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August 8, 2017

New Fiction at the Library

This past month we've added over sixty new books to our Prose & Cons collection, which is fiction with a law or crime-related theme.


We've added several of Robert Parker's Spenser novels, plus John Grisham, Tom Clancy, James Patterson, Clive Cussler, and more. Stop by the library to check out our display in the reading room, and find the perfect book for that last minute summer reading.

July 27, 2017

Madison Job Posting: Library Assistant - Circulation (LTE)

The Wisconsin State Law Library is searching for two part-time library assistants, 22.5 hours per week, for each position. Qualified applicants must be available to work Monday through Friday, 8 AM-12:30 PM or Monday through Friday 12:30 PM to 5 PM.

Duties include: staffing the circulation desk, filing looseleaf services, shelving, moving and shifting book collections and loaded book carts, creating invoices, issuing library cards, and other collection maintenance activities. Skills include: excellent professional and friendly customer service skills in person and on the phone, working well independently and in pairs and teams, working in the circulation system and other computer tasks, cash handling, ability to follow written directions and to do multiple tasks with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail. Pay is $11/hour. Located on bus line, just off the Capitol Square. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to elspeth.gordon@wicourts.gov which must include your hours available to work.


July 24, 2017

Madison Job Posting: Reference and Instruction Librarian

The Wisconsin State Law Library is seeking an outgoing, energetic, and well qualified candidate for a full-time Reference and Instruction Librarian.

LOCATION: Madison, WI

SALARY: Minimum salary of $54,830 (actual salary may change, commensurate with experience).

RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Provides reference and research assistance to library users
  • Manages the State Law Library's public training program.
  • Develops and teaches legal research classes.
  • Participates in marketing and outreach initiatives.
  • Participates in library and other professional activities.
QUALIFICATIONS: Required: (1) Library science or legal research coursework at the graduate level, emphasizing reference, information and on-line services; (2) Legal reference and research skills; (3) Understanding of Judicial, Executive and Legislative functions of all levels of government. (4) Demonstrated ability to teach adult learners; (5) Effective oral and written communication skills; (6) Knowledge of marketing strategies for libraries; Preferred: (7) Master's degree in library science; and (8) demonstrated competence in legal reference, including proficiency in Westlaw, Lexis, PACER and the Internet.

TO APPLY: Please go to the Court System's website http://www.wicourts.gov/courts/employment/apply.htm and submit a cover letter and resume (please combine your cover letter and resume to one document) clearly indicating your qualifications and the position title Reference and Instruction Librarian (#18-1479). If you are unable to apply online please send application materials to human.resources@wicourts.gov or send to: Human Resources, 110 East Main Street Suite 430, Madison, WI 53703-3356, (608) 266-3501 or FAX (608) 261-8293. Failure to follow these procedures may result in your disqualification.

DEADLINE: All applications must be received by 11:59 p.m., Monday, August 7, 2017. The Wisconsin Court System will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants when requested. For additional information on the court system visit our website at www.wicourts.gov.


July 20, 2017

Milwaukee CLE Classes

Get our fall CLE classes on your schedule! Our Milwaukee CLE program is scheduled through November with new classes on using Google tools and search tips to enhance productivity. Two advanced Westlaw classes await learners in October, and our November class focuses on Fastcase and Books Unbound, which is available to users on library computers.

Registration is suggested through the Milwaukee Public Library and space is limited. Call 414-286-3011 to register for these demonstration classes.

Get the full schedule on our website: http://wilawlibrary.gov/learn/classes.html

July 15, 2017

July 20th Library Closed in the Morning for Staff In-Service

The David T. Prosser Jr. State Law Library will be closed from 8 am to 10 am on Thursday, July 20th for a staff in-service. The Dane County Law Library and the Milwaukee County Law Library will be open during this time.

To ask a question to the Wisconsin State Law Library while we are closed, you may call us at 608-267-9696 or Ask a Librarian online.

