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February 14, 2020

Job Posting: Branch Librarian

The Wisconsin State Law Library is seeking an innovative and enthusiastic Branch Librarian to direct the Milwaukee County Law Library’s programs, services, and administrative staff. The Milwaukee County Law Library serves state, county and local government, the legal profession, the general public and collaborates with other state, county and local libraries. If you are forward looking and service minded we encourage you to apply for the Branch Librarian position at the Wisconsin Court System (WCS).

The Branch Librarian oversees the day-to-day operations for the Milwaukee County Law Library. The Wisconsin State Law Library is composed of the David T. Prosser Jr State Law Library, Milwaukee County Law Library, and the Dane County Law Library. The library's mission is to serve the legal information needs of the officers and employees of the state, and of attorneys and the public. It provides the highest quality of professional expertise in the selection, maintenance and use of materials, information and technology in order to facilitate equal access to the law.

Learn more and how to apply: https://www.wicourts.gov/courts/employment/index.jsp

In order to be assured consideration, applications must be received by 11:59 PM on March 8, 2020. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

February 11, 2020

Researching treatment courts

The most recent issue of The Third Branch talks about the growth of treatment courts in Wisconsin. These "problem-solving" courts work to address underlying issues related to criminal behavior. According to the article, Treatment court growth driven by strategy, 90 specialty courts already operate throughout Wisconsin, with seven more under development for 2020.

Treatment courts are a growing area of scholarship, and a growing collection in our library. In 2005, the library began to collect drug court research materials at the Dane County Law Library. Now, we've added more to our print collection, as well as through online databases.

The Library's recent research guide, Drug and alternative treatment courts, is a quick start guide to researching these specialty courts. Get links to current standards and reports, as well as recent articles and additions to the library. This guide complements and expands on our Drug & Alternative Treatment Courts legal topic page.

Drug and alternative treatment courts research guide

February 5, 2020

WSLL @ Your Service February 2020

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



In this issue:

State Law Librarian Julie Robinson recaps some of the Library's outreach and collection achievements for 2019. Read more

Lloyd Barbee is an unforgettable member of the Wisconsin Bar. He had a long career as a crusading attorney, an innovative legislator, and a tireless civil rights activist. Read more

Our two featured titles this month are Motivational Interviewing with Offenders: Engagement, Rehabilitation, and Reentry and Therapeutic Justice: Crime, Treatment Courts and Mental Illness. A link to our complete new book list is also included. Read more

“Copy and paste” is probably one of the most useful conveniences in day-to-day life (at least for computer users). A quick work around for formatting issues with Adobe Reader is the “Take a Snapshot” tool. Read more

Learn about our Black History Month display, our latest spring classes, and new research guides. Read more


The Wisconsin Women in Government event on January 28, 2020 honored “Women who raised the bar.” Chief Justice Patience Roggensack, Justice Rebecca Dallet, and Justice Rebecca Bradley, along with First Lady Kathy Evers attended to celebrate “the past and present women of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the many women who have "Raised the Bar" of Wisconsin's judicial system.” Read more

January 30, 2020

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. This is a technical services position that works mainly with the appellate court briefs collection.
Duties include: scanning, processing, and shelving appellate court briefs; data entry, bindery prep, and other collection maintenance activities including shelf-maintenance and 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: $11.25/hour.
Start date: March 2nd, 2020
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. Employment will require a criminal background check.
Deadline for applications: Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

January 21, 2020

Women's suffrage in the latest Wisconsin Counties

The January 2020 issue of the Wisconsin Counties magazine features a collection of articles commemorating 100 years of women's right to vote in the United States. Learn about Wisconsin's role in ratification, get an overview of important milestones, and find a list of classroom resources.

Wisconsin Counties January 2020

January 17, 2020

Libraries Closed on January 20

The State Law Library, and Milwaukee and Dane County Law Libraries will be closed on Monday, January 20th in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. state holiday.

To send 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.

We will respond to questions and requests on Tuesday, January 21st.

January WSLL @ Your Service

The January issue of WSLL @ Your Service is now online. Happy New Year! Your comments are always welcome. 



In this issue:
The Wisconsin Briefs database houses more than 100,000 appellate briefs and appendices, and recently moved to a new website. Read more

New Books
This month's featured titles are Home Business Tax Deductions: Keep What You Earn and Divorce & Money: Making the Best Financial Decisions During Divorce. Don't miss this month's new book list as well! Read more

Tech Tip
This month features two tech tips: resources for the new California data privacy law and a Google Scholar button for your browser. Read more

Library News
Catch up on library staff news and be sure to check out our first CLE classes for the new year. Read more

January Snapshot
Julie attended the annual Beacon & Eggs breakfast to benefit The Beacon. The Beacon is a resource center for individuals who are experiencing homelessness in Madison. Read more

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