WSLL @ Your Service May 2008
An E-publication of the Wisconsin State Law Library
This Just In… – Pete Boll
Tech Tip in Brief – Heidi Yelk
Odds ‘N’ Endings – Carol Hassler
|What’s New – Connie Von Der Heide|
National Library Week Celebrations
At WSLL, using their self-chosen theme “Get Ahead of the Pack @ WSLL” staff transformed the library into a combination of jungle and African wilderness, complete with “wild animals,” tiki torches and safari tours. A special National Library Week webpage featured a self-guided Photo Safari highlighting several different collections in the library: Wisconsin Briefs, audiovisual materials, American Law Reports (ALR), and tax and labor materials. Book displays in the library featured materials published by the State Bar of Wisconsin and National Business Institute, and library staff presented classes on using the library’s LegalTrac and HeinOnline journal databases.
A torch relay was held in which participants visited foreign countries right in the MLRC. Eight locations were selected from the actual Olympic torchbearer route, and participants learned about different cities and countries the Olympic torch will visit. Both the Beijing and past Olympics were featured in the “Question of the Day” contest. Participants came into the MLRC daily to get the question and win a pin, so they could enter the prize drawing held at the end of the week.
MLRC’s Westlaw representative taught 4 classes in the Resource Center for anyone interested in advancing their legal research skills. Because these classes were at capacity, another one has been scheduled for Thursday, May 15th. Contact the MLRC to register.
To wrap up their festivities, a Fan Painting or Chinese Dragon Making class was held on Friday, and some beautiful creations were made. Kathy Nelson and Dana Gutzke were the grand prize winners for their beautiful designs.
MLRC staff would like to thank all those who participated in these activities with such enthusiasm, reminding everyone involved what a vital resource the library is to all those around them.
Chief Justice Abrahamson Featured in Poster, Bookmarks
During National Library Week, WSLL unveiled a new READ poster and READ bookmarks featuring Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson. Produced by WSLL staff using American Library Association (ALA) graphics software, both pieces were modeled after ALA’s long-running series of celebrity posters to promote reading. WSLL is very pleased to have the new poster and bookmarks on display in the library, and we sincerely thank Chief Justice Abrahamson for graciously agreeing to be photographed for these pieces.
Upcoming Classes & Tours
There are still seats available in these upcoming WSLL legal research classes. For more details and registration information, please visit our Classes & Tours webpage, and register today!
Wisconsin Briefs Online
New Class Researching Wisconsin Legislative History: Sources & Strategies
Summer Library Orientations
WSLL’s annual round of summer library orientations will take place in late May and early June. These free, one-hour sessions offer information about using the library’s resources and services, and a guided tour of the physical library as well as some of our electronic research tools. Anyone may register, and law school students serving as summer associates and interns are especially encouraged to attend. For dates, times and registration forms, please visit our Classes & Tours webpage.
Library Borrower Updates
This is also the time of year when we focus on updating our ever-growing database of library borrowers. If it’s been a while since you last used your library card, or if you don’t yet have a card, please stop in, email or phone the Circulation Desk with your current contact information. To determine whether you’re eligible for a library card, please see our Circulation Services webpage.
|This Just In… – Pete Boll|
This month’s featured titles include:
New! 101 Practice Series: Breaking Down the Basics, by the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
Aimed at new lawyers, this guide examines the fundamental aspects of law practice. Written primarily by young lawyers, this publication features practical insights from the new attorney perspective through a collection of one-three page professional development articles.
Updated! Guide To Wisconsin Employment Discrimination, by Rose Ann Wasserman
This guide is useful for both attorneys and human resources professionals who deal with employment law, practices, and policies. The 2008 updated guide addresses issues such as:
See our latest New Titles list for more new arrivals.For assistance in accessing these or other resources, please contact our Reference Desk.
|Tech Tip in Brief – Heidi Yelk|
Where’s my toolbar?
Users of Wisconsin’s Legislative Reference Bureau website know that this site contains extremely useful, well written documents on dozens of topics. I use this site on a weekly basis, but I was frustrated recently when I noticed that some Adobe documents found on this site open in my Acrobat Reader without the Acrobat toolbar.
For example, see the Budget Brief on the Milwaukee School Choice Voucher Program, or Renovation of Lambeau Field, or this explanation of Legislative Voting Records. The small size of the documents immediately had me searching for a way to enlarge them. Normally, I would head for the Adobe Acrobat toolbar to quickly re-size the document to a larger percentage. But the toolbar was missing. I also wanted to find a way to save the document, but the navigation panel on the left provided no easy “save” options. I was lost. Luckily, there’s an easy solution: the F8 key.
NetLingo Word of the Day
|Odds ‘N’ Endings – Carol Hassler|
Spring is (finally) here! Exulting over the recent warm weather, I have the outdoors on the brain. In honor of our dash for summer, here are some WSLL resources that cater to creeping out of the house:
May 1 – 2008 marks the 50th anniversary of Law Day, an annual "day of national dedication to the principle of government under law" first proclaimed by President Dwight Eisenhower. Sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Division for Public Education, Law Day 2008 explores the meaning of the Rule of Law, fostering public understanding through discussion of its role in a free society.
May 13 – Jailhouse Rock begins filming on May 13, 1957. In their electronic reading room, the Federal Bureau of Investigation includes information on Elvis Presley. From a rather amusing memo, we learn that Presley wasn’t recommended to meet J. Edgar Hoover due to Presley’s “wearing his hair down to his shoulders and indulg[ing] in the wearing of all sorts of exotic dress.”
May 23 – Milwaukee and Mississippi Railroad reaches Madison in 1854, connecting Milwaukee and Madison and whittling the journey down to a mere seven hours. (Taken from Wisconsin History's This Day in History)
May 27 – Explorers Louis Joliet and Father Jacques Marquette reach what is now Green Bay, WI in late May of 1673. After briefly commenting on the perceived tides of the lake, they set their sights on Wisconsin and beyond – the Mississippi. (Taken from Wisconsin History's Topic Feature)
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