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February 25, 2013

WSLL Recommends: Sautter's Employment in Wisconsin

Employment in Wisconsin: A Guide to Employment Laws, Regulations, and Practices is a single volume work on state and federal laws that affect the employer/employee relationship and working conditions in the private sector. The author's purpose is to "provide a brief, plainly written summary," with each chapter focusing on an employment related topic:
  • Employment relationship
  • Employment-at-will and employment contracts, agreements and handbooks
  • Hiring and firing
  • Discrimination in employment
  • Wage and hours
  • Benefits
  • Safety in the workplace
  • Workers' compensation
  • Union organizing
  • Record keeping
  • Unemployment compensation
Attorneys and employers will appreciate this book's concise guidance on drafting documents, disclaimers, sample rules, policies, and procedures. Employment in Wisconsin, updated annually, was last supplemented in January 2013.

February 17, 2013

Rent a Meeting Room in Downtown Madison

If you need an attractive meeting room in downtown Madison for a meeting, presentation, or event, consider the rooms at the Wisconsin State Law Library.

You can rent a conference room (pictured right), which seats 8-12 at one rectangular table or our gorgeous Rare Book Room, which can seat 32. A full list of features for each room are available on our Room Rental page.

The library's computer training room offers an intimate hands-on environment for those who need a place to hold training seminars. This room features an instructor's podium, projector, and 8 computers for hands-on training. See our Room Rental page for information on software and equipment features.

Everyone can use the individual user workrooms which are free on a first-come-first-served basis every day. However, if you're planning on doing extensive research at the library you can also rent a lockable workroom for extended use. Browse photos of the user workrooms and try one out during your next visit.

It's easy to reserve a room. Our online room rental and reservation form will walk you through the reservation steps – or you can contact Tammy Keller for more information. Internet and electrical outlets are available in each room and free wifi is available in many areas of the library. More features, photos, and policies are available from our Room Rental page.

February 15, 2013

WSLL at Your Service: February 2013

Our annual year-in-review issue, the February WSLL @ Your Service newsletter is now online.
In this issue:  
  • Looking Back, Moving Forward - by Julie Tessmer, State Law Librarian
  • MLRC: 2012 Busy as Ever, Exciting Developments in 2013
  • Another Good Year @ DCLRC
  • This Just In... - New & updated library materials
  • WSLL Recommends: Immigration Fundamentals
  • Odds 'n' Endings:  Law Book Supplements: They're Like Frosting

February 11, 2013

Sonnet to a Supplement

A book in our library has more to it than just its bound pages. We'll typically update 25 to 30 titles each week with looseleaf filing, pocket parts, or standalone supplements that get shelved next to their main volumes.

It's those last - individually bound supplements - that tend to get missed when a treatise is pulled from the shelf for reading or checkout. That's why our mission this month is to educate our users on those most useful and most-missed volumes. And so we bring you...

Sonnet to a Supplement

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee for the newest case law,
And your fresh legal argument mainstays
Bring updates to the useful book I saw.
Benchbooks stay current with lots of filing.
ALR’s pocket parts are beguiling.
But when you’re bound in a separate book
You can be very easy to overlook.

Corbin on Contracts, Wigmore on Evidence
Where would they be without a supplement?
Bound, shelved adjacent, you form a circle
For the researcher, law past to present.

When pulled from the shelf, there can be no doubt.
I shall love thee far better after checkout.

Happy Valentine's Day!

February 8, 2013

Wisconsin Mining Laws

Are you trying to find out more about mining laws and proposed laws in Wisconsin? Visit our mining legal topic page for links to relevant agencies, current laws, and proposed legislation.

Recent additions to this page include a new Wisconsin Legislative Council memo on the recent ferrous metallic mining bill as well as links to the three bills currently in the Legislature.

Updates and a brief summary of events can be found on the Wisconsin Legislative Spotlight website. Interested researchers can also use RSS feeds to get updates on the current metallic/iron mining bills. Look for the small orange RSS icon at the upper right corner on each bill's page.

We are always on the lookout for new resources to help visitors when they reach our site. Visit our Mining (Metallic and Nonmetallic) legal topic page now and tell us what you think. If you have questions, please Ask a Librarian.

February 3, 2013

New Classes for 2013

For more than ten years the Wisconsin State Law Library has offered on-site seminars for attorneys, legal professionals, and the public. Beginning this year we will also offer live CLE webinars. Webinars will allow us to reach participants throughout the state, from Racine to Rice Lake and beyond.

In addition to our new webinars, we continue to offer a steady list of on-site classes. If you've never tried a webinar or taken a class taught by our librarians, now is a good time to check it out. Through June, webinar classes will be $20.00 per CLE credit. Starting in July, the rate will return to $35.00 per credit.

Westlaw at WSLL
Wednesday, February 13, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Location: Wisconsin State Law Library training room

HeinOnline: The Information Source You Need, Where You Need It
Thursday, March 7, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 12, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Location: Online webinar

Researching Wisconsin Legislative History: Sources and Strategies
Tuesday, June 18, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Location: Wisconsin State Law Library training room

Learn more and sign up for any of these classes now, or watch our classes page for additional classes.

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