July 5, 2017

WSLL @ Your Service July 2017

The July issue of WSLL @ Your Service is now online. As always, your comments are welcome. Please direct them to the editor, Kristina Martinez.

In this issue:

wsll logo July 20th Library Closed for Staff In-Service

The David T. Prosser Jr. State Law Library will be closed from 8 am to 10 am on Thursday, July 20th for a staff in-service. The Dane County Law Library and the Milwaukee County Law Library will be open during this time. Read more

youtube clip Free Research with Your Library Card

The Wisconsin State Law Library provides our users access to three major legal databases when they log in with a State Law Library card: Index to Legal Periodicals, LegalTrac, and HeinOnline. Read more

new books New Books

Wisconsin Sentencing in the Tough-on-Crime Era: How Judges Retained Power and Why Mass Incarceration Happened Anyway and Do English-Only Rules Have a Place in the Workplace?: A Legal Research Guide are our two featured titles this month. As always, don't miss our new book list. Read more

flower Tech Tip

Summertime is break time. If you have time to get outdoors and enjoy Wisconsin, you might find these apps interesting and useful. Read more

wsll Library News

Kari Zelinka has been hired as the new Acquisitions Librarian and Emily Shultz is our new library assistant working with the briefs collection. Welcome Kari and Emily! Read more

iowa capitol June Snapshot

Iowa State Capitol, June 2017. Read more

June 27, 2017

Libraries Closed on July 4

Our three library locations will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th for the Fourth of July state holiday. We will respond to questions and requests on Wednesday, July 5th. All three library locations are also open on Monday, July 3rd.

To ask a question while we are closed, you can call us at 608-267-9696 or Ask a Librarian online.

June 14, 2017

Milwaukee Job Opening: Library Associate

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 16-24 hours a week between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday, Wednesday, and every other Friday. Willingness to work flexible hours is extremely important. 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 the days/hours you are available to Jennifer.Haas@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.

June 9, 2017

Legislative History Classes in June and July

There's still time to sign up for our two free, CLE-credit classes on How to Research Legislative History. Learn how to research law sources, drafting files, budget bills, and Supreme Court rule orders in these free classes. The first class is offered on Wednesday, June 14th.

Introduction to Wisconsin Legislative History
Wednesday, June 14, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Wisconsin State Law Library rare book room

I need the legislative history of a Wisconsin statute. Where do I start? What do I do? Get answers to these questions and more by attending, Researching Wisconsin Legislative History: Sources and Strategies. Participants will look at the primary resources used to research Wisconsin legislative history, navigate the online Wisconsin legislative drafting files, and learn some helpful tips and tricks along the way.
FREE. 1 CLE credit. Register Online | Print Registration Form
Advanced Wisconsin Legislative History
Wednesday, July 12, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Wisconsin State Law Library rare book room
I need the legislative history of a Wisconsin statute. Where do I start? What do I do? Participants will look at the primary resources used to research Wisconsin legislative history, learn about the online Wisconsin legislative drafting files, and learn some helpful tips and tricks along the way. This advanced class covers additional search strategies, budget bills, advanced use of drafting records, and Supreme Court rule order research.
FREE. 1 CLE credit. Register Online | Print Registration Form


If you can't make our Madison sessions, don't miss our Milwaukee class:

Researching Wisconsin Legislative History: Sources and Strategies
Thursday, July 6, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Milwaukee Public Library, Central Library

FREE. 1 CLE credit. Registration is suggested through the Milwaukee Public Library and space is limited. Call 414-286-3011 to register. These are demonstration classes.

June 2, 2017

WSLL @ Your Service: June 2017

The June 2017 issue of WSLL @ Your Service is now online. As always, your comments are welcome. Please direct them to the editor, Kristina Martinez.

