WSLL @ Your Service June 2006
An E-publication of the Wisconsin State Law Library
|What's New -- Heidi Yelk & Connie Von Der Heide||Tech Tip in Brief -- Heidi Yelk|
UW-Madison Library School Students Visit WSLL
On April 20, WSLL hosted several students from the UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies for a tour of the library and a lunchtime question-answer session with Madison area law librarians about careers in law librarianship. During the daylong event the students also visited the library of Madison law firm LaFollette, Godfrey & Kahn, and the University of Wisconsin Law Library. The following day, law librarians in Milwaukee offered a similar event there for students at the UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies.
WSLL Staff News
Connie Von Der Heide, Director of Reference & Outreach Services, has been re-appointed to a second year on the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Communications Committee. The Committee serves as the editorial board for the Wisconsin Lawyer magazine and oversees other State Bar print and electronic communications.
Jane Colwin, State Law Librarian, spoke at the 2006 State Bar of Wisconsin annual convention in Madison last month. She was one of four panelists in a presentation on citing to Internet resources in appellate court opinions.
Another Tool to Fight Repetitive Stress Injuries?
Delvin’s blog questions why we are still tied to the QWERTY keyboard layout, which was designed to prevent the jamming of typewriter keys. With the advent of electronic typewriters and computers, the QWERTY keyboard arrangement is unnecessary, yet it persists as the standard.
Delvin’s blog highlights the Dvorak keyboard and notes an interesting theory: the Dvorak keyboard arrangement is less likely to cause injury, such as carpal tunnel or repetitive stress injuries (RSI). Under the Dvorak arrangement, the most commonly used letters are located on the home row, shortening the distance fingers travel over the keyboard. While I found no medical studies on the Dvorak keyboard and RSI, personal success stories abound.
Changing from a QWERTY keyboard to a Dvorak arrangement is impractical for most users. But those who suffer repetitive stress injuries might find the change is worth it. Fortunately, converting a QWERTY keyboard to a Dvorak keyboard is fairly simple. A few clicks in the Control Panel is all it takes. As far as learning the new keyboard, Dvorak enthusiasts have posted several typing tutorials to help new users learn and practice the Dvorak layout.
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|This Just In... -- Pete Boll||Learn @ The Law Library -- Connie Von Der Heide|
This month’s featured titles include:
NEW TITLE! Wisconsin Politics and Government: America’s Laboratory of Democracy / James K. Conant. University of Nebraska Press, 2006
Throughout the twentieth century, Wisconsin won national visibility and praise for its role as a “laboratory of democracy” within the American federal system. In Wisconsin Politics and Government James K. Conant traces the development of the state and its Progressive heritage from the early territorial experience through contemporary times. Conant discusses the four major periods of institutional and policy innovation that occurred in Wisconsin during the twentieth century, and he examines the state’s constitution, legislature, office of the governor, courts, political parties and elections, interest groups, social welfare policy, local governments, state-local relations, and current and emerging issues.
NEW TITLE! Environmental and Real Estate Law / Michelle Behnke et al. State Bar of Wisconsin CLE Books, 2006
Produced by the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin, this is the second in their projected nine-volume Wisconsin Business Advisor Series.
Focusing on attorneys representing business clients, Behnke et al address three major areas of interest. Chapter One, “Environmental Considerations for Business Organizations,” provides an overview of typical federal and state environmental laws that generally apply to businesses that conduct industrial, agricultural, or development activities that might affect the environment. Chapter Two focuses on the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). Commonly known as Superfund, CERCLA was enacted by Congress on December 11, 1980 to address environmental and health concerns surrounding inactive and abandoned hazardous waste sites. The third chapter, “Real Estate Law,” deals with the legal aspects of siting a business, such as ownership vs. leasing, and zoning and operational regulations. An appendix of environmental acronyms, a table of cases, and a table of statutes, regulations and rules are also included.
We also have volume one of the series, Securities, Mergers, and Acquisitions, call number KFW 2614.A1 W575 2006. Future titles are to include: Business Litigation, Business Organizations, Collections and Bankruptcy, Commercial and Consumer Transactions, Employment Law, General Business Issues, and Intellectual Property Law. Look for them at the State Law Library as they become available!
Here’s our schedule of classes through December. Space is limited, so register today to reserve your seat. Additional information and registration forms are available on our Classes & Tours webpage.
25 Legal Tech Tips in 90 Minutes
Using Loislaw.com @ the State Law Library: How Does It Work?
Mining for Company Nuggets: Locating Corporate Information on the Internet
Introduction to Google Scholar and Google Book Search
Wisconsin Briefs Online
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