WSLL @ Your Service January 2008
An E-publication of the Wisconsin State Law Library
What's New - Amy Crowder
Preferred Searching - Amy Crowder
Got Milk? How About a Library Card? - Connie Von Der Heide
This Just In... - Pete Boll
Exhibit at Solo/Small Firm Conference - Connie Von Der Heide
Learn @ the Law Library
Odds 'n' Endings - Julie Tessmer
The Wisconsin State Law Library and Milwaukee and Dane County Legal Resource Centers will be closed Monday, January 21, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
|What's New - Amy Crowder|
State Law Library Catalog Debuts New Look, More Features
After months of preparation, our Library Catalog's new interface debuted on January 3rd. In addition to the updated look, it now provides greater functionality and more interactivity with our website. It also offers several new user-friendly features that allow you to customize and save your searches and alert you to new materials added to our libraries' collections:
These new features are designed to help you locate items in our collection and access our electronic resources even more easily than before. To get you started searching the new catalog, here's a brief online tutorial.
The next two articles provide additional information on using both Preferred Search and New Titles, and future newsletter issues will cover all the other new and improved catalog features. In the meantime, please contact our Reference Desk for any assistance you may need.
|Preferred Searching - Amy Crowder|
"Preferred Search" Helps You Save Time and Stay Current
Now you can optimize your valuable research time by saving your Library Catalog searches. Preferred Search lets you run a search, save it, and return to it at a later time.
To save your Preferred Search:
Next time you can simply log into your My Record account and retrieve your “Preferred Searches.” For quick identification they're arranged by search type (author, title, topic). Simply click the “Search” link adjacent to the preferred search you want to run again. As your research needs change, you can easily remove searches by checking “Mark to Remove” and selecting “Update List."
Preferred Search can also alert to you to new library materials. If you choose to use this feature, you'll automatically receive an email alert anytime we add a new item associated with an author, title, or topic you've saved as a Preferred Search.
To set up Email Alerts:
|Got Milk? How About a Library Card? - Connie Von Der Heide|
If you're like me, you probably can't imagine life without some of Wisconsin's state beverage on your morning cereal or with your favorite cookies. Having a WSLL library card is pretty important, too. It allows you not only to take advantage of all the new timesaving and "work smart" features of our Library Catalog, but it also gives you remote access to some of the legal research databases we offer - anytime, anywhere, and from any Internet-equipped device.
Wisconsin State Law Library cards are unique to our libraries. This means that even if you already have a card from your public library or another law library, you'll need one of our cards in order to borrow books from any of our three locations, or to take advantage of remote access to LegalTrac and HeinOnline.
Who's eligible for a State Law Library card?
How much does a library card cost?
How do I get one?
Yes, it's really that simple. So stop in, pick up the phone, or send us an email today! Oh - and on the way home, don't forget the milk....
|This Just In... - Pete Boll|
Brand New! WSLL's New Titles List
This month, instead of featuring two or three specific new titles added to our collection, I’m pleased to highlight an exciting new feature of our re-designed Library Catalog - New Titles lists.
Each month we will now post a list of new titles added to our collection that month. Each list will be divided into as many as 40 general topic areas, with a user-friendly "Jump” feature that lets you go directly to the titles in your particular topics of interest. Examples of topics include:
To make them even more useful, each listed title will be hyperlinked to its full Library Catalog record. This means you can simply click on the title to see detailed information such as which volumes the library has and whether they're currently available, and access an electronic version of the publication if there is one.
Monthly lists will be archived for one year, allowing you to go back and quickly review all new titles added over the past 12 months.
Don't worry, next month I'll resume my regular in-depth summaries of selected new titles, editions, and supplements. But I encourage (and will remind) you to check New Titles for complete listings. It's yet another great way to stay informed on what's Just In!
|WSLL, MLRC, DCLRC exhibit at Solo/Small Firm Conference - Connie Von Der Heide|
With the help of Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin (LLAW), five Wisconsin public law libraries were able to exhibit their resources and services during the 2007 Wisconsin Solo & Small Firm Conference held at Milwaukee’s Italian Conference Center on November 29 and 30. Hosted jointly by the Milwaukee Bar Association and the State Bar of Wisconsin, the conference attracted over 200 solo and small firm practitioners and featured two full days of programming in four different tracks: substantive law, practice management, technology, and ethics/quality of life.
Over thirty vendor-sponsors exhibited their products and services, including an LLAW-sponsored booth featuring Marquette University Law Library, UW Law Library, Wisconsin State Law Library, and the Milwaukee and Dane County Legal Resource Centers. Each library provided a laptop, display materials, and staff who worked the booth in shifts. LLAW publications were also on display. Many conference attendees stopped by during program breaks to view the libraries’ web sites and electronic resources, register for borrower cards, and learn about the services these libraries offer.
Connie Von Der Heide, Wisconsin State Law Library, coordinated the exhibit booth staffing, equipment and setup. The following WSLL, MLRC and DCLRC staff worked at the booth and/or assisted with displays and equipment: Jane Colwin, Amy Witt Crowder, Ben De Young, Carol Hassler, Rebecca Knutson, Kate Roherty, Art Saffran, Julie Tessmer, and Lisa Winkler. We sincerely thank LLAW for providing the exhibit space funding, and Marquette and UW Law Libraries for their contributions and participation.
|Learn @ the Law Library|
Register now for these upcoming hands-on legal research classes. All classes are held in the Wisconsin State Law Library's computer training room.
Using LegalTrac and HeinOnline to Locate Law Reviews Online
Tax Resources On The Web
|Odds 'n' Endings - Julie Tessmer|
Notables for January
1st -- Happy New Year!
17th -- The Dane County Legal Resource Center marks its 2nd year in the new Dane County Courthouse.
21st -- Observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. It’s both a federal and state holiday so banks, post offices, and government offices will be closed, including the Wisconsin State Law Library and Milwaukee and Dane County Legal Resource Centers.
22nd -- WSLL marks the 6th anniversary of opening in the Risser Justice Center. Reminisce along with us by taking a look at our Jan.-Apr. 2002 "grand opening" issue.
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