In this issue: 

raffle tickets Community Raffles: Resource Guide

As summer approaches we gear up for community gatherings and festivals. Our research guide to community raffles help you find the rules and regulations to follow from the State of Wisconsin. Read more

new books New Books

Marijuana Law in a Nutshell and Human Trafficking: Emerging Legal Issues and Application are our two featured titles this month. As always, don't miss our new book list. Read more

laptop Tech Tip

In recent weeks, the computer world has been rocked by a ransomware attack "WannaCry" and a new warning that cybercriminals are embedding dangerous links in social media posts. Read more

sparklers Library News

Summer tours and classes at the library, plus library closures for the July 4th holiday. Read more

sign photo June Snapshot

Street Sign in Alexandria, Virginia, May 2017; Photo by Julie Tessmer. Read more

May 26, 2017

Libraries Closed for Memorial Day

The Wisconsin State Law Library's three locations will be closed on Monday, May 29th for Memorial Day. We will respond to questions and requests on Tuesday, May 30th.

To ask a question while we are closed, call us at 608-267-9696 or Ask a Librarian online.

May 22, 2017

Information literacy (Fake News)

Fake news is not a new phenomenon (see Washington Post opinion article, "Fake news? That's a very old story." by Robert G. Parkinson, November 25, 2016) and can be construed as humorous (see The Onion). The most recent election raised issues that the library profession takes very seriously. Librarians hope to educate patrons on finding credible and reliable sources. The following resources relate to information literacy and explore the emergent issue of fake news coming into the courts.

According to the American Library Association, information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." When in doubt, contact the librarians at the Wisconsin State Law Library to assist in your research.

Educational resources

Law reviews

In the news

Case law


May 16, 2017

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, 10 hours per week. Flexible scheduling available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Duties include: scanning, processing, and shelving appellate court briefs; data entry, bindery preparation, and other collection maintenance activities including shifting of library materials.

Skills include: exceptional organizational skills, above average computing skills, and the ability to follow written directions. Scanning experience is preferred. 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: As early as Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m..

Deadline for applications: Sunday, May 28, 2017

 

 

May 2, 2017

WSLL @ Your Service May 2017

The May issue of WSLL @ Your Service is now online. As always, your comments are welcome. Please direct them to the editor, Kristina Martinez.

In this issue:

national library week display What's New - Kristina Martinez

We recap National Library Week and the Wisconsin State Law Library's birthday. Plus, learn about library closures in May. Read more

new book table This Just In - Amy Crowder

Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and the Law in a Nutshell and International Aspects of U.S. Litigation: A Practitioner's Deskbook are our two featured titles this month. As always, don't miss our new book list. Read more

keyhole Tech Tip - Heidi Yelk

World Password Day is May 4. Experts recommend four steps to protect your digital assets: strong passwords, different passwords for each site, password managers, and multi-factor authentication. Plus, get an introduction to search engine DuckDuckGo. Read more

newspaper Information literacy (Fake News) - Jaime Healy-Plotkin

The most recent election raised issues that the library profession takes very seriously: fake news. Read more

capitol May Snapshot

Enjoy a feature photo from our staff and readers. This month we feature the Wisconsin State Capitol and tulip star, a photo by Jaime Healy-Plotkin. Read more

April 25, 2017

Free Consultations with an Attorney

On Monday, May 1, 2017 volunteer attorneys will provide free consultations in English and Spanish at the Dane County Law Library. These clinics are drop-in only and do not take appointments. This special event only happens once a year on Law Day. Don't miss it!

Free consultations with a volunteer attorney:
English and Spanish Assistance Available!

When: Monday, May 1, 2017
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Where: Dane County Law Library, Room L1007
Dane County Courthouse
215 S. Hamilton St, Madison, WI 53703

Sólo sucede una vez al año…el Dia de la Ley!!
Consultas gratis con un abogado voluntario
Ayuda disponible en inglés y en español
Se atiende por orden de llegada, no aceptan citas

Cuando: Lunes 1º de Mayo 2017
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Where: Biblioteca Legal, Cuarto L1007
La Corte del Condado de Dane
215 S. Hamilton St., Madison WI 53703



April 24, 2017

Congratulations, Law School Graduates!

