WSLL @ Your Service February 2009
An E-publication of the Wisconsin State Law Library
MLRC 2008 Highlights – Rebecca Knutson, MLRC Branch Librarian
DCLRC 2008 Highlights – Lisa Winkler, DCLRC Branch Librarian
Odds ‘n’ Endings – Connie Von Der Heide
|2008 in Review – Jane Colwin, State Law Librarian|
2008 was another productive year for the State Law Library – all of us have worked hard to continue to serve you while coping with absent staff, an unexpected and fairly large blow to our budget, ever-increasing book and online services costs, and the impact of our nation’s current economy on public libraries in general and our library in particular. According to the Jan. 15th, 2009 Wall Street Journal, public libraries are experiencing up to 65% increases in attendance even as their budgets are being cut – as people turn to their public libraries to use their computers to look for jobs, to borrow books, CDs and videos rather than purchase them, and to attend free and/or low cost programming. Although our use is not up 65%, we are seeing increased use of our public computers, greater numbers of self represented litigants seeking assistance with forms and procedures, and our circulation remains steady. We know the economy is affecting all of you – court and law firm budgets are not exempt – and we will continue our efforts to provide books, online materials and services to assist you as you cope.
Some highlights from 2008:
Both the Dane and Milwaukee County Legal Resource Centers have separate updates in this newsletter – be sure to read about what these busy libraries have been up to over the past year. I would like to thank the judges, Clerks of Court and county officials for their support of these libraries – MLRC begins its 13th year of operation in 2009 and DCLRC just finished its 10th anniversary year.
Acquisitions Librarian Pete Boll, who also serves as a Lieutenant Junior Grade in the Navy, was deployed to Kuwait last fall in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Pete is working at the Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group Headquarters. He sends the staff updates and photos of his new surroundings as time permits. All remaining WSLL staff have pitched in to cover his work and will be glad for his safe return later this year.
Rachel Holtan received her Master’s degree from the UW-Madison School of Library & Information Studies in December 2008 – we supported her academic efforts as she continued to work full time and are very proud to have another staff member join the profession.
Richard Hsia, our Circulation Desk Attendant and the “voice” of the library since 2005 left in December to take a position with the Legislative Reference Bureau. Due to budget concerns we are not able to fill this position yet, so don’t be surprised to see a variety of “new people” at the Circulation Desk as everyone on our staff takes a turn.
I want to thank all of our staff for the incredible job they do every day – especially now, when we are all wearing many hats and doing many jobs. Everyone has willingly taken on the added work, even though their own work goals and deadlines are flying out the window. What a great team!
And finally, a thank you to all of you who have called, emailed, used our website or visited our libraries. We enjoy working with you, having you in class, helping you find answers to your questions and seeing you in the library engrossed in your laptop and/or surrounded by stacks of books. We look forward to serving you in 2009.
|Milwaukee Legal Resource Center (MLRC) 2008 Highlights – Rebecca Knutson, MLRC Branch Librarian|
It was another busy year for the MLRC as the number of pro se litigants needing assistance and purchasing forms continued to grow. The welcome increase in the number of forms for self represented litigants on the Wisconsin Supreme Court website has been matched by an increase in the number of users asking for assistance in finding, downloading, printing and completing them.
|Dane County Legal Resource Center 2008 Highlights – Lisa Winkler, DCLRC Branch Librarian|
2008, our tenth year of operation, brought many exciting challenges and activities. Here are some of the highlights:
The DCLRC would like to thank all of its supporters and collaborators for the assistance, encouragement and partnership it has received throughout 2008. We look forward to all that 2009 has to bring!
|Odds ‘n’ Endings – Connie Von Der Heide|
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20 - On this date in 1792, President George Washington signed the Postal Service Act, creating the U.S. Postal Service Department. The act outlined Congress’ power to establish official mail routes, enact criminal penalties for mail tampering and identify the types of mail to be carried. The newly created department served 4 million people over 2,400 miles. Source: Today in Legal History
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