The University of Wisconsin Law Library engages in regular strategic planning and assessment of our effectiveness in achieving our mission and realizing our goals. At the beginning of the academic year, we develop a strategic plan consisting of three parts: our mission and vision, our ongoing key priorities, and a selection of strategic initiatives on which we will focus that year. Then, at the end of the year, we assess of our efforts in achieving our annual goals.
Because a picture is worth a thousand words, we used infographics throughout both our strategic plan and assessment report to make the information more accessible to key stakeholders. Inspired by the University of Georgia Law Library, we used Piktochart to create the infographics.
Here’s a snapshot of our 2016-17 strategic plan. Our 2017-18 plan is available on our website.
We recently finalized our 2016-17 assessment report based on this strategic plan. The full report is available on our website, but here are compilations of the infographics that we created to assess our ongoing key priorities and annual strategic initiatives.
LLMC Digital is a searchable archive of historical primary legal sources for Wisconsin, the United States, and other jurisdictions. Wisconsin materials included in LLMC’s collections include historical Wisconsin reports, session laws, and statutes. A large number of secondary sources including federal government periodicals and treatises are also searchable via LLMC.
The Wisconsin State Law Library has recently announced that with your Wisconsin State Law Library card, you can now log into LLMC Digital from outside the library.
Wisconsin State Law Library cardholders also have off-site access to HeinOnline, the Index to Legal Periodicals and Books, and Legal Trac.
The UW Law Library is pleased to announce our newest law librarian: Emma Babler. Emma will be our new Reference and Technology Librarian, where she will be tasked with assisting students, staff, and anyone who asks a question! Emma comes to us from the UNLV Law Library but received both her MLS and JD from the University of Wisconsin.
Welcome, Emma! We’re excited to be working with you!
For the last fifteen years, the University of Wisconsin Law Library has encouraged research and learning through our National Library Week celebration. Over the years, we’ve organized numerous events, including trivia and research contests, displays, book giveaways, and reading recommendations. But the most popular and long lived of all our National Library Week events has been our “celebrity” READ posters featuring UW Law School faculty and staff.
Since we unveiled our first READ poster in 2006, over twenty Law School faculty and staff have been featured, each holding a book that has sparked their interest or that has had an influence in their lives. Book subjects have varied broadly, ranging from contract law to Muslim jurisprudence, from science fiction to shoes, and from mathematical proofs to metaphysical motorcycle journeys.
In commemoration of our ten years of UW Law School faculty and staff READ posters, we’ve put together a photo book featuring all seventeen posters. See Deputy Director, Bonnie Shucha if you’d like to view or order a copy.
All of our “celebrity” posters are permanently on display throughout the UW Law Library. You can also see them in our Pinterest READ Posters collection.
It’s National Library Week! Check out this year’s celebrations at the University of Wisconsin Law Library.
Monday – Law Student Book Giveaway
Watch out – free books for law students! They go pretty quickly but there may be a few good ones left.
Tuesday – Law Library Open House for Faculty and Staff
Yesterday, we welcomed about seventy Law School faculty and staff to our first NLW Open House. This amazing cake from Lane’s Bakery really set the theme. How many of these classic books have you read?
Wednesday – Trivia Contest for Law Students
Tonight Head of Reference and Trivia Master, Kris Turner will put our law students to the test. We’ll see how they fare against our Law Library team.
Thursday – READ Posters
Tomorrow is a great day for a Make-Your-Own READ poster at the Law Library. Grab your favorite book and say cheese! Stop by the Circulation Desk anytime this week to have your photo taken.
While you’re here, check out our latest faculty READ poster. This year’s “celebrity” is Professor Larry Church – five time winner of the UW Law School Teacher of the Year Award. For our previous posters, see our Pinterest READ Posters collection.
Friday – Bluebooking Tips for the Write-on and Beyond
We’ll round out the week with our ever popular Bluebooking workshop for law students preparing to write-on to one of the UW Law School’s three journals – the Wisconsin Law Review, the Wisconsin International Law Journal, and the Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society.
But Wait, There’s More! – What Are Our Faculty & Staff Reading?
