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WSLL @ Your Service   December, 2005
An E-publication of the Wisconsin State Law Library

You are cordially invited to the Wisconsin State Law Library’s
Annual Winter Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 14
3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Reading Room
120 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., 2nd floor, downtown Madison
Map / Parking Information

The Wisconsin State Law Library, Milwaukee Legal Resource Center and Dane County Legal Resource Center
will be closed for the holidays on
Monday, December 26 and Monday, January 2.

From all of us to all of you, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

This Just In... -- Pete Boll   @ Your Service – Connie Von Der Heide

This month’s featured titles include:

NEW! Race, Ethnicity & Criminal Justice: A Resource Guide / by David L. Hudson Jr. American Bar Association, 2005.
Call Number KF 9223.Z9 H837 2005

This title explores the history of inequality in the criminal justice system. Emphasis is placed on current topics such as racial and ethnic profiling, diversity in the criminal justice system and crime victimization, as well as race and ethnicity as factors in the death penalty and the war on drugs. It also includes a timeline of United States Supreme Court Cases, student activities, resources, and terms and vocabulary.

NEW EDITION! Art Law: The Guide For Collectors, Investors, Dealers, And Artists, 3rd edition/ by Ralph E. Lerner, Judith Bresler. Practising Law Institute, 2005.
Call Number KF 4288 .L47 2005

Significantly updated since the 2nd edition in 1998, Lerner and Bresler’s classic treatise is considered the gold standard in legal and tax guidance for visual art professionals and their attorneys. The new 3-volume edition includes many forms, checklists, charts, and procedural guides designed to help art professionals draft effective agreements, avoid legal pitfalls, and exploit tax saving opportunities. It also features an analysis of the implications of revised UCC Article 9 for art transactions, a detailed examination of tax-free exchanges of artworks under IRC Section 1031, and an entire chapter on the complicated legal issues involved in online art. New and expanded coverage in this edition:

  • Entrustment in art deals
  • Auctioneer’s responsibility to buyers
  • Online appraisals
  • Fraud in online art transactions
  • Art as visual speech
  • Fine art licensing
  • Art related insight into the UNESCO Convention, Digital Millennium Copyright Act, National Stolen Property Act, Communications Decency Act, and EU Directives

Check our library catalog for availability of these or other materials you may need. For additional assistance, please contact our Reference Desk.

This occasional column highlights State Law Library departments and services. We hope it helps you become more familiar with all the ways we work to provide you with excellent service! – Ed.

Circulation By Mail for Judges and Attorneys
When time or distance prevents you from visiting the Wisconsin State Law Library to borrow materials, we can ship them directly to your office with our Circulation By Mail service. Anyone licensed to practice law in Wisconsin may use this service, whether you are located within or outside the state.

How does Circulation By Mail work?
If you’re not sure which titles you need, start by searching our library catalog. To place a request, contact our Reference Desk. The librarian on duty will verify that the items are available and can place holds on anything that’s currently in circulation.

Materials are shipped the day or day after you place your request. We normally ship by UPS ground service, with next business day delivery to most areas within the state. Delivery to far northern Wisconsin or an out of state location may take longer. Milwaukee area attorneys may also have materials delivered to the Milwaukee Legal Resource Center (MLRC) through our once-a-week interlibrary delivery service. When time is critical, FedEx shipping is another option.

How much does it cost?
For attorneys, the cost depends on the delivery method you choose:

  • UPS ground delivery: $10.00 per item plus return delivery.
  • FedEx delivery: $10.00 per item, plus FedEx charges billed directly to your FedEx account. You are also responsible for return delivery costs.
  • Interlibrary delivery to the MLRC: No charge. You may also return the materials there for free delivery back to the State Law Library, or ship them directly at your own expense.

Your loan period is 3 weeks, with an option to renew them for one additional week if needed. You may renew materials online with your library card number, or you may contact the library for assistance.

For judges, materials are shipped no charge; you are responsible for return delivery costs. We use UPS ground service unless you request another method. Your loan period is 30 days, and you may also renew materials online with your library card number or by contacting the library.

