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November 27, 2015

WSLL Recommends: Sample Social Media Policies

Where do you go when you need to write a social media policy – for your employees or to guide your business or agency’s use of these sites and apps? We have books and databases that can help.

BNA Human Resources Library
Ask a librarian for help using this database.
Analysis and news as well as these model policies: blogging, electronic communications, and social media - which addresses both an employee’s personal and corporate use of social media.

Consultant and independent contractor agreements
KF898 .F57 2014
Are you trying to get your business or agency social media up to snuff? If so, you may be thinking about hiring a social media consultant. This book includes sample consultant agreements from the consultant’s perspective as well as the client’s perspective. Published by Nolo.

Smart policies for workplace technologies
KF3455 .G84 2015
Chapters include analysis and sample policies for employee and corporate use of social media. Published by Nolo.

Social media law
KF1384 .B8 no.91
Extensive discussion of law and business use of social media with sample employee and corporate posting policies, sample takedown requests, policies guiding app use and development, and a sample policy about social media use and document retention. A volume in the BNA Corporate Practice Series.

Social media and local governments
KF5300 .S25 2013
Analysis of social media issues as pertains specifically to government use and civic engagement. Includes a sample municipal social media policy.

Westlaw Forms
Log into WestlawNext on our public computers or wifi.
In addition to many articles and other secondary sources, includes a model National Labor Relations Board social media policy for use by any business.

Wisconsin Law
Even if you already have an existing policy, don’t forget to keep it current! Recently Wisconsin passed the Social Media Protection Act (2013 Act 208). See Wisconsin Statute 995.55 “Internet privacy protection”.

November 24, 2015

Libraries Closed for Thanksgiving

The Wisconsin State Law Library (WSLL) as well as the Milwaukee and Dane County Law Libraries will be closed Thursday, November 26 in observance of the Thanksgiving Day state holiday. On Friday, November 27, the Dane County Law Library will remain closed but WSLL and MCLL will be open regular hours.

To submit a question or request while the libraries are closed, you may call the State Law Library Reference Desk at (608) 267-9696 or use the Ask a Librarian online form. We will respond as soon as possible on November 27. For regular hours, please visit our Locations page.

Image source: By Dimus (English Wikipedia, [1]) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

November 16, 2015

Use the Library After Hours

Would you like the convenience of using the State Law Library later in the evening or on weekends? You can - by becoming an After Hours subscriber. 

After Hours users can use and check out books, use our public computers and databases - including WestlawNext and HeinOnline, make photocopies, and enjoy a quiet space for research and study.

A calendar-year subscription includes access to the library from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and a key fob for convenient entry into the building. New subscribers will gain access from the time they subscribe to the end of the 2016 calendar year. Subscribe now and save!

Are you already an After Hours subscriber? If so, now is the perfect time to renew before the busy holiday season hits. 

November 12, 2015

BadgerLink Scheduled Maintenance

BadgerLink databases, like Academic Search Premier and Newspaper Source Plus, may be unavailable for a limited time this evening beginning at 8 p.m. and extending through 6 a.m. Friday morning.

This maintenance will not affect access to the Hein Online Law Journal Library or Index to Legal Periodicals. For a list of all databases available with your library card, see our Articles & Journals page.

November 6, 2015

Wisconsin Legal Advice Online

Eligible Wisconsin residents can now post basic legal questions for free to Wisconsin Legal Advice Online

To use it, first create an account on the Wisconsin Legal Advice Online website. Check to see if you meet the rules for using the website and make sure you remember your password. You'll need it to log in later to check for an answer to your question. 

How it works

Volunteer attorneys will select the questions they want to answer. You will get an email when an attorney has answered and you can log in to Wisconsin Legal Advice Online to see the answer. 

This project was created by the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission and is also sponsored by the State Bar of Wisconsin's Pro Bono Program.

November 2, 2015

WSLL at Your Service: November 2015

This November our newsletter focuses on technology. Get tips for managing your smartphone, checking websites, and shopping smart online.

In this issue: 
  • What's New: Staff news; New WestlawNext classes; Holiday closings 
  • This Just In: New & updated library materials; Monthly list of new titles 
  • Tech Tip: Data gobbling apps and diagnosing website problems
  • WSLL Recommends: Federal Habeas Corpus Practice & Procedure
  • Odds 'n' Endings: Staying safe on Cyber Monday

As always, your comments are welcome. Please direct them to the editor, Carol.Hassler@wicourts.gov

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