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October 31, 2016

Slavery in America and the World: a new HeinOnline collection

HeinOnline now offers global access to a new collection, Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law. Library card holders and visitors to our libraries can browse this collection through the library's subscription to HeinOnline.

According to HeinOnline:
Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law brings together, for the first time, all known legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world, as well as materials on free African-Americans in the colonies and the U.S. before 1870. Included are every statute passed by every state and colony, all federal statutes, all reported state and federal cases on slavery, and hundreds of books and pamphlets on the subject. In total, the collection contains more than 1,000 titles and nearly 850,000 pages.
While the collection is readily available to library users and cardholders, anyone can register with HeinOnline for free access to this collection. Visit the HeinOnline collection guide for more information and to register.

October 24, 2016

Job Posting: Library Assistant

Are you a detail-oriented individual looking for part-time work? The Wisconsin State Law Library is searching for a Library Assistant, 15 hours per week. Qualified applicants must be available to work 3 consecutive hours between the hours of 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 5 days a week, Monday through Friday.
Duties include: scanning, processing, and shelving appellate court briefs; staffing the circulation desk, cash handling, and invoice creation; bindery preparation, data entry, and other collection maintenance activities.

Skills include: exceptional organizational skills, above average computing skills, excellent customer service skills, and the ability to follow written directions. Library and/or scanning experience is helpful but not required. A demonstrated ability to do multiple tasks with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail is required!

Pay: $9.67/hour.

Start date: Monday, November 14, 2016

Location: The Wisconsin State Law Library is located on a bus line, just off the Capitol Square at 120 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Madison.

To apply: Please email your resume and cover letter to Angela.Humiston@wicourts.gov. You must include your hours available for work.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Flu Shots and the Law

We are asked this time of year whether employees are required to get flu vaccines. This short list of links is intended to help you begin your research.

Wisconsin laws & legislation on human vaccination 

Recent subject indexes to legislation show bills relating to vaccination that have not passed to become law.

Photo by Cpl. Jackeline Perez Rivera via Wikimedia Commons

Mandatory flu shots in the workplace

Vaccination resources for businesses and employees

October 20, 2016

State Law Library Naming Ceremony

The Wisconsin State Law Library's downtown Madison location was named the David T. Prosser, Jr. State Law Library during a ceremony on Wednesday, October 20, 2016. The event, attended by a number of public officials, marked Prosser's 40 years of public service on the Supreme Court, Tax Appeals Commission, and Legislature prior to his retirement in July of 2016.

Last night's ceremony was also an opportunity to highlight the library's 180 years of service to the State of Wisconsin.

"Some have called law libraries 'the lawyer’s laboratory.' It is a lawyer's laboratory because lawyers and judges and others do investigative work here - just as a chemist may do investigative work in her laboratory," Chief Justice Roggensack said in a press release issued by the Wisconsin Court System.

The library is proud to continue to provide our professional expertise and outstanding collection to legal researchers throughout Wisconsin. Our three library locations in Madison and Milwaukee serve users through email and phone, as well as in person. All of our libraries are open to the public. Stop on by, give us a call, or send us an email.

October 12, 2016

WSLL at Your Service: October 2016

Have you read our October newsletter yet? Don't miss our monthly spotlight on new books, as well as a tech tip on collaborating with Google Docs.

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October 11, 2016

Vote on November 8th

The November 8th general election is just around the corner. If you haven't voted yet, take some time to find out how to get to your polling location and preview your local ballot.

Sign in to My Vote Wisconsin to see your polling location, voter registration status, and sample ballot. If you voted absentee, you can check whether your ballot has been recorded as received on this website as well.

Choose "My Voter Info", enter your information, and see your voting information, including the status of any absentee ballot you may have already submitted. You can also learn how to register to vote from this website.

From "What's on My Ballot", enter your information to see the sample ballot for your location. Learn about local elections and special ballot measures before you head to the polls by previewing your ballot here.

Voter photo ID is required. Visit Bring it to the Ballot to learn more.

Bring it to the Ballot

Where Are Our Users?

This past September we celebrated Library Sign-Up Month encouraging users to sign up for a library card. Library card holders can check out library materials from any of our three libraries and sign in to online databases to research primary law, legal news, and articles. You can sign up online for a library card, or call 608-266-1600 for a replacement card.

Do you live out of state? Attorneys licensed in Wisconsin are eligible for library cards. In fact, we have a number of library card holders outside of Wisconsin, including Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Ohio. See the map below for more details.

 Learn more on our Library Card Sign-Up page and find out what a Wisconsin State Law Library card can do for you.

October 3, 2016

Researching Commercial Leases

When drafting a commercial lease agreement, entering into a new lease, or challenging provisions of a lease, you want access to authoritative information. Our Commercial Lease guide includes top books and online sources in our library for analysis and sample form language. 

Start your research with our Commercial Lease guide. Our Start Here guides are quick lists of informative materials in the library's print and online collections. Everything listed in this guide is available at the Wisconsin State Law Library and can be checked out with one of our library cards

Start Here: Commercial Leases book list and guide

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