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Holiday Hours

WSLL, MLRC and DCLRC will be closed December 24, 25, 31 and January 1.
All three libraries will be open regular hours on December 26 and January 2.

We wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

What’s New – Connie Von Der Heide

You’re Invited…

WSLL will hold its annual winter holiday open house on Wednesday, December 17 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in the Reading Room. All library users are cordially invited to join the staff for some fun and light refreshments. Never been here? Please come and we’ll show you around!

WSLL Staff NewsRichard Hsia


WSLL bids farewell to Richard Hsia, Library Assistant – Circulation, who has accepted a library assistant position with the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau. Richard began working at WSLL as a part time shelver in 2002 and moved into his current, full time position a few years later. We’ll certainly miss him, but since his new job is close by, we’ll still be able to see him once in a while! Best wishes, Richard.

Rachel Holtan, Library Assistant – Processing, will receive her master’s degree from the UW-Madison School of Library & Information Studies later this month. Rachel joined the WSLL staff in 2000, and we’re pleased and proud that she’s chosen librarianship as a career. Congratulations, Rachel!

2009 After Hours Service – Subscribe Now

Wisconsin Attorneys: Would you like the convenience of using the State Law Library later in the evening or on weekends? Now’s the time to subscribe to our After Hours Service. A calendar-year subscription includes access to the library from 5pm to 10pm Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and a convenient key fob for easy access into the building. As an After Hours subscriber, you’ll have access to the general library collection and all the electronic resources available on our public access PCs. You can also make photocopies and check out circulating library materials as needed. Details and application forms are available on our After Hours Service webpage.

Upcoming Classes

Register now for these upcoming hands on classes offered in the WSLL Computer Training Room. Additional details are available on our Classes & Tours webpage.

Using KeyCite on Westlaw.com
Wednesday, December 10, 9:00-10:00 a.m.

The KeyCite citation tool on Westlaw.com is used for both verifying good law and researching legal topics. WSLL and MLRC both provide free access to KeyCite on their public computers. This hands-on class will cover the features and structure of KeyCite and show you how and when to use it in your legal research. Whether you’re cite-checking briefs, updating a statute, or searching for related case law, KeyCite can put you on the road to success.
FREE class 1.0 CLE credit applied for. Registration limited to 8. Print registration form.

Corporate Information Online
Thursday, January 15, 2009, 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Looking for new clients or investigating an opposing party? Learn how to find company information online. This class covers how to locate background and financial data, litigation history, and more. Access Securities and Exchange Commission filings, navigate the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institution’s records service, and learn to research ratings, directories, and news sources.
Fee: $50. 1.5 CLE credits applied for. Registration is limited to 8. Print registration form.

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This Just In – Julie Tessmer

As the library looks forward to celebrating our 7th anniversary here in the Risser Justice Center in January, a recently published book made our veteran staff think back on all the years spent in the Capitol Building. Some of you may remember that the Capitol was not air conditioned back then and the windows had no screens, so the library had a small problem with bats, birds and bugs.

Thanks to a staff donation, we’ve just added the children’s book Bats at the Library, by Brian Lies, to our fiction collection.

This whimsical story involves book-loving bats who frolic in the public library at night. The mischievous creatures play in the water fountain, make puppet shadows on the wall and use the photocopier for all kinds of fun. The highlight for the bats, young and old, is story time when their imaginations bloom. Take a break from your research and check out this as well as other entertaining books and videos in our Prose and Cons collection.

Other additions to the general library collection:

New Title: Arkfeld’s Best Practices Guide for Litigation Readiness and Holds, by Michael R. Arkfeld
Law Partner Publishing, 2008
Call Number: KF 8947 .A983 2008-2009

This is one of several handy annual guides designed to be used in conjunction with Arkfeld on Electronic Discovery and Evidence, KF 8947 .A971.

New Title: Immigration in the Family Law Context
State Bar of Wisconsin, 2008
Call Number: KF 4829 .A17 I46 2008

This seminar course manual covers several topics including: Family sponsorship, Children and immigration law and Domestic violence and the immigrant.

New Title: Can You Spot People When They’re Lying? Investigating Tools and Interviewing Techniques for Legal Professionals, by Nejolla B. Korris,
State Bar of Wisconsin, 2007
Call Number: KF 9666 .C36 2007

Topics covered in this seminar include: Lie detectors and detection, Truthfulness and falsehood, Linguistic lie detection and Examination of Witnesses.

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See our latest New Titles list for the complete list of new arrivals.

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

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Tech Tip in Brief – Heidi Yelk

Testing your “readability”

Did you know that both Microsoft Word and WordPerfect have built in “readability” tools? These tools analyze your document and return information such as the grade level, difficulty, and the percentage of passive voice sentences. Readability tools are touted as a way to improve writing for clarity and comprehension.

To access the readability function in MS Word, go to Tools and select Spelling and Grammar. Click on Options and check the box “Show Readability Statistics.” After running spell check, readability statistics will be displayed.

I don’t have access to WordPerfect, but my research indicates that its readability tool provides more analysis and a better display of results. In WordPerfect, you can compare your document to the readability of another document. Writing samples of Hemingway and the Gettysburg address are pre-loaded for comparison. See Determining Reading Levels in WordPerfect 10 for step-by-step procedures.

Both MS Word and WordPerfect utilize the Flesch-Kincaid Readability Test and grade level rating. See this Wikipedia entry on the Flesch-Kincaid test for more information about that formula.

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Odds ‘n’ Endings – Carol Hassler

As the Wisconsin DNR says, “hibernation is for the bears!

Get outside this winter!

Staying inside?

Notables for December

10th – 1948, United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted (Read the Declaration)

12th – 1800, Washington D.C. established as U.S. Capital (Findlaw’s summary and links)

28th – 1973, Endangered species act passed. Learn more at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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Editor: Connie Von Der Heide 608-267-2202 Comments welcome!


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