WSLL @ Your Service January 2009
An E-publication of the Wisconsin State Law Library
Your Library Resolutions for 2009 – Amy Crowder
This Just In… – Julie Tessmer
Tech Tip in Brief – Heidi Yelk
Odds ‘n’ Endings – Carol Hassler
|What’s New – Connie Von Der Heide|
There are still openings available in our January class:
Corporate Information Online
Registrations for February through July 2009 classes are also being accepted at this time. From finding online Wisconsin appellate briefs to searching BadgerLink for medical information, there’s bound to be a class that offers the information and instruction you’re looking for to become a better researcher. Visit our Classes & Tours page for class descriptions and registration information.
WSLL now offers Wi-Fi Internet Access
Library users at WSLL can now access the Internet wirelessly! Just stop by the Circulation Desk and ask for the Wi-Fi password, which changes daily. Wired internet access also remains available. If you don't have your own Cat5 cable, you may sign one out from the Circulation Desk.
State Law Library program highlights services & resources for attorneys
In an effort to reach out to more small firm and solo practice attorneys in Wisconsin, the State Law Library has developed an hour-long presentation highlighting its resources and services and taken it to local bar and legal associations. Audiences have included the Dane and Green County Bar Associations, and this month we’ll present the program to the Buffalo/Jackson/Pepin/Trempealeau County Bar Association in Black River Falls, and the Legal Association for Women located in Madison. Other local bar or legal associations interested in hosting this presentation may contact Connie Von Der Heide, Director of Reference & Outreach Services, at 608-266-1600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Your Library Resolutions for 2009 – Amy Crowder|
January is traditionally the month when we look to the future and think about how we can do things better. Maybe you want to use your time more efficiently or you want to be a more effective legal researcher. We offer a few suggestions on ways the Library can help you keep your resolutions.
In 2009, resolve to…
Happy New Year!
|This Just In… – Julie Tessmer|
Resolve to get the most of out of the library in 2009 by using our print collection of Wisconsin materials.
New Seminar Materials
Evidence: Strategies for Finding, Preserving and Using Evidence to Support Your Case, by Charles W. Kramer
O’Brave New World: New Horizons in Employee Privacy Law
What Civil Court Judges Want You to Know, by Robert J. Kasista
Fine’s Wisconsin Evidence; A Quick Guide to Courtroom Evidence, by Ralph Adam Fine
Real Estate Transactions System, by John L. Horwich
Wisconsin Governmental Claims and Immunities Handbook, by Joseph P. Guidote, Jr.
Updates to the Wisconsin Practice Series
Elder Law, by Jay E. Grenig
Elements of an Action, by Jay E. Grenig
For assistance in accessing these or other resources, please contact our Reference Desk.
|Tech Tip in Brief – Heidi Yelk|
Google’s Magazine archive includes searchable print ads
Google recently added a small, full text magazine archive to the Google Books portion of their site. Like other aspects of Google Books, it’s difficult to discover the exact coverage and title list of the current archive collection. Titles include Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Ebony, Prevention, and New York Magazine.
What I find most interesting about the magazine archive of Google Books is that it is a complete scan of the entire magazine. Most article databases include only the text of the article, leaving out graphic and advertisements. The Google archive includes the entire magazine, cover to cover. What’s more, the words in the advertisements, as well as the text of articles, are searchable. A search for “spark plugs,” for example returned several articles on cleaning spark plugs, making spark plugs last longer, etc. It also returned a 1956 advertisement for a new spark plug invention from the Life Long Spark Plug Corporation. Currently, there are no legal journals in the magazine archive. However, the inclusion of keyword searchable print ads may make the archive useful for patent research.
Don’t forget the (rechargeable) batteries
If you received holiday gifts that included the reminder “Don’t forget the batteries!” you might be interested in the latest on rechargeable batteries. As explained in this Holiday Technology Guide rechargeable batteries have come a long way. Some recharge in as little as 15 minutes.
Rechargeable batteries are environmentally friendly because they can be reused and most can be recycled. Use this website to find a collection location near you.
For a helpful guide on using recyclable batteries, check out Rechargeable Batteries and Chargers: A Personal Perspective and Rechargeable Batteries Technote.
|Odds ‘n’ Endings – Carol Hassler|
This year, I resolve to…
And now some resolutions for you, gentle reader…
New Year’s Day in History
1836 Wisconsin Territory is created (For this and other landmarks, see On this day in Wisconsin history, WI Historical Society)
1892 Annie Moore, a fifteen year old Irish girl, leads the ranks of more than 12 million immigrants through the doors of the Ellis Island Immigration Station. (For this and other landmarks, see This Day In History, Library of Congress)
1942 Sales of new cars and trucks to civilians prohibited. All manufacturing is now directed towards the war effort. (For this and other landmarks, see This Day in History, History.com)
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