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WSLL @ Your Service December 2016


What's New - Kristina Martinez

Holiday Open House

Please join us for our annual Holiday Open House on December 13th from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the reading room of the David T. Prosser Jr. State Law Library. Enjoy refreshments while you mingle with staff and other library users and try your hand at some light hearted games.

This year we are accepting sock donations to benefit the Community Action Coalition (CAC). Items of all sizes for adults and children are welcome through January 15, 2017. All donations will be taken to CAC for distribution to people in our community.

WSLL at Judicial Conference

This year's Judicial Conference took place in Elkhart Lake and Julie Tessmer, State Law Librarian, and Kristina Martinez, Outreach Services Librarian staffed our information table over the course of the three day conference. While there we were able to meet attendees, discuss library services to judges, and demonstrate online resources available through the library.

Library display at Judicial ConferenceSign of Wisconsin State Law Library users

Library Closures

All three library locations will be closed on Monday, December 26th and January 2nd. Call the Reference Desk at 608-267-9696 and leave a voicemail, or Ask a Librarian online while we are closed. We will respond to you the next business day.

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This Just In - Pete Boll

New Edition!
Collaborative Law: Achieving Effective Resolution in Divorce without Litigation, 3rd edition, Pauline H. Tester
American Bar Association, 2016
Call Number: KF 535.T47 2016

Collaborative Law (CL) focuses on negotiation and settlement in hopes of avoiding rancorous litigation in divorce cases. A major feature of the CL process requires parties and counsel to sign a participation agreement that, if litigation is needed, (a) the lawyers will withdraw and new counsel will be hired, and (b) current counsel will be disqualified from further involvement in the case. This is designed to create enhanced trust in negotiations and achieve deeper levels of communication and resolution since the parties do not have to fear facing the other party’s lawyer in adversarial proceedings in court. This updated 3rd edition addresses practical implications of the Uniform Collaborative Law Act (UCLA) as well as presents an updated discussion of collaborative practice standards and ethics and an examination of the current status of collaborative practice beyond the area of family law.

New Edition!
Proskauer on Privacy: A Guide to Privacy and Data Security Law in the Information Age, 2nd edition, Kristen J. Mathews, editor
Practicing Law Institute, 2016
Call Number: KF1263.C65 P76

Much has changed since the publication of the first edition, particularly as the power of technology continues to open up new possibilities in e-commerce, marketing, communication, and social interactions. This new edition addresses the latest in a rapidly evolving and dynamic area of law. Topics covered include:

  • Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act Notice Obligations of Financial Institutions
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s first data security enforcement action
  • FTC privacy enforcement actions including recent $100 million LifeLock settlement
  • State privacy laws including student data privacy legislation
  • International privacy including the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation

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New Titles RSS Feed 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 - Heidi Yelk

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SandwhichPDF: Creating Searchable PDF Files

I was recently asked to find a free cloud-based program that would OCR a PDF document. OCR (optical character recognition) makes a PDF searchable. After some searching, I found SandwichPDF. This is a free, easy-to-use tool that does not require any downloading or installation. Simply upload your PDF file to the site and process. I tested two PDF files I created with a flatbed scanner. One was a newspaper article. The other, an archived chapter from the library's collection of superseded Wisconsin Administrative Code. The program delivers quality results - a searchable PDF. One drawback is the file size limit. This is not a reliable option for larger documents - more than 10-12 pages. However, you could split the PDF to create smaller files.

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WSLL Recommends: Emotional Support Animals - Kristina Martinez

Wisconsin Statute 106.52 (1) (fm) defines "service animal" but there is still some confusion as to what rights emotional support or assistance animal owners have. Below are links on federal regulations as well as books and resources.

Therapy dog (photo credits at end of article)

General information

Federal resources

Library books and resources



Image source: Sgt. John Crosby, via Wikimedia Commons

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Odds 'n' Endings - Carol Hassler

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Wisconsin Codes of Ordinances

Researchers often need to turn to ordinances to find local laws. Municipal and county governments pass ordinances on a variety of topics, including administrative procedures, standards of conduct, and zoning.

Wisconsin Statute 66.0103 authorizes a local government to prepare a code of some or all of its general ordinances. While individual ordinances and sometimes a code of ordinances are available for public inspection at the local clerk's offices or public libraries, nearly half of Wisconsin's municipalities and counties have made some or all of their ordinances available online.

Since 2002 the Wisconsin State Law Library has compiled a list of online ordinance links on its website. We started with 62 links in the early days of our local ordinances page and we're proud to say that we now have 984 municipalities and counties listed on our website. Do you know of a city, town, village, or county that we're missing? Let us know! We're constantly updating this list to keep it current.

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