WSLL @ Your Service August 2008
An E-publication of the Wisconsin State Law Library
This Just In… – Pete Boll
Tech Tip in Brief – Heidi Yelk
Odds ‘n’ Endings – Amy Crowder
|What’s New – Connie Von Der Heide|
Registrations are now being taken for the following legal research classes here at WSLL. Details and registration forms are available on our Classes & Tours webpage. Class sizes are limited, so sign up today!
Using Westlaw at the State Law Library
Finding Wisconsin Public Records
Using the Wisconsin Court System Website
Librarian Saves the Day - and a PC?
A Wisconsin Supreme Court opinion issued in early July has proven to be a bit difficult to locate online. Our Reference staff has helped several customers with it over the past few weeks. Here’s one librarian’s story:
That caller was no doubt exaggerating just a bit, but it goes to show that even savvy computer researchers still need librarians!
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|This Just In… – Pete Boll|
This month’s featured titles include:
New Title! Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges by Antonin Scalia, and Bryan A. Garner.
“Judges can be persuaded only when three conditions are met:
So begins the introduction to this collaborative work by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia and Bryan Garner, a well known legal writer on the topics of advocacy and the effective use of the English language. Since the law began, persuasion has been one of the key skills for attorneys to develop. In this new book Scalia and Garner examine the broad topics of legal persuasion including legal reasoning, briefing, and oral argument. Each topic is further broken down into several detailed sections giving advice on specific techniques to maximize persuasive arguments. Even those outside the legal profession will find this book useful in understanding effective persuasion.
Updated! Bankruptcy Litigation and Practice: A Practioner’s Guide by Thomas J. Salerno, Jordan A. Kroop.
This title serves as the comprehensive reference on bankruptcy litigation topics for legal practitioners in all specialties.
Highlights of the 2008-1 Supplement include:
For assistance in accessing these or other resources, please contact our Reference Desk.
|Tech Tip in Brief – Heidi Yelk|
Taking Notes in High Tech
Most workplaces have come a long way on the road to going “paperless.” However, it’s still commonplace to see note takers using pen and paper at meetings. For this reason, I was intrigued when I saw an advertisement for the Pulse “smartpen” from Livescribe.
This pen is equipped with a camera, microphone and speakers. As the note taker scribbles notes, the pen records audio of the meeting and synchronizes the writing and sound. Later, when the note taker needs clarification of something he wrote, he taps the pen on his notes and the pen plays back the audio from that portion of the meeting. The system requires special “microdot” paper that, according to the developer, will be sold at the same cost as regular notebook paper. It can also be printed at no extra cost. In addition, notes can be transferred to a Windows PC.
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|Odds ‘n’ Endings – Amy Crowder|
Need a vacation? With the days of summer waning and the kids almost ready to go back to school, it may be time to take one. “More than one-third (35%) of employed U.S. adults are most likely to find summer (June, July, and August) to be the most convenient and least stressful time of year to take their vacations.” That’s according to Expedia.com, a travel resource website which conducts an annual International Vacation Deprivation Survey.
Over the eight years in which they’ve conducted such surveys, Expedia.com has found that “the U.S. has long held the dismaying distinction of being the country with the worst vacationing habits.” According to the 2008 survey:
No vacation plans, but want to escape? Enjoy the sun and views of Lake Mendota in the air conditioned comfort of the State Law Library.
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