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WSLL @ Your Service   July, 2006
An E-publication of the Wisconsin State Law Library

In this issue we depart from our usual format to bring you news and information about library events and staff activities. -- Editor

WSLL Welcomes New “Adjunct Staff” – Julie Tessmer

They’re a quiet group, but they all came with impressive resumes. In April, the Library received oil portraits of four prominent figures in state and local history, on long term loan from the Dane County Bar Association.

Located in the Reference Area is Silas U. Pinney, who was an Associate Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court from 1892-1898. He also served as Mayor of Madison in 1874, and in the State Assembly in 1875. The name may be familiar to library users since he also served as Supreme Court Reporter and is the namesake of Pinney’s Wisconsin Reports volumes v.1-3 (1872-1876).

Adjacent to one of the Patron Access Stations on the 2nd floor is Jared Comstock Gregory, who immediately preceded Pinney as Mayor of Madison in 1873. And that’s not the only connection between these two gentlemen; Gregory was in private practice with Pinney from 1858-1879. Later, Gregory served as Postmaster of Madison and on the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents.

Near our statue of “Lady Justice” is a well known figure in Madison history, Daniel K. Tenney. Tenney started his law practice in Chicago, and in 1855 he became the Deputy Clerk of Courts for Dane County. We have Mr. Tenney to thank for one of Madison’s beautiful lakefront parks. It was he who donated the initial funds to purchase and develop what is now Tenney Park.

Upstairs at the entrance to the Rare Book Room hangs the impressive portrait of Burr W. Jones. Jones served as a Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court from 1920-1926. Prior to that he was a law professor, a Dane County District Attorney and a United States Congressman. Legal researchers know him best as the author of The Law of Evidence in Civil Cases, still popularly known as Jones on Evidence.

During your next visit, take a stroll around the stacks to visit these prominent additions to the library.

This portrait of Silas U. Pinney, namesake of Pinney’s Wisconsin Reports, now hangs in the WSLL Reference Area

WSLL Hosts Continuing Education Day for Law Librarians

On June 20, the Wisconsin State Law Library hosted law librarians from throughout the state for a continuing education day. The theme was “Reaching Users Through Communication and Technology.” Approximately 25 law librarians gathered in the library’s Rare Book Room for the daylong program which included technology updates, tips on public speaking and public relations, and training techniques.

Speakers included Amy Easton Bingenheimer, Manager of Legal Information Services at Quarles & Brady; Katie Leonard, Library Relations Manager, Thomson-West; Art Saffran, Technical Support Engineer at WSLL; Ted Potter, Head of Public Services, University of Iowa Law Library; Mary Koshollek, Director of Library Services at Godfrey & Kahn; Amy Gannaway, Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation Library and Bureau of Business Services Web Unit; Tony Chan, Information Specialist at Quarles & Brady; Bonnie Shucha, Head of Reference, UW-Madison Law Library; Steve Miller, Chief, Legislative Reference Bureau; and Heidi Yelk, Reference/Electronic Services Librarian at WSLL. Special thanks go to Heidi Yelk who planned and coordinated the event, and Thomson-West and LexisNexis for their support.

Attendees network during a break between sessions at CE for Law Librarians Day.

U.S. Embassy Researchers Visit WSLL

On June 21, WSLL hosted an afternoon visit by twenty reference specialists who work in U.S. Embassy Information Resource Centers located in their native countries. The specialists came from all parts of the world: from Angola and Brazil to Syria and Vietnam. Jane Colwin, State Law Librarian, welcomed the group, and staff members Peter Boll, Julie Tessmer and Connie Von Der Heide gave library tours, presented an overview of the library’s website, and led information sharing sessions.

The visit was one of several activities held during the group’s weeklong stay in Madison to learn more about U.S. government framework and accessing government information. They also visited the State Capitol where they met with a legislator and Legislative Council staff, and the Dane County Courthouse where they sat in on court proceedings and had lunch with several judges and court commissioners. Their host for the week was the UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies, through a program sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of State.

Jane Colwin, State Law Librarian, (far right)
welcomes U.S. Embassy reference specialists to WSLL.

WSLL Staff Members Attend WILIUG Conference

Okay…what's WILIUG? It's the acronym for the Wisconsin/Illinois Innovative Users Group, a regional organization of libraries that use the Innovative Interfaces, Inc. (III) integrated library system. The Wisconsin State Law Library uses the III Millennium system to automate our acquisitions, cataloging, serials check-in, electronic resources, and circulation functions, and to make our library catalog available on the web.