Did you know that all attorneys licensed in Wisconsin qualify for a free Wisconsin State Law Library card? A library card gives you access to legal databases, such as HeinOnline and Index to Legal Periodicals, plus the ability to check out books from our Madison and Milwaukee locations. 

The Wisconsin State Law Library invites law school graduates to stop by the library for a tour. Interested in obtaining a library card? You can apply for a library card online and learn more about what the Wisconsin State Law Library has to offer!


April 20, 2017

May CLE Classes

Don't forget to register for these three CLE classes in May!

Topics in International Law
Thursday, May 4, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Milwaukee, Milwaukee Public Library, Central Library
FREE. 1 CLE credit. Registration is suggested through the Milwaukee Public Library and space is limited. Call 414-286-3011 to register. These are demonstration classes.
Advanced Westlaw
Tuesday, May 16, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Wisconsin State Law Library training room
Learn how to best utilize Westlaw in this course by: Learning about advanced search and field searching on content category search pages; Harnessing the power of advanced annotation features such as highlighting and foldering; Incorporating Key Numbers and Key Number Searching into your research; Exploring headnotes and other editorial enhancements, such as notes of decisions and statutes index; Covering advanced options for Alerts and Automated searches; Utilizing advanced customization features for "Copy with Reference", Highlighted terms, Result list display, and Document Delivery; Learn how to access Westlaw from other devices.
FREE. 1 CLE credit. Registration is limited to 8. Register Online | Print Registration Form
HeinOnline - What's New and What's Improved
Wednesday, May 24, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: Madison, Wisconsin State Law Library training room

HeinOnline offers an extensive legal research collection, including law reviews, legal periodicals, federal regulations, congressional record, classic treaties and more. In this session, participants will learn about the new features offered from HeinOnline.
FREE. 1 CLE credit. Registration is limited to 8. Register Online | Print Registration Form

April 18, 2017

Come in for Cake on Wednesday, April 19

We're celebrating our 181st birthday on Wednesday! Stop by the library any time between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. for a slice of cake to help us celebrate.

The Wisconsin State Law Library was established in 1836 by the same Act of Congress that created the Territory of Wisconsin and is the oldest library in Wisconsin. 
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April 17, 2017

National Library Week Recap

Thanks for joining us during our National Library Week celebration! The State Law Library had several activities happening this past week, including free CLE classes, a Q&A on Ballotpedia, and a fabulous pie and coffee social.











April 10, 2017

Happy National Library Week!

National Library Week is April 10-14 and the State Law Library has several free classes and social events. Stop by our downtown Madison location for a presentation and Q&A on Ballotpedia, happening Tuesday at noon. And on Thursday, head to the library for socializing, coffee, and pie from 1-3.

Every visitor to the library during the week can play our guessing game to guess the number of pretzels in the display at the circulation desk. The closest two guesses win a prize!


Don't miss these special events: 

Ballotpedia
Tuesday, April 11, Noon
Location: David T. Prosser, Jr. State Law Library rare book room
No registration necessary

Ballotpedia is an online encyclopedia of American politics and elections. A representative from Ballotpedia will present an overview of the website and field questions from the audience.

Stop by for Coffee & Pie
Thursday, April 13, 1 - 3 p.m.
Location: David T. Prosser, Jr. State Law Library

To cap off National Library Week we're hosting a coffee and pie social. Library staff will be available to give demonstrations of our new, free public scanner.

Download event flier

April 2, 2017

WSLL @ Your Service: April 2017

The April 2017 issue of WSLL @ Your Service is now online. As always, your comments are welcome. Please direct them to the editor, Kristina Martinez.

In this issue:

national library week banner What's New

April 10-14 is National Library Week. Join us for CLE classes, a special presentation from Ballotpedia, and on Thursday, coffee and a slice of pie. Read more

new books This Just In

Real estate transactions system and How to succeed as a trial lawyer are our two featured titles this month. As always, don't miss our new book list. Read more

alarm clock Tech Tip

If you're looking for an alarm that fits your wake up style, consider the many alarm clock apps available for your smartphone. Read more

grand canyon Odds 'n' Endings

Read about jokes, hoaxes, and April Fool's Day - including our own April Fool's jokes. Read more

April 1, 2017

LA Law reunion show

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Not since the filming of Public Enemies at the Capitol has a Madison film event been this anticipated. This April the library will host L.A. Law cast and crew as they film the much anticipated reunion show. This planned two hour television event will see half of the cast – old and new – stranded in time. In a desperate search for clues, the "2017" team – led by Blair Underwood's character Jonathan Rollins - will be filmed feverishly reading through classic legal texts looking for clues in old cases and scholarly tomes in order to find their missing coworkers.

Filming will take place in and around the library's rare book room, which also once served as film backdrop for Chad Vader. Filming is expected to begin on April 1st.

New edition of Law of Dollhouses

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With several newly revised chapters, the third edition of Law of Dollhouses is required reading for doll law practitioners. Updated chapters include:
  • Overview of new landlord-tenant laws and their impact on landlord entry, house repair responsibilities and building codes (is play-dough a suitable building material?), and ADA guidelines for rental dollhouses with second stories but no staircases.
  • New small business tips - includes a micromanagement checklist for clients.
  • Plus, an all new chapter: Help! There's a hand in my living room! Handy tips for recurrent home invasions.

New library dress code

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This month, library patrons will have the opportunity to participate in a new program to promote Mock Trial Awareness. Throughout the month of April, library patrons will be encouraged to conduct their research "robed" i.e. wearing a judge or barrister robe.

Don’t own a dress robe? No problem. As you enter the library, look for the "robe rack" to the right of the circulation desk. It will be stocked with various sizes of black robes and other traditional court dress. Library users may choose a robe and optional wig and then go about their business in the library. There will be one scarlet robe, available for "red letter days." Any patron celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or other special day is encouraged to wear the scarlet robe during their time at the library. Other patrons are expected to "yield to the scarlet robe" while in line to check out books, scan books at the library’s new scanner, or take a drink at the bubbler.

March 27, 2017

Book a trip to the State Law Library

National Library Week is April 10-14 and the State Law Library has several free classes and social events. Stop by our downtown Madison location for a presentation and Q&A on Ballotpedia, happening Tuesday at noon. And on Thursday, head to the library for socializing, coffee, and pie from 1-3.

Every visitor to the library during the week can play our guessing game to guess the number of pretzels in the display at the circulation desk. The closest two guesses win a prize!



Here's the full schedule of events:

Public Records
Monday, April 10, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: David T. Prosser, Jr. State Law Library training room
Register Online | Print Registration Form

Learn first hand how to find public records on individuals and businesses in this information packed class. Discover criminal records, state and local court records, business entity records, liens, real estate records, and more. We'll help you find the government agency sources for Wisconsin public records. 1 CLE credit.

Ballotpedia
Tuesday, April 11, Noon
Location: David T. Prosser, Jr. State Law Library rare book room
No registration necessary

Ballotpedia is an online encyclopedia of American politics and elections. A representative from Ballotpedia will present an overview of the website and field questions from the audience.

Wisconsin Legislature Website
Wednesday, April 12, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: David T. Prosser, Jr. State Law Library training room
Registration is limited to 8. Register Online | Print Registration Form

In this hands-on overview of the Legislature's site you'll learn how to track legislative activity, locate bills and acts, and search the online Wisconsin Statutes. You'll also learn about the Legislative Notification Service, and where to find publications of the various Legislative Service Agencies. 1 CLE credit.

Stop by for Coffee & Pie
Thursday, April 13, 1 - 3 p.m.
Location: David T. Prosser, Jr. State Law Library

To cap off National Library Week we're hosting a coffee and pie social. Library staff will be available to give demonstrations of our new, free public scanner.

Download the event flier

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