the more distant past, I planned and executed a successful 1.5 day Spring Institute for my local chapter of AALL (NOCALL) with an infant at home. 

Puron: Do you have any advice for new or aspiring law librarians?

Tina: Get involved in local and national associations. And never stop making new connections. They will last throughout your career. You can start small – volunteer for a committee that only needs to meet a few times, but go big when you are ready!

Puron: What does instruction look like for you?

Tina: Instruction for me these days, is mostly new hire orientations. I do them all online, even before Shelter-in-Place. I introduce them to the department, show them library resources available on our Intranet, discuss Lexis and Westlaw pricing, and then give them a tour of our Intranet (which my department manages). I also handle more in-depth Summer Associate orientations/trainings. Occasionally, there is a need for one-on-one training, which involves remotely accessing the patron’s desktop or sharing my desktop.

Puron: Favorite book and movie?

Tina: The Princess Bride. Runner up books: anything by Terry Pratchett!

About malikahhalllibrarian

Malikah Hall is a Reference Librarian and Instructional Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University. She was previously the Diversity Fellow, Research Services Librarian, and Lecturer in Law at Cornell University. Malikah is very active in AALL where she is the current RIPS Law Librarian Blog editor, Immediate Past Chair of PEGA-SIS, a member of the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and a member of the AALL Legal Research Competencies Review Special Committee. Malikah graduated from North Carolina Central University with a J.D./M.L.S. joint degree. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her sweet dog and anything true crime related.
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