Looking for some great book recommendations? See our LibGuide of titles recommended by UW Law School faculty and staff.
A new study in the latest edition of The Reference Librarian explores the use of blogs by academic law librarians. In “An Exploratory Examination and Critique of Academic Law Librarian Blogs: A Look into an Evolving Reference Communication Practice,” author Grace Jackson-Brown of Missouri State University “demonstrates how academic law librarians use blogs as a communication tool and become proactive in their Reference/Research roles.”
Jackson-Brown identified 227 law library blogs (using the list maintained by CS-SIS). Of these, 67 were academic blogs. A small random sample of seven blogs was selected. WisBlawg was one of the blogs included in the study. A full list appears below:
Jackson-Brown examined posts from the 2014-15 academic year and placed them into categories based on the primary content of the post. The largest category (30+%) was “Reference/Research.” These were further subdivided into the following:
Jackson-Brown found that the blogs in the study were mainly targeted toward internal audiences (primarily law students) but that the blogs also had wider appeal to general audiences. WisBlawg is an outlier among the group as our primarily target audience is external as noted in the study.
In her conclusion, Jackson-Brown states that
The study shows how a sample group of law librarians through the social media of blogs engage with their libraries’ users and wider audiences or communities. The law librarian bloggers “push out” important information content based on what they anticipate will be of interest or need to their users and audiences in an effort to connect and interact with communities of researchers and library users.
Last week, the UW Law School hosted a symposium on the Bhopal Disaster, which killed thousands of people in the Bhopal region of India, left a long legal trail, and is still controversial to this day.
As a part of that symposium, the UW Law Library, in conjunction with faculty members Mitra Sharafi, Sumudu Atapattu and Marc Galanter, launched “Bhopal: Law Accidents and Disasters in India: A Digital Archive initiated by Marc Galanter“. This digital archive, housing nearly 3,500 scanned items related to Bhopal, is freely available for anyone to use. The resources range from court documents and newspaper clippings to embedded video and other secondary resources. The court documents can be downloaded as full-text PDFs from anywhere in the world, while the newspaper clippings can be downloaded at the Law School.
Professor Marc Galanter, who was involved in the Bhopal legal case in the United States, provides pertinent background history and context for new researchers, and his collection is what both inspired and formed the foundation for the digital archive.
Researchers can quickly do a full-text search across the entire collection or narrow down to search only newspaper clippings or court documents. A bibliography of related Bhopal resources is also included.
Potentially the most exciting part of the Bhopal archive is that it will continue to grow. As other Bhopal scholars volunteer their unique material, it will be reviewed and added to the collection, thereby strengthening the usefulness of the collection itself.
The Bhopal collection is the first special collection of the UW Law School Digital Repository. If there are any questions about the Bhopal collection or the repository itself, please feel free to contact Kris Turner, or more information can be found at the UW Law School Library website.
In a ceremony on October 19, the Wisconsin State Law Library was officially named the David T. Prosser, Jr. State Law Library.
From the State Law Library blog:
The event, attended by a number of public officials, marked Prosser’s 40 years of public service on the Supreme Court, Tax Appeals Commission, and Legislature prior to his retirement in July of 2016. [The] ceremony was also an opportunity to highlight the library’s 180 years of service to the State of Wisconsin.
For more information, see the WI Court System’s press release.
This month, the UW Law Library celebrates its 35th anniversary as a Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) Selective Depository.
As a Selective Depository, the Law Library receives certain classes of federal government documents free of cost and makes them available to the university and law school communities and to the general public. The Law Library also houses some documents for the UW Madison General Library System which serves as a Regional Depository.
Our Documents Assistant, Margaret Booth, has created a lovely display entitled “Documents Through the Decades” showcasing the history of our 35 years in the FDLP and some interesting documents of various media types. There are even a few floppy disks – remember those?
There are also some giveaways, including brochures, pocket constitutions, bookmarks, notepads, and pencils.
ELLE Decor has featured the University of Wisconsin Law School Library as one of The 50 Best Libraries In The United States. A lovely photo of our Habush, Habush, and Rottier Reading Room is included in the piece.