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WSLL @ Your Service August 2018

Using WisConomy to find County Profiles - Carol Hassler

Find local labor market, business, and population data for Wisconsin on the WisConomy website. This website from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development compiles data from state and federal sources, including the U.S. Census, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and state agencies. There are four main focus areas:

  • Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW)
  • Current Employment Statistics (CES)
  • Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS)
  • Occupational Employment Statistics (OES)

County profiles

There are a few ways to get reports. From the home page, choose the "County Profiles" link for a quick overview of Wisconsin counties. County profiles have population, labor force, industry, occupation, and wage data. Each county profile, like this Crawford county report, includes data tables, charts, and expert analysis.

Build and download your own custom data sets using the data feature. The data tool guides you through the process of creating a table by asking you to make a series of choices. To begin, start with the first drop down menu, "Select a category."

Data search

With each new selection a new box will appear, asking you to further narrow down the scope of your request. Do you want to search a single occupation or multiple? Do you need data for a single county, or the entire state?

When you have finished selecting all possible variables for the type of data available on the website, a "Generate report" button appears which allows you to create your data table.

Generate report button

Data tables can be browsed on the website, or downloaded as an Excel or CSV file. But if you're looking to have a little fun and get a different view of the data, try the next step.


Choose the "Create visualization" tab to transform your data table into a visual summary which is easy to browse through.

visualization table

You can easily use the dashboards on the Data Visualization page to browse data and get a quick overview of what's available, and current trends.

While a lot of data is included in the data search, some information is not available. For short term projections of industry and occupation data, look for the dataset choices under the Economist Downloads at the bottom of the data page.

With WisConomy, you can quickly tailor your search for local statistics without having to consult multiple websites. Save time on your economic research with WisConomy's data search and reports.

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New books - Kari Zelinka

New Book! Crafting Effective Settlement Agreements: a Guidebook for Attorneys and Mediators, by Brendon Ishikawa
Call Number:  KF 9084 .I85 2018

Learn about strategies and tools for writing settlement agreements that will satisfy both parties. Use this book to understand how to write settlement agreements that will discourage future legal battles due to their definitive terms. This book includes a detailed checklist of items to be included in a settlement agreement. Ishikawa's tips are for mediators and attorneys and focus on the types of terms typically found in tort, contract, and employment cases, which make up the majority of settled cases.

Chapters include:

  • Written settlement agreements
  • Settlement agreement checklists
  • Oral settlement agreements
  • Problematic settlement terms
  • Selected ethical issues relating to settlement agreements 

New Edition! Litigating Sexual Harassment & Sex Discrimination Cases, by Aaron B. Maduff
Call Number: KF 3467 .L4 2018

In this new edition there are two new forms, eighteen new practice tips, and enhanced coverage of legal issues and hot topics. Updated coverage includes legal theories of liability, preliminary matters, discovery, summary judgment, trial preparation, and attorney's fees and costs. This book is useful for employers and human resource departments looking to avoid sexual harassment claims, as well as attorneys litigating cases.

Areas covered include:

  • Sidestepping statute of limitations traps
  • Assessing client's claims and injuries
  • Avoiding removal to Federal court
  • Opposing summary judgment motions
  • Deposing harassers
  • Deposing and examining experts
  • Proving "he-said, she-said" cases
  • Admitting and excluding sensitive evidence

new book shelf
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

Find charts and statistics quickly with Google

We are all familiar with a Google search result list. Most people skim the text on the search results to find a website that looks useful. But if you're searching for charts, pictures, or statistics then it can be more difficult to find a good website.

Google's image search results can boost your research, whether you're trying to find charts, or are a visual learner who prefers graphs instead of text.

You can quickly narrow web search results to images. Choose "images" from under the search bar to switch to a search of Google's indexed pictures. This can help you quickly locate web pages or documents with visuals, which can sometimes help you to find the answer faster.

google search results

Example: hospital costs per capita Wisconsin

Example: underage drinking Wisconsin

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Help us improve our website - Carol Hassler

Websites benefit from constant improvement and upgrades. We'd like your help improving our website. The two surveys linked below study how our website is organized. The information we gather will help us make decisions about how best to present information to our website users.

Link Organization Survey   Menu Survey

Thank you for participating!

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What’s new - Carol Hassler

Libraries closed on Labor Day

The David T. Prosser Jr. Library, Milwaukee County Law Library, and Dane County Law Library will be closed on Monday, September 3 for the Labor Day state holiday. We will respond to questions and requests on Tuesday, September 4.

To ask a question while we are closed, call us at 608-267-9696 or Ask a Librarian online.

August Classes

There are still seats available in our Madison location's August class, Introduction to Westlaw. Sign up now!

Introduction to Westlaw
Tuesday, August 21, Noon - 1 p.m.
Location: David T. Prosser Jr. Library training room

Learn how to best utilize Westlaw in this course by: Finding Specific Cases, Statutes and Regulations by citation; Learning how to quickly find and search specific resource; Learning about plain language searching on Westlaw; Utilizing result list filtering to narrow your search results; Exploring document features, including new "Copy with Reference"; Learning about new Westlaw history; Reviewing the basics of the Westlaw Citator - KeyCite

This class is free and is eligible for one CLE credit. Registration is limited to 8. Register Online or print and send in a Registration Form

Julie Tessmer

Finding Legal Information Online at the Verona Public Library

Julie Tessmer, State Law Librarian, presented to an audience at the Verona Public Library in mid-July. The seminar, called Finding Legal Information Online, guided attendees around the Wisconsin State Law Library website. Julie also talked about how to find information on topics like small claims, landlord/tenant law, municipal ordinances, and legal forms.

We're always excited to talk to people about the services and comprehensive professional collection we offer to our users. Contact Julie Tessmer to schedule a talk at julie.tessmer@wicourts.gov.

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August snapshot

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Art by various artists

Last month's feature of Bucky on Parade inspires this month's Snapshot of guitars from Waukesha. Dubbed GuitarTown, Waukesha is the birthplace of Les Paul. The city features a walking tour of giant 10-foot guitars and a series of murals honoring Les Paul and the history of Waukesha. In the summer months, downtown Waukesha hosts Friday Night Live, with eight stages of live music.

We are accepting snapshots! Do you have a photo highlighting libraries, attractions or points of historical interest? Send your photo the editor at carol.hassler@wicourts.gov to be included in a future issue.

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