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WSLL @ Your Service June 2013

What's New – Connie Von Der Heide

CLE classesUpcoming Classes @ WSLL

There are still openings in upcoming legal research classes. On June 18, learn about researching Wisconsin legislative history. On July 23, explore online sources for finding Wisconsin public records. For details and registration forms, please visit our Classes webpage.

MLRC News: Legal Research Classes @ MPL

Lynne Gehrke, Librarian at the Milwaukee Legal Resource Center (MLRC), is excited to announce that the MLRC is partnering with the Milwaukee Public Library (MPL) to offer legal research classes on a continuing basis. Finding available and adequate space to hold classes in the Milwaukee County Courthouse is a challenge, so classes will be held in the spacious training room at MPL's Central Library, conveniently located just a block from the Courthouse.

The first classes to be offered on June 25 are Introductory and Advanced training sessions on using WestlawNext, the new Westlaw interface now available on the MLRC's public computers. See MLRC's class announcement or our Classes page for more information and how to register for these free, CLE-accredited sessions.

Staff News

Bob Lopez, Library Assistant at both WSLL and DCLRC, and his wife, Rachel Carrales, are proud new parents of son Tobiah Benjamin Carrales-Lopez, born on May 17th. Congratulations, Bob & Rachel, and welcome, Tobiah!

Connie Von Der Heide, Director of Reference & Outreach Services, recently traveled to Stevens Point for the annual Wisconsin Judicial Education Criminal Law & Sentencing Institute, where she was available to answer questions and demonstrate the use of online legal research tools to the over 125 judges in attendance.

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This Just In… – Pete Boll

New Edition! A Practical Guide to Software Licensing for Licensees and Licensors, 5th edition by H. Ward Classen. American Bar Association, 2013.
WSLL Call Number KF 3024.C6 C56 2013

Classen examines the fundamental issues that both licensors and licensees confront in the negotiation of software licenses and looks at relevant ancillary issues such as software development, cloud computing, professional services, and maintenance and support.

This latest edition primarily focuses on non-mass market agreements, since most retail or mass market off-the-shelf software is governed by non-negotiable "shrink-wrap," "browse-wrap," or "click-wrap" licenses.

Written from the perspective of both the licensor and the licensee, the book includes model forms with alternative clauses to fit many perspectives. The accompanying CD-ROM contains numerous customizable forms and agreements.

New and updated content includes:

  • The Negotiation and Contracting Process (updated chapter)
  • Terminology of a License Grant (updated chapter)
  • Ancillary Clauses (new chapter)
  • Free and Open Source Software (new chapter)
  • Maintenance and Support (new chapter)

New Edition! Annotated Manual for Complex Litigation, 4th edition, by David F. Herr.
Thomson Reuters, 2013.
WSLL Call Number KF 8900.M38 A5

Intended to supplement and expand on the Manual For Complex Litigation 4th ed. published in 2004, this annotated version provides judges and lawyers additional resources to handle the challenges of complex litigation. The 4th edition (2013) of the Annotated Manual addresses recent developments in complex litigation, including:

  • Discussion and analysis of recent Supreme Court decisions on class action law, including Wal-Mart v. Dukes
  • Discussion of developments in electronic discovery, document retention, and class action jurisdiction from the Supreme Court decision in Arthur Andersen LLP v. United States
  • Discussion of recent cases involving recusal of judges, particularly in complex cases receiving media attention
  • Developments in the use of the cy pres doctrine to distribute unclaimed funds in class actions
  • Operation of Internet-based document depositories
  • Review of issues surrounding communication with unnamed class members and attempts to improperly influence the class certification decision
  • Role of survey evidence, particularly in intellectual property cases
  • Development of the use of bidding for selecting lead counsel
  • Evolving standards for award of attorneys' fees

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See our latest New Titles list for a list of new books and other resources.

For assistance in accessing these or other resources, please contact our Reference Desk.

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Tech Tip in Brief – Heidi Yelk

Quick Tabs in IE8

It's easy to use an Internet browser on a daily basis and miss some obvious features that are right before your eyes. Quick Tabs is one of those features. A novelty when first introduced, tabbed browsing has now become second nature. It's not unusual to have 10-15 tab open in one research session. And, with 10-15 tabs open, it's not unusual to get lost and not remember which tab is which.

This is where Quick Tabs comes in handy. To use Quick Tabs, simply click on the button at the far left of your tabs. (You must have more than one tab open to see the Quick Tabs button*.)

Quick Tabs in IE8

Clicking on the square will cause all open tabs in the window to display as thumbnails on your screen. This provides a visual of each open webpage and makes it much easier to re-locate and jump to the tab you need.

Thumnail views of tabs

You can also use the down arrow next to the Quick Tabs button to display the URLs of each open tab and jump to the tab from the list.

Browsing URLs of open tabs

*If you don't see any Quick Tabs button, you may need to enable this setting in IE. To allow Quick Tabs, go to the Tool menu in Internet Explorer and choose Internet Options. Under the Tabs section of the General Tab, choose settings. Check the box Enable Quick Tabs.

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Start Here: A Guide to State Law Library Services and Specialized Research Materials – Connie Von Der Heide



The Wisconsin State Law Library exists to serve the legal information needs of the officers and employees of this state, attorneys and the public by providing the highest quality of professional expertise in the selection, maintenance, and use of materials, information and technology in order to facilitate equal access to the law. To carry out our mission, we offer a wide array of services.

WSLL Reference Assistance

Whether you need a specific piece of information or some guidance in finding materials in the library or navigating a legal research website, our reference staff will do their best to help you. Anyone may use our general reference service, available in person as well as by email, phone, fax and mail. (Please note that library staff cannot give legal advice.) For judges and attorneys, we also offer case law and citator research services.

MLRC & DCLRC Services

Under contractual arrangements with both Milwaukee and Dane Counties, the State Law Library manages the Milwaukee and Dane County Legal Resource Centers (MLRC & DCLRC), conveniently located in each county's courthouse. These small but bustling centers provide a wide array of reference and information services to judges and court staff, county employees, attorneys, self-represented litigants, and the general public. Both centers maintain core print collections of library materials and have public computers with access to Westlaw, State Bar of Wisconsin Books Unbound, HeinOnline, and LegalTrac. DCLRC staff also assists the Dane County Bar Association and University of Wisconsin Law School with the operation of free walk-in legal clinics staffed by volunteer attorneys and supervised law students, and provides reference services to Dane County Jail inmates in cooperation with the Dane County Sheriff's Office. When you're at the Milwaukee or Dane County Courthouse, please stop in and learn more about how these resource centers can assist you.

WSLL Website

The WSLL website is a virtual "one stop shop" for access to authoritative sources of legal and government information. The Legal Topics page alone contains thousands of links arranged into over 450 different topics, from Abortion to Zoning Law. The Wisconsin Law page provides access to free web-based sources of primary law, including the Wisconsin Statutes & Administrative Code, Wis. Supreme Court & Court of Appeals opinions, Wis. Attorney General opinions, Wis. local ordinances, and much more. Other pages provide similar access to primary sources of federal law, tribal law and laws of other U.S. states. You can also search the library catalog, databases of journal and newspaper articles, and much, much more.

Electronic Legal Research Tools

Legal research tools available on our public computers include Westlaw.com, WestlawNext, LegalTrac, HeinOnline, LLMC Digital, and League of Wisconsin Municipalities opinions and manuals.

Order a Document

Our staff can track down and deliver all types of legal information - whether it's a copy of a case, an article, a book, a government publication, or some other print or electronic document from our own collections or elsewhere. If it's published, printed, posted, recorded, or videotaped, we can probably locate it for you. Delivery options include email, fax, mail, UPS, and FedEx. Find out more by visiting our Order a Document webpage.

Circulation of Library Materials

The State Law Library extends borrowing privileges to Wisconsin judges and court staff, private attorneys and any authorized support staff, and government employees. To obtain a library card, simply stop in at any one of our three libraries. If visiting isn't convenient, register online and we'll mail your card. To borrow materials, start by searching our online catalog to find out whether the item you want is currently available. Wisconsin judges and attorneys who are unable to come to the library may borrow materials through our convenient Borrow By Mail service.

After Hours Service

Wisconsin-licensed attorneys who would like to use the Wisconsin State Law Library during evenings, weekends or holidays may subscribe to our After Hours Service. This convenient service allows subscribers to access the library from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. For complete details and subscription information, please visit our After Hours Service webpage. Wisconsin judges who wish to access WSLL outside regular hours may place a request directly with Tammy Keller, WSLL Program Assistant.

Legal Research Classes

WSLL offers free and fee-based classes covering basic legal research procedures as well as specialized tools and databases. Most classes are held in WSLL's computer training room, equipped with eight computers for hands-on learning, some are presented in demonstration or lecture format in our Rare Book Room, and we now offer some classes in webinar format. To view the current class schedule, visit our Classes webpage.

As reported elsewhere in this issue, MLRC now offers legal research classes in the training room of the nearby Milwaukee Public Library. For a list of upcoming classes, visit our Classes webpage.

Library Tours & Orientations

Interested in a firsthand look at one of our libraries for yourself, your law office staff, or an organization to which you belong? To schedule a tour of WSLL, please contact Tammy Keller, program assistant, at 608-261-7553 or Tammy.Keller@wicourts.gov. To schedule a visit to the Milwaukee or Dane County Legal Resource Center, please contact Lynne Gehrke, MLRC Librarian or Lisa Winkler, DCLRC Librarian.

