Over the summer, the Law Library created a series of videos that highlights the ways that we foster research and learning at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Just in time to celebrate the UW Law School’s sesquicentennial (that’s 150 years if anyone’s counting), the videos highlight not only our beautiful library space but also our collections and research support.
Each 30-second video highlights a different facet of the Law Library:
The first video is an introduction and welcome to the UW Law Library
The second video focuses on the library’s broad collection of resources
The third video highlights the variety of research assistance that we provide
The fourth video shows off our beautiful library space where students gather for study and collaboration
We hope that you enjoy and share these videos widely. Here is a helpful link to a playlist of all the videos for easy sharing (list appears at the top right).
Many people were involved in the creation of these videos both behind the scenes and in front of the camera, but I would particularly like to acknowledge the work of Reference & Technology Librarian, Emma Babler, who coordinated the project.
For example, the article cites a reduction in the number of “plain language” reviews of laws or court cases from 27 in 2014 to 11 last year. The number of reports produced by the LRB has also fallen in recent years from 22 in 2014, 16 in 2015, 5 in 2016, 1 in 2017, and none so far in 2018.
See the article for more information about the cuts as well as a bit of history of the LRB in Wisconsin.
Sometimes we get to post really great news. In that vein, it is with great pleasure that I announce that Bonnie Shucha, the creator of WisBlawg, has been appointed the Law School’s Associate Dean for Library and Information Services and Director of the Law Library. Her appointment, which followed a national search, took effect February 6.
Bonnie joined the Law Library staff in 1999. She has served as our Reference and Electronic Services Librarian, Head of Reference, Assistant and then Associate Director for Public Services, and most recently Deputy Director. Her professional accomplishments are extensive, and she has been an active participant in local and national library activities and associations.
Bonnie is taking over for Steve Barkan, who will be retiring this spring. Steve, the UW Law School’s Voss–Bascom Professor of Law and Director of the Law Library, joined our Law School faculty in 1995. He has also held library positions at Marquette Law School, the University of TX at Austin School of Law, the US Supreme Court, and the University of Southern California Law School.
Among many other activities, Steve taught Torts I and Torts II for many years. He is chair of the Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners, and he has served on numerous ABA site visits. He is a co-author/editor ofFundamentals of Legal Researchand founding editor ofPerspectives. He will be receiving a Wisconsin Law Journal Leaders in Law Lifetime Achievement Award later this month.
Congratulations to Bonnie on her new position and to Steve on his upcoming retirement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Texts about reference and/or research resources or services
Embedded media about reference and/or research
Links to or attachments of Research Guides (LibGuides or other bibliographies)
Promotions about instructional workshops, research forums, or other reference/research formal instruction
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.
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.