View More: http://retrospectimages.pass.us/stephanie-ron-receptionBooks are a significant part of my life. I am drawn to book collecting, book binding, book repair and conservation, writing books, reading, and other explorations of the book as an object of art and as a container of human knowledge and imagination.

What is a book? Why do physical books matter in an age of consuming information digitally?

I spent over 10 years working in legal technology. I had a research fellowship at Stanford Law School where I wrote about the application of gamification and technology on the legal profession. I live in Silicon Valley where I’m surrounded by the latest innovations in digital technology. Why printed books? That’s what this blog will be about.

I have spent more than twenty years thinking about the value of the printed book and incorporating working with books into my life while pursuing a professional career and raising a family.

Current Book Exploration

  • Book collecting and private libraries
  • Printing and fine press books
  • Book arts
  • Book binding
  • Book repair
  • Science behind how the brain reads
  • Book conservation
  • Researching and writing about the history of the book
  • Currently studying Rare Books and Book Collecting, Printing, Typography, and Artists Books through California Rare Book School

There are people who approach books from one or two of these angles. I am acquiring a well-rounded knowledge of printing and the book. I am very interested in the building of personal and private library collections, their preservation, and the ways they can be disseminated back into the reading public or to collectors. Each of these areas of study expand my understanding of the printed book and its continued and evolving place in our world.

Book Life Experience

Working towards a Professional Certificate in Rare Books and Manuscripts from the California Rare Book School out of UCLA.

Certificate in Core Bookbinding – San Francisco Center for the Book

Classes taken at the San Francisco Center for the Book:

  • Book Repair I & II
  • Coptic
  • Fishbone fold
  • Vellum
  • Flatback Cloth
  • Rounded Back Cloth
  • Orientation to Leather
  • Leather I
  • Titling and Tooling Core I
  • Box Making
  • Introduction to Letterpress

California Rare Book School Classes

  • August 2016, “Book as Object: a curatorial exploration” taught by Peter Koch
  • August 2017, “Printing at the Margins: The History of Women Printers” taught by Kathleen Walkup

2 years book repair and conservation volunteer in Cincinnati Museum Center Preservation Department, including microfilming project for the Lloyd Library Rare Book Collection.

Conservation project for the Papers of William J. Butler, an International Human Rights Lawyer, at the Cincinnati Law Library

Volunteer book repair projects for the New Hanover County Public Library History Room

Volunteer repair of NC Law Books for the library at the Law Firm of Ken Shanklin, Wilmington, NC

Volunteer book repair for the library at Bowman Montessori School

Abbreviated Past Life Professional Experience

Research Fellow, Stanford Law, Center for the Legal Profession – Published two papers examining the use of gamification and games to increase access to justice for the public and the use of gamification to increase productivity in law firms.

Author of four books published for the legal profession:

  • Online Legal Services for the Client-Centric Law Firm, an International Report published by Managing Partner, a global resource on law firm management and a division of Ark Group Publishing, UK, August 2013.
  • Consumer Law Revolution: The Lawyers’ Guide to the Online Legal Marketplace, ABA/LPD, March 2013.
  • Limited Scope Legal Services: Unbundling and the Self-Help Client, ABA/LPD, 2012.
  • Virtual Law Practice: How to Deliver Legal Services Online, ABA/LPD, 2010, second edition 2015.

Founder and owner of Virtual Law Office Technology which was acquired by a Chicago-based company in 2010.

Owner of Kimbro Legal Services, a law firm founded in 2006 and closed in 2012.

Chair of the ABA Law Practice Division’s Ethics and Professional Responsibility Task Force

Member of the ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services

Member of the ABA Presidential Task Force on Solo/Small Firms

Member of the ABA eLawyering Task Force

Advisory Board Member of the International Legal Technology Standards Organization (ILTSO)

Member of the Legal Cloud Computing Association

Member of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) Law Practice Management Council and Technology Advisory Committee

Board Member of Legal Services National Technology Assistance Project (NTAP)

Numerous Presentations and Papers over a ten year period

Academic 

B.A. Centre College, Danville, Kentucky (a small, private, liberal arts college)

M.A., History, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

J.D., University of Dayton Law School, Ohio

Research Fellow, Stanford Law, Center for the Legal Profession