Julie Tessmer and Amy Crowder recently attended the 2006 WILIUG Conference held at Carthage College in Kenosha. The annual meeting provides an opportunity for public, academic and special librarians to meet with one another and with III representatives. The 2006 conference offered sessions on future catalog updates; using AutoIt scripts in Millennium to increase productivity and efficiency; and tips on implementing III’s Electronic Resource Management module. Julie and Amy brought back information that will be useful in the Library's current project to provide remote access to more electronic resources through our library catalog.

WorldCat and “Find in a Library” Help You Find Materials

Amy Crowder recently attended the spring meeting of the Wisconsin Library Services (WiLS) OCLC Peer Council, an organization for libraries that use the OCLC worldwide cataloging and resource sharing system. Amy learned about recent developments in OCLC’s Open WorldCat, a program that provides web searchers with information about relevant library materials available in their area.

How does it work? While searching Google, Yahoo or Ask, if your search term(s) match words in the title of a library-owned item, or if you include the phrase “find in a library” in your keyword search, you might see a "Find in a Library" entry within your search results. When you click on that, you can enter your ZIP code or other geographical information, and Open WorldCat will display links to the libraries in the surrounding area that own that item. If the State Law Library owns it (see this example), you’ll see our holdings information and direct links to our website and library catalog.

Open WorldCat currently searches 3.45 million bibliographic records representing both the most widely-owned and the most unique items from its much larger database. In August, however, OCLC will debut its new WorldCat.org website, which will search the entire database of over 67 million records. The easy-to-use interface will allow keyword searching to locate items. Another plus is that the results are generated directly on WorldCat.org, instead of being buried within wider search engine results. Stay tuned for more about WorldCat.org in our August issue.

Jane Colwin, Julie Tessmer and Connie Von Der Heide
at the Mallards Duck Pond.

WSLL Staffers Attend Mallards Game

Jane Colwin, Julie Tessmer and Connie Von Der Heide were among the 70 Wisconsin Supreme Court staff and family members who attended the June 24 Madison Mallards baseball game. The group enjoyed a pre-game tailgate party, cheered the Mallards on in their 3-2 victory over the Alexandria Beetles, and took in a post-game fireworks display. The event was one of several Supreme Court employee social gatherings held throughout the year to help staff get to know one another, meet people from other departments, and have fun.

MLRC Memo: News from the Milwaukee Legal Resource Center

A Hearty Welcome and Best Wishes
MLRC welcomes Shari Testa, our new Library Associate and Operations Coordinator. Shari also works as an Administrative Assistant at Pewaukee Public Library, where she has also staffed the children’s, reference and circulation desks. Shari plans to begin graduate school next year to earn a degree in library and information science; she would like to specialize in law librarianship. During your next visit, please introduce yourself to Shari.

We also extend our very best wishes to former Library Associate, Lynne Gehrke, who has taken a new position as an Office Manager at Beck, Chaet & Bamberger, S.C. in Milwaukee. Lynne will be greatly missed, but we hope to see her often as a library user.

Judicial Rotation
July is a very busy month at the MLRC as we assist with the annual judicial rotation. If you are a Milwaukee County judge and will be moving to a different branch this year, please let us know if we can be of assistance in moving your office’s book collection.

Upcoming Class
Using Google to Its Full Potential will be presented on Wednesday, August 16, 2006, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Most people perform web searches using just one or two words. Are you one of them? This class will teach you advanced legal search features that yield better results. Learn how to download the Google Toolbar and use it to your advantage. What if Google doesn’t find it – do you give up? Discover why you may need to use more than one search engine, as well as (gasp!) print resources, to round out your research. 1 CLE credit will be applied for.

MLRC classes are free, but advanced registration is required. To register, please visit the MLRC in Milwaukee Courthouse Room 307A; call (414) 278-4900; or e-mail Rebecca.Knutson@wicourts.gov

Watch for our fall schedule of classes, to be announced soon!

Ask a Librarian:  800-322-9755; 608-267-9696 (In Madison); wsll.ref@wicourts.gov
Library Hours/Locations:  WSLL (WI State Law Library), DCLRC (Dane Co. Legal Resource Center), MLRC (Milwaukee Legal Resource Center)
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Editor: Connie Von Der Heide 608-267-2202 Comments welcome!
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