WSLL @ Your Service no. 13/16, Jan./Apr. 2002
An E-publication of the Wisconsin State Law Library
Focus On: The New Wisconsin State Law Library
|Greetings from our new home! We are so excited about the abilities and opportunities it provides to serve all Library users even better than before. With this issue, our first since opening in the recently completed Risser Justice Center, we depart from our usual format in order to bring some of the new Library to you in both words and pictures. We hope this glimpse encourages you to come and see it for yourself. An excellent time to visit is during our open house. Details are below.
Please note our new street address: 120 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Madison, WI 53703. Our P.O. Box, phone, fax, and email addresses all remain the same.
|YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED|
|The Supreme Court of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin State Law Library will host an open house on Friday, April 19 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Library. Lawyers, legislators, court staff, librarians, and interested members of the public are all invited to see the new Library, visit with the Justices and Library staff, enjoy refreshments, and join in observing the Supreme Court’s upcoming 150th anniversary as a separate court and the State Law Library’s 166th anniversary.
The Wisconsin State Law Library is located in the Risser Justice Center at 120 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., just off the Capitol Square on the northwest corner of Doty St. and MLK, Jr. Blvd. The Library entrance is on the second floor. Nearby parking is available in the Government East public ramp at Doty-Pinckney-Wilson Streets and in the parking garage of the 10 E. Doty St. office building.
|Click here to see photos of the construction project and the new library|
|Back Together Again
More square footage and increased shelf space mean that for the first time in well over a decade, the entire WSLL collection can be housed under one roof. 5,000-plus volumes of Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Briefs, in storage since the move from the Capitol in 1999, have been unpacked and shelved in the Wisconsin treatise area. All microfiche and microfilm resources are once again readily accessible in new cabinets and with new machines for viewing and printing. Superseded materials, stored off-site for several years, have been placed in the Library's new eleven-range compact shelving area. Users needing prior editions of frequently cited treatises or superseded volumes of "U.S. Code Annotated," "West's Wisconsin Statutes Annotated," or "Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory" now wait just minutes for them instead of up to a day.
A Room Fit for a ...Rare Book!
The Rare Book Room was designed to finally provide a proper home for the Library's collection of over 1,000 books dating from the early 17th century. Since we had no safe place to display them before, these books were for many years sequestered in several closets, a bat-filled attic, and two different basements -- environments with clearly less than ideal conditions. The collection now resides in a temperature and humidity controlled room lined with glass-front wood bookcases that provide security and elegant display. The Rare Book Room is open during regular Library hours and may be reserved for special functions on a per hour basis. Its four tables comfortably seat 16-24 people.
Sitting Prettier Than Ever
The new Library still offers many quiet spaces for undisturbed study, but those spaces now come with abundant natural lighting and comfortable furnishings. Carrels are located throughout the Library and small tables line the southern exposure windows. Study areas in the Doty Street-MLK Blvd corner offer larger tables and views of Lake Monona. Four enclosed workrooms are also available, at no charge during regular library hours and on a rental basis for extended periods. These "office away from the office" rooms are ideal for trial preparation and client conferences. The Library Conference Room is another private meeting space. It comfortably accommodates 6-8 people and is available for use by outside groups on a per-hour rental basis. To make a reservation, contact Tammy Keller at 608-261-7553.
After Hours Service -- It's Back and It's Better
During our two-year temporary stay at 1 East Main Street, many attorneys inquired about the fate of the Capitol Library's popular After Hours Service. It had to be suspended during the interim, but it's back and even better here at 120 MLK. For a nominal annual fee, Wisconsin-licensed attorneys can access the Library from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. More convenient entry procedures and availability of electronic research tools on our public access computer network make this service an even greater value than before. For more information and to register, contact Connie Von Der Heide, Reference/Outreach Services Librarian, at 608-267-2202.
|Celebrate National Library Week With Us||Training Opportunities at WSLL|
|National Library Week and the 10th Annual National Legal Research Teach-In are April 14-20. Each of our libraries will celebrate with special events. Be sure to participate!
Dane County Law Library
Milwaukee Legal Resource Center
Wisconsin State Law Library
|A brand new service we are especially excited to offer is hands-on instruction in the use of print-based and electronic legal research tools. The new Computer Training Room, equipped with eight new PC workstations donated by West Group and LexisNexis, gives us the space and technology to present and host a variety of seminars and workshops. In fact, we are ready to go with classes starting next month!
Wisconsin Legal Research Basics
Wednesday, May 22, 8:30 a.m. - Noon. Learn the basics of Wisconsin statutory, administrative, and case law research, both print and online. A great class for anyone wanting a good grounding in how Wisconsin legal research and resources work. Instructors: Jane Colwin and Connie Von Der Heide. Fee: $125.00. Registration is limited to 8 people.
WSLL Web Tour
Wednesday, June 5, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Ready for a power breakfast? Enjoy some light fare while Julie Tessmer leads you on a tour of the information-packed WSLL website. Learn to use our web catalog, search Legal Resource Index, and much, much more. This free, hands on session is for all library users. Seating is limited to 8. Sign up now!
Using Wisconsin Legal Resources on the Internet
Thursday, June 20, 8:30 a.m. - Noon. This course focuses entirely on web-based Wisconsin legal and government information. Appropriate for attorneys, paralegals, and legal assistants. Instructors: Melissa Kaszynski and Heidi Yelk. Fee: $125.00. Registration is limited to 8. CLE credits applied for.
To register for any of the above classes, pick up a registration form at the Library or contact Heidi Yelk, Reference/Electronic Services Librarian, at 608-261-7555. Heidi would also like suggestions for additional classes you'd find useful.
Through a partnership with West Group, the State Law Library is also a host site for selected Westlaw training sessions. The instructor is Laura Olsen Dugan, Westlaw Account Representative. All sessions run 10:00 a.m. to Noon; registration is limited to 8 per session. CLE credit is available for most sessions.
To register, call West Group's Chicago Information Office, 800-443-3075, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Computer Training Room is also available for use by outside groups for functions held during regular Library hours. Contact Tammy Keller for reservation and rental information at 608-261-7553.
Library Construction Factoid
Two floors totaling 34,000 square feet
24,000 linear feet of shelving, 45% more than we had in the Capitol
Library Architects: Peter Bloomfield, Susan Chisholm & Gil Rosenthal, WRT/Bloomfield & Associates, Philadelphia, PA
Library Consultant: Joan Axelroth, Axelroth & Associates, Silver Springs, MD
Developer, Risser Justice Center Project: Continental Properties Co., Inc., Menomonee Falls, WI
General Contractor, Risser Justice Center Project: J.P. Cullen & Sons, Inc., Janesville, WI
Contributors to this issue include Amy Crowder, Elaine Sharp, Connie Von Der Heide and Heidi Yelk.
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Library Hours/Locations: WSLL (WI State Law Library), DCLL (Dane Co. Law Library), MLRC (Milwaukee Legal Resource Center)
Visit Our Website: http://wilawlibrary.gov
Editor: Connie Von Der Heide 608-267-2202 Comments welcome!