Author Archives: lorajohns

About lorajohns

Linguist, lawyer, librarian. B.A. in linguistics from Dartmouth College. J.D. from Yale Law School.

Expecting the Unexpected

By Elizabeth Schiller For many libraries across the Southeastern US, this past week was an exercise in patience and planning for potential impact from Hurricane Florence. This time last week, most meteorological predictions expected the hurricane would reach my library … Continue reading

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Destigmatizing Mental Health Talk in Law School: Reflections for a New School Year

Earlier this week, my community witnessed an undergraduate suicide. Thomas Lawrence, class of 2021, was originally scheduled to graduate in 2019. His head of college noted in a community message that Thomas had had bipolar disorder. It’s unclear whether Thomas … Continue reading

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Congratulations to the 2018 RIPS-SIS Awards Winners!

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 … Continue reading

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Leadership and Charisma for the Female Librarian

by Lora Johns I recently read Anne Helen Peterson’s book Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman. Peterson, a professor turned BuzzFeed culture writer, explores the boundaries of acceptable femininity and the famous … Continue reading

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How Do We Engage with Ideas that Make Us Uncomfortable?

by Lora Johns Imagine a patron comes to you at the reference desk. They want to write a term paper, an op-ed, maybe even an amicus brief, and they need research help. The topic is race. Specifically, their thesis is … Continue reading

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Not Just Winter Blues: Can the Library Help Improve Law Student Mental Health?

by Lora Johns March is dreary, gray, and cold. The vivid reds of autumn leaves and apples faded so long ago they might never have been at all. The promise of springtime sun and flowers feels more like a lie—in … Continue reading

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Net Neutrality: What Law Librarians Need to Know

by Lora Johns Net neutrality. It’s one of those terms that’s been slung around so often lately that it’s reached semantic saturation. Like fake news, or covfefe. But you can’t be a law librarian and not care about net neutrality. … Continue reading

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