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October 1, 2018

WSLL @ Your Service October 2018

The October issue of WSLL @ Your Service is now online. Your comments are welcome! Please direct them to the editor, Carol Hassler.

Six sources we love (Part 2)
We share more of our favorite research sources you can access with your library card. Read more

New books

Tech tip
We’re always on the lookout for free and useful technology tools. We review ilovepdf.com, which we recently began using in the library. Read more

Local government research guide
We've compiled sources in our library and online for researching municipal law questions. Read more

Library news
This issue includes staff news, September blog posts, and your last chance to sign up for fall classes! Read more

October snapshot
The "Golden Bucky" was spotted in September during the Wisconsin Ironman competition in Madison. Read more

September 25, 2018

Financial preparation and natural disasters

Natural disasters crop up unexpectedly, and create financial burdens in their wake. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently released a dedicated guide for individuals preparing, recovering, or rebuilding after disasters and emergencies.
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This guide focuses on managing your finances during or after an emergency. It features articles and links to guides on topics like foreclosure relief, FEMA financial aid, flood insurance, and more.

Learn how to plan your finances and save money for emergencies that may arise in the future.

If you're dealing with the aftermath of a natural disaster read about how to prevent fraud. This page also includes tips for working with contractors and insurance companies.

September 24, 2018

Wisconsin Legislative journals

Assembly and Senate journals can provide insight into past legislatures, as well as open a wonderful window to Wisconsin's history.

The David T. Prosser Jr. Library - our main library - has the journals in microfiche from 1848-1995 and print journals from 1836-1927. The Wisconsin State Law Library also provide easy online access from 1854-1981 to all of our library cardholders through LLMC Digital.

LLMC Digital allows you to search the full text of Senate and Assembly journals, as well as browse through them by year and volume. The journals include roll call data, motions, votes, statements, and speeches on bills from each chamber.

Older volumes may also include letters, committee reports, and financial records. Speeches and presentations preserved in the journals provide valuable insight into Wisconsin's past, such as this excerpt from the 1849 Senate Journal. In this report from the State Library committee, F. A. Sprague makes the case for the addition of a law library to the State Library collection and services. This law library would later become the State Law Library.

"A Law Library, containing the best elementary works not only upon the Common Law of England upon which our statutes are based, but also treatises upon the civil law, in the opinion of your committee, is a matter of very great importance to the State of Wisconsin. It would afford most important facilities to practitioners in our Supreme Court - it would be of great convenience to our Supreme Court Judges; and from these considerations it is evident that it would assist materially in the enlightened dispensation of justice..."
Our library has Wisconsin Legislative journals in the following formats. Ask a librarian for help!

LLMC 1854-1981
Legislature website 1981 to current session
HathiTrust & Google (some)

David T. Prosser Jr. Library
Microfiche 1848- 1995*
Paper in Compact Storage 1836-1927
*1836-1847 in paper only

September 18, 2018

Job posting: Library Associate (Milwaukee)

The Milwaukee County Law Library (MCLL) located in the Milwaukee County Courthouse is seeking candidates for a Library Associate Limited Term Employment (LTE) position. The MCLL is a branch of the Wisconsin State Law Library.

This position is approximately 24 hours a week between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM, 8 hour shifts on selected week days. 40 total hours during a two-week pay period. Hourly wage is $14.70/hour.

Duties include assisting library users in person and on the phone, processing new materials, filing and shelving library materials, assisting with maintenance of the judges' print collections, and maintaining equipment and supplies.

Highly qualified candidates will have excellent customer service skills, cash handling experience, be able to work independently, manage and complete projects on time, and be able to follow directions.

This would be a great position for someone interested in a library or legal career. Enrollment in a library program is preferred.

To be considered, submit a cover letter and resume by e-mail clearly stating your qualifications and week days available to Jennifer.Waite@wicourts.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

The Wisconsin Court System is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants who request them.

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