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Longtime Law Librarian Announces Retirement

July 12, 2016

Ruth Patterson Funabiki, longtime head of Technical Services for the University of Idaho Law Library, has announced her retirement, effective July 29, 2016.

Funabiki has spent more than 30 years working within the Idaho and national library communities. During her time at the University of Idaho, she served on many university-wide committees, including as chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee, and she has devoted much time and energy to helping provide library service to public libraries throughout Idaho. She was instrumental in obtaining the initial grant for the Court Assistance Project, developed by the UI Legal Aid Clinic and now used statewide. The website provides tools and information for people who want to represent themselves in court, or who are unable to afford an attorney and would otherwise be unable to get their day in court. She was also active at the national level in the American Association of Law Libraries, serving on committees and as chair of the Voyager/ Alma users group.

Funabiki is looking forward to playing on her violin, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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