Room Rentals

Are you in need of a comfortable place in downtown Madison to meet with a client or hold a meeting or training session for your staff or legal professional organization? WSLL has a variety of rooms available for hourly rental. To see photos of each room and read the rental policy, please visit our Room Rental page.

Specialized Wisconsin Materials

In addition to its extensive collection of standard primary law sources and leading treatises in every practice area, WSLL houses the following specialized Wisconsin law materials.

Wisconsin Briefs

WSLL provides public access to briefs and appendices for cases decided by the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Wisconsin Court of Appeals. Briefs filed electronically (July 2009 forward) are available through the Wisconsin Supreme Court & Court of Appeals Access (WSCCA) database. Briefs for cases from 1992 to the inception of e-filing are available in the UW Law Library's Wisconsin Briefs database. Briefs for earlier Wisconsin appellate cases - dating back to the mid-1850's - are available for use in the library, or copies may be requested by contacting the WSLL Reference Desk or submitting an Order a Document request. For more information, please visit our Wisconsin Briefs webpage.

Judicial Council Collection

If you're researching the history of a Wisconsin Supreme Court Rule or a Wisconsin statute relating to civil or criminal procedure, WSLL's Judicial Council Collection (JCC) will be of interest. The JCC contains Council minutes and Council committee documents dating back to the 1950's. Detailed information, including a finding aid that lists every committee document we have, is available on our Judicial Council Collection webpage. Full text documents are not available online. For assistance in doing on-site research or obtaining copies of JCC documents, please contact the WSLL Reference Desk.

Wisconsin Administrative Code "Replaced Pages" Collection

WSLL is one of very few libraries that maintain a collection of superseded chapters and sections of the Wisconsin Administrative Code. Dating back to the 1950's, this "Admin Code Replaced Pages Collection" is an invaluable resource for anyone researching state regulatory history or seeking prior language of a particular Administrative Code section. For research assistance or to obtain copies of materials in this collection, please contact the Reference Desk.

To access all of our Start Here library guides, video tutorials, and legal research guides at any time please visit our Learning Center page.

Start Here

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WSLL Recommends: Accommodating Disabilities

Accomodating DisabilitiesAccommodating Disabilities: Business Management Guide is a three-volume, loose-leaf set from CCH / Wolters Kluwer designed to help business owners understand and comply with ADA requirements.

Helping employees who are disabled is often the first requisite that comes to mind in this area of the law. However, other areas of concern to business owners – access to public facilities, transportation accessibility, and telecommunication services are also covered in this set.

Users will find a wide variety of practical and useful information, such as compliance planning checklists and guidance. Just a few examples include accommodating employees with brain injuries, allergies, lung disorders, learning disorders, and diabetes; construction checklists for fixed / built-in seating, drinking fountains, public telephones, and ATMs; and transportation standards for light rail, buses, vans, bus stops, and airports.

In addition, this set includes reprints of federal law and regulations, summaries of state laws, and guidelines of the Architectural and Transportation Barriers and Compliance Board ("Access Board").

A "New Developments" section and monthly newsletter provide information on case law, rule revisions, disability rights, and litigation.

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Odds ‘n' Endings – Carol Hassler

OCLC WorldCat LogoBook Milestones

The OCLC WorldCat database is a cooperative resource in which the Wisconsin State Law Library participates. Just last month the database reached its 2 billionth holding (a “holding” is a record of which library owns a particular item). It took almost 34 years to reach its first billion holdings, but only a little under 8 years to add the next billion!

Last month a reception was held at the Library of Congress to honor the 50th anniversary of the treatise, Nimmer on Copyright. During the ceremony David Mao, Law Librarian of Congress, remarked, “A good librarian knows by heart the leading treatises on various subjects – for a question on federal procedure there is Moore's Federal Practice, for an insurance question there is Appleman's, and for copyright, it is of course Nimmer's.”

Cow image from Wikimedia CommonsJune Notables

June is National Dairy Month! For information about June Dairy Month events right here in Wisconsin, visit the Dairy Days of Summer web site.

14 – Flag Day. The first recognized observance of Flag Day in Wisconsin occurred in 1885 at the Stony Hill School near Waubeka in Ozaukee County. Flag Day became a national observance 31 years later, when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed it on June 14, 1916.

16 – Father's Day. Sonora Dodd proposed the idea in 1909 to honor her father. In 1966 President Lyndon Johnson became the first president to officially proclaim Father's Day to be the third Sunday in June.


Image by Keith Weller/USDA (www.ars.usda.gov: Image Number K5176-3) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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