WSLL @ Your Service Sept. 2003
An E-publication of the Wisconsin State Law Library
|What's new -- Amy Crowder||Tech Tip in Brief -- Heidi Yelk|
Great Weather, Great Seafood, and Great Information
One meeting gave Jane an opportunity to network with other State Law Librarians. Jane found that, while all are concerned about state budget cuts, their libraries, like the Wisconsin State Law Library, are also actively involved in developing services for pro se users, improving their own and their court's websites, and providing web-based access to briefs. Jane also attended programs on copyright, virtual reference service, developing tribal law collections, decision-making options for participatory management, and envisioning the future teaching role of librarians as their students--judges, lawyers, and law students--become more technologically sophisticated. WSLL has several of these programs on CD-ROM and has made them available for circulation to interested users.
Jane found the opportunity to meet and network with other law librarians from federal, state, and county agencies and courts, private law firms and corporations, and law schools to be a refreshing and rewarding experience.
Law Clerk Orientations
On August 12th, the Library hosted a day long orientation session for seven new and two returning Court of Appeals law clerks. During the morning, the clerks were introduced to the Library's services and resources. Connie Von Der Heide, Reference/Outreach Services Librarian, showed them the Library's website and demonstrated some of its resources including the online catalog and LegalTrac, the Library's law review index. Connie also provided instruction on the use of Loislaw on CD-ROM, and Heidi Yelk discussed using Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw for court-related research. A tour of the Library followed. For the remainder of the day, Court of Appeals Chief Staff Attorney Peg Carlson and District II Staff Attorney Ron Hofer instructed the clerks on legal writing and appellate procedure.
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Spyware: Is your computer telling tales?
Spyware is described as “software or hardware installed on a computer without the user's knowledge which gathers information about that user for later retrieval by whomever controls the spyware” (definition from SpywareInfo). Spyware is sometimes bundled with freeware or shareware programs as a means to make money.
Advertising companies enter into agreements with freeware and shareware programmers to include this software which then tracks your Internet use. In some cases the software causes scores of pop-up ads to display on your computer. In others, the software sends reports back to the advertiser with information about you and your Internet use.
Related problems include browser hijacking and disabling the browser’s Back button. In most cases the spyware causes noticeable disruption by monopolizing your computer. This type of spyware is commonly called adware.
Another type of spyware is more sinister and includes programs such as keyloggers that are able to track a computer user’s every keystroke. In some cases, disclosure of the spyware component of a bundled software package is included in the licensing agreement of the freeware or shareware. But who reads the licensing agreement? Most users breeze by this fine print with a simple click of the mouse.
What can you do if you suspect that spyware resides on your computer? There are many resources on the Internet devoted to combating spyware. One of the best is Mike Healan’s website, SpywareInfo. Healan has assembled a host of resources to help Internet users educate themselves about spyware and eradicate the software from their computers. SpywareInfo includes links to free and fee-based software that can be used to detect and remove spyware. The website also provides forums and chat rooms where you can post questions and exchange information.
Another helpful site is Spybot Search and Destroy, which includes a download of the free Spybot Search and Destroy program, a PC Magazine’s Editor’s Choice award winner. Finally, Spychecker.com and Spyware-Guide.com provide links to software and other tools, such as a list of known spyware programs. See also Spyware-Guide.com’s article How to Detect Spies.
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|Hands-On Legal Research Classes
Here is the fall schedule of WSLL’s popular hands-on legal research classes. All classes are taught by State Law Library Reference staff and meet in the library’s Computer Training Room, equipped with eight student workstations. For course descriptions, registration forms and additional information, please visit our Classes & Tours webpage.
“If they only offered a class about…” Please tell us what additional classes you’d like us to offer! Submit your suggestions to Heidi Yelk, Reference/Electronic Services Librarian.
Wednesday, September 10, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Thursday, September 25, 8:30-Noon
Wednesday, October 1, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Thursday, October 23, 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, November 5, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, November 19, 8:30 a.m. – Noon
Wednesday, December 3, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, January 7, 2004, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Web-based Legal Research Guides
Odds 'n' Endings -- Connie Von Der Heide
Notables for September
Sept. 1 – Labor Day. Learn more about it at the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s History of Labor Day page .
Sept. 17 – Citizenship Day / Constitution Day. The U.S. Constitution was completed, signed and approved by the Federal Constitutional Convention, 1787.
Sept. 21 – Sandra Day O’Connor was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the first woman U.S. Supreme Court Justice, 1981.
Sept. 21 – “Perry Mason” TV show premiered, 1957.
September is also Be Kind to Editors & Writers Month! :-)
School is In, Buses are Out
Everything in Moderation…including Technology
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