To take advantage of this convenient service, please contact our Reference Desk. We look forward to hearing from you.
Tech Tip in Brief -- Heidi Yelk Odds 'n' Endings -- Julie Tessmer

Don’t Trip up on Your Next Road Trip
A recent experiment by Good Housekeeping magazine proved what most of us have suspected for years: online map services do not necessarily provide the best driving directions.

The magazine tested six online map services, following driving directions in upper New York state. The six services were: Expedia.com, Google Maps, MSN Maps / MapBlast!, Maps On Us, MapQuest, and Yahoo! Maps.

MSN Maps/MapBlast! had the fewest number of errors with four each. Maps On Us had the most with six. Typical problems throughout the six services included listing streets or exits that didn’t exist; labeling roads with the wrong name; and providing confusing turning instructions. MapQuest received praise for being the easiest site to use, and Yahoo! Maps was extolled for its SmartView, a feature that finds local restaurants and ATMs.

So, as you head off to find Granny’s new condo this holiday season, be sure to take along an old-fashioned paper map. For more details on the driving directions test, see the November 2005 issue of Good Housekeeping, page 80. [Note: At time of publication this article was not yet available online. Library and Court users can check for it by using our E-Journal Portal. Others in Wisconsin who have access to BadgerLink may look for it in EbscoHost’s MasterFILE Premier, Academic Search Elite, and Corporate ResourceNet databases. BadgerLink is available for free to most Wisconsin citizens.]

Print, Save or Email images with IE Image Toolbar
The image toolbar in Internet Explorer makes it easy to print, save, or email photographs and images found on webpages. The IE Image Toolbar pops up whenever you move your mouse over the upper left corner of a web photo or image. It offers four functions: save, print, email and open picture folder. A quick click on the Email button opens a new email message and seamlessly attaches the image. The Print and Save options will print or save just the image, not the surrounding text.

To deactivate the IE Image Toolbar, hold your mouse over the toolbar, click the right mouse button and choose Disable Image Toolbar. To turn the Image Toolbar on, open Internet Explorer, go to the Tools menu and choose Options. Click on the Advanced Tab, scroll down to the Multimedia section, and check the box next to Enable Image Toolbar.

Is there a tech topic you’d like us to cover? Please send it to the editor.


The Web keeps growing and growing. A recent BBC News article reported that from January through October 2005, the Web grew by more than 17 million sites. According to an October monthly survey by Netcraft, a web monitoring firm, the Web now has close to 75 million registered web addresses, an increase of 2.68 million over its September survey. Compare that with the 18,957 sites Netcraft found in its first monthly survey just over ten years ago. A major contributor to recent growth is the increasing popularity of blogs.

And thanks to gadgets like iPods, sales of online paid content have also risen dramatically. According to a new study by the Online Publishers Association, U.S. consumer spending for online content grew to $987 million during the first six months of 2005, an increase of 15.7 percent over the same period last year. And, for the first time, quarterly sales topped the half billion dollar mark in the second quarter. Of the 11 categories tracked for the report, the top three—Entertainment/Lifestyles, Personals/Dating and Business/Investment—accounted for just over two-thirds of online content spending for the first half of 2005, up slightly from 67.3 percent for the full year 2004.

December notables

7 - The anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. The National Geographic Society has an extensive webpage called Remembering Pearl Harbor and the National Park Service website provides information on the USS Arizona Memorial, located in Pearl Harbor.

December 7th also marks the date in 1787 that Delaware became the first state to ratify the Constitution of the United States. Delaware’s state motto, “The First State” reflects that honor. Read more about it on this State of Delaware history webpage. And remember, it’s easy to access online law related resources for any state in the Union by clicking the State Law link on our homepage. (see left sidebar)

10 – Commemorates the anniversary of the death in 1896 of Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel. In his will, he provided for the establishment of the Nobel Prize.

14 – WSLL Annual Winter Holiday Open House, 3 to 5 pm in the Reading Room.

15 – Bill of Rights Day. Visit our Constitutions page for links to the full text of the Bill of Rights and commentary.

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