Greetings everyone and welcome to a new year for LISP-SIS!

My name is Sarah Larsen and I am the Chair of LISP for 2021-2022. It is a bit daunting to be taking on this role right now, but I’m excited about the possibilities for LISP during this time of transition. As we begin to welcome patrons back into our libraries, this is a great time for us to consider the lessons we have learned during the last year and a half. LISP members have been innovative in creating new strategies to reach patrons remotely and evaluating practices to create a more just and inclusive environment for all. I’m excited to work with all of you to continue this important work over the coming year.

None of LISP’s work happens in a vacuum, so I’d like to take a moment to recognize our departing Executive Board member, Catherine McGuire. She has brought a wealth of knowledge and creativity to the board, and whether she likes it or not, I’ll be continuing to consult her for advice going forward. I would also like to recognize Luis Acosta, Jessica Almeida, Artie Berns, Nicole Dyszlewski, Brian Huffman, David McFadden, Shanna Pritchett, and Rebecca Sherman for generously donating their time as LISP Committee Chairs.

One of the things I hope to accomplish this year is to get more LISP members involved with our activities, especially our newer members. Joining a committee is a great way to get leadership experience in AALL. I hope you will all consider volunteering for LISP if you are not already doing so. Feel free to contact me or the other members of the Executive Board if you have any questions or would like to know more about the opportunities available.  

Finally, I’d like to introduce you to our 2021-2022 LISP Executive Board! The LISP leadership team is comprised of me; Jessica Almeida, Vice Chair/Chair Elect; Lisa Heidenreich, Secretary/Treasurer; and Pauline Afuso, Past Chair.

Members of the 2021-2022 LISP-SIS Executive Board

Sarah Larsen, Chair

I am the Outreach Librarian at the Minnesota State Law Library in St. Paul, Minnesota.  In my spare time, you can find me knitting, sewing, reading, cheering on Minnesota United FC (Go Loons!), relaxing with my cats Fitz and Georgie, and exploring local restaurants and breweries. I also just bought a house, so please feel free to share your first-time homeowner advice with me!

Jessica Almeida, Vice Chair/Chair Elect

Jessica is a Public Services Librarian at the University of Massachusetts School of Law in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. She is also the co-editor of the LISP/SR blog and has done an incredible job of recruiting guest authors and revitalizing the blog. When she is not generously donating her time to LISP, Jessica enjoys gardening, baking, and taking her kids hiking or to the beach.

Lisa Heidenreich, Secretary/Treasurer

Lisa is excited to be returning as Secretary/Treasurer for a second year. She is the Interim Director at Mitchell Hamline School of Law Library in St. Paul, Minnesota and a graduate of Mitchell Hamline College of Law. When she is not at school helping students, alumni or the public find answers to their questions, she can be found working in her garden or relaxing on her deck with her dog, a book, and a cold beverage. She is a big fan of live music and goes to shows whenever she can. She also enjoys attending soccer (Go Loons!) and baseball games (Go Twins!) with her family.

Pauline Afuso, Past Chair

Pauline Afuso is a reference librarian at the Ramsey County Law Library in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has worked in academic, law firm, court, and county law libraries, and she also spent over a decade working at Thomson Reuters implementing new research features on Westlaw. She received her M.L.S. from UCLA’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law. In her spare time, she dabbles in many of the Etsy-ish arts – knitting, quilting, and cardmaking, and she is also learning how to make delicious food with her Instant Pot.

I am so hopeful that we will be able to gather in person in Denver next summer. Until then, stay well!