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WSLL @ Your Service January 2010

What’s New – Connie Von Der Heide

Document Delivery Fee Changes

Effective January 1, 2010, the State Law Library has made some adjustments to our document delivery fees. For well over 10 years our minimum charge for delivery by fax, mail or email had been $3.00 for anything up to 4 pages. The new minimum charge of $15.00 covers delivery (by email, fax or mail) of up to 20 pages of material from print-based sources, or email delivery of any one document that's already in digital format, regardless of the number of pages. Print-based documents longer than 20 pages are billed at 75 cents per page. These fees are all subject to sales tax where applicable.

For a complete listing of our copying, printing and document delivery fees, please see this updated chart or check our Request Fees & Policies page.

To request a document, call the WSLL Reference Desk at 608-267-9696, or dial toll free 800-322-9755 and ask for the Reference Desk. Or, submit your request electronically using our Request a Document webpage.

Upcoming Library Closings

WSLL, DCLRC and MLRC will be closed Monday, January 18 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. state holiday. The three libraries will also be closed on Monday, February 15, another designated furlough day. Remember that many library resources are available 24/7 on the WSLL website, wilawlibrary.gov. To submit a reference or document delivery inquiry while the library is closed, use our Ask a Librarian and Request a Document webpages. We’ll respond the next business day.

Upcoming Classes

Sign up today to reserve your space in the following legal research classes.

Using Loislaw.com @ the State Law Library: How Does It Work?
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Wisconsin State Law Library

Here’s an opportunity to become more familiar with the various Loislaw.com databases provided on the WSLL’s public access computers, and how they can save you research time and money. Learn the basics of searching and printing while exploring primary law of all state and federal jurisdictions. Tired of slogging through print digests? There’s a better way!
FREE Class. 1 CLE credit applied for. Registration is limited to 8. Register Online | Print Registration Form

Watch, Learn, and Listen with WisconsinEye
Wednesday, March 17, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Wisconsin State Law Library

WisconsinEye has been dubbed "Wisconsin's C-SPAN," providing live coverage and archived video of various government happenings. The website and television channel are valuable tools for anyone following state and local government. In this one-hour educational session, Christopher Long, CEO and President of WisconsinEye, will discuss the history and mission of the network, lead a tour of the website and take questions pertaining to this unique service. Legislative hearings, floor sessions, Supreme Court oral arguments, local public board meetings and news conferences are just some of the offerings on WisconsinEye. Join us to learn about these and more!
FREE Class. 1 CLE credit applied for. Registration is limited to 20. Register Online | Print Registration Form

Wisconsin Court System Website: New Features, Old Favorites
Wednesday, May 12, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Wisconsin State Law Library

You’re invited to attend this FREE one hour workshop on the Wisconsin Court System’s website! This class will introduce and demonstrate how to find and navigate the many useful sites and sources on the court’s webpage. Learn about finding information for court users as well as trial, appellate, and supreme court records, online forms, E-filing, briefs online, RSS feeds and more.
FREE Class. 1 CLE credit applied for. Registration is limited to 8. Register Online | Print Registration Form

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This Just In… – Peter Boll

New Edition! Jury selection: the law, art, and science of selecting a jury, by James J. Gobert, Ellen Kreitzberg, Charles H. Rose III
Third edition
West, 2009
Call Number: KF 8979 .G63 2009

This new edition examines an integrated approach to jury selection, providing the latest social science methodology and voir dire techniques in order to help identify problems, spot personality traits, and isolate social and political biases that may affect jury decisions. The authors include questions for plaintiff and defense lawyers, and court-proven tips for making favorable impressions on the jury. Chapters include: The Right to a Jury Trial; Characteristics and Features of the Jury; Community Analysis: Goals and Methodologies; Investigation of Venire; Mock and Shadow Juries; Challenges to the Array; Challenges for Cause; Peremptory Challenges; Civil and Criminal Voir Dire; and Approaches to Jury Selection.

New Title! Wisconsin crimes: elements, definitions, and penalties, by Professor David E. Schultz
UW Law School, Continuing Education and Outreach, 2009
Call Number: KFW 2983 .S38 2009

Primarily intended for judges to use when accepting guilty pleas, this handy guide may also be useful to prosecutors, defense attorneys, and law enforcement officers. Included are summaries of the elements of most crimes in the Wisconsin Criminal Code and selected criminal traffic offenses, and non-Criminal Code offenses. Crimes are grouped by the chapter of Wisconsin Statutes in which they appear and are arranged by statute number. Each entry begins with a reference to the applicable jury instruction and a list of the elements of that crime set forth in the instruction. The penalty for each crime is then provided. Also identified are offenses which qualify as predicates for application of “persistent repeater” provisions (three strikes, two strikes, mandatory sex offender registration, etc.). General definitions of terms in the Criminal Code are provided. Terms which are defined appear in bold in the entries and notes on elements of crimes. Also provided is a statute and text reference table in statute number order, which helps to quickly identify the page of text that discusses a particular statute.


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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

Password Protection for USB Drives

USB flash drives - also known as thumb drives, jump drives, memory sticks - are a convenient way to store data and take files with you. But, like anything small and portable, these drives are easy to misplace or lose. The prospect of losing a drive may make you wonder about password protection. What are the options for secure USB drives?

If you routinely carry sensitive information on a flash drive, it makes sense to invest in one that offers encryption or password protection. These drives are more expensive. IronKey drives, for example, cost $80.00 - $300.00. Another option is to download a password protection program onto a USB drive that doesn’t come with that feature. TrueCrypt, PGP and Password Safe are some of the free or low cost options available.

However, if you don’t want to invest in an encrypted drive or mess with downloading a new program, consider using the Microsoft Windows compressed zipped folder feature, which offers password protection. Here’s how:

  1. Choose a file or folder on your USB drive that you want to protect with a password.
  2. Right mouse click on the file or folder icon, choose “Send to” and from that menu, choose “Compressed (zipped) folder.” This will create a folder labeled with the same name as the file or folder you just chose.
  3. Double click on the new zipped folder to open it.
  4. From the “File” menu at the top, choose “add a password.”
  5. Enter a password for the file.

Using this method, you can password protect some or all files on a USB drive.

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Odds ‘n’ Endings – Amy Crowder

Let It Snow…

This January, we seem to be surrounded by snow. It made this librarian want to do some online research on the topic. You could say I have snow-on-the-brain!

The snowmobile was invented here in Wisconsin in 1924, according to the Wisconsin Historical Society. The Snowmobile Hall of Fame and Museum is in St. Germain, Wisconsin and the World Championship Snowmobile Derby is being held this month in Eagle River.

Almost 187 inches of snow fell over a 7 day period on Alaska’s Thompson Pass in 1953. That’s over 15 feet! For more snow facts visit the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation maintains a Winter Road Conditions Map online. TravelWisconsin.com provides snow condition reports for downhill, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling.

Weather Underground provides historical global weather conditions. Simply select a location and date.

January Notables

1st – Happy New Year!

18th – Wisconsin State Law Library, Milwaukee Legal Resource Center & Dane County Legal Resource Center closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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