Wisconsin RSB to Digitize Historical Statutes & Admin Code

It appears that the Wisconsin Revisor of Statutes Bureau has plans to digitize all laws and statutes back to 1848 as well as prior versions of the Wisconsin Administrative Code. A definite schedule is not in place, however.
According to Bruce Hoesly at the RSB:
Basically we are scanning pages as time allows. We already have scanned the Acts back to 1969 and those are available on the internet. We also will be scanning administrative code and rule orders. Statutes will be going up volume by volume as they are completed rather than one chunk. As statutes get done they will be added to the list of archived statutes which is already on our website that currently goes back to 1989. (bottom of the left hand column.) Old acts appear on the Wisconsin Acts page
As you may or may not know, the history notes in the online Folio statutes, which go back to the 1971 Laws, are linked to the respective archived acts. And administrative code history sections are linked to all electronic rule orders that are currently available in electronic form, as well as to the registers, which contained the noted changes and those registers are linked to the Admin code text that was replaced. Those links only go back to around 2000, but will be expanded as well.
It may also interest you that we will be adding links from the case annotations in the Folio version of the statutes to Wisconsin appellate cases on the court’s web site. By the end of the year, we expect o have links to all of the cited cases on the court’s web site, which go back to 1995. If at any time the court adds to its archive we will add links.

Free Legal Research Workshops

The Wisconsin State Law Library (WSLL) & Dane County Legal Resource Center (DCLRC) will be offering a number of free workshops.
WSLL Workshops:
Wisconsin Court System Website: What’s On It For Me?
Wednesday July 7, 2004 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Navigate the Court System’s website and find the information you need. Learn how to access Circuit Court records, find mandatory forms, search Supreme Court and Court of Appeals opinions, and check appellate case status. Explore additional resources such as the Self Help Center and court administrative office pages. Join us for a tour of this useful website.
FREE Class. Registration is limited to 8.
For more information, see the WSLL Workshop Schedule
WSLL Web Tour
Wednesday August 4, 2004 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Take a guided tour of the information-packed WSLL website. Explore Wisconsin & Federal legal resources, travel around the Legal Topics page, and learn to navigate our web catalog and LegalTrac.
FREE Class. Registration is limited to 8.
For more information, see the WSLL Workshop Schedule
DCLRC Workshops:
Legal Research in a Nutshell
The class covers the basic Wisconsin primary and secondary legal resources in print and on the Internet and is designed for those with little or no experience with legal materials.
• Saturday June 19 at South Madison Branch of Madison Public Library (2222 S Park Street). Call (608) 266-6395 to reserve a spot.
• Thursday June 24 at Monona Public Library (1000 Nichols Rd., Monona). Call (608) 222-6127 to reserve a spot.
Legal Information Sessions
Monthly workshop on various topics related to legal research or court procedures. Presented by DCLRC staff, no legal advice will be given at these sessions. The public is welcome to attend. All sessions are 12-1 p.m. in the DCLRC (Room 315 in the Courthouse). Contact us for more information, 266-6316 or dclrc.ref@wicourts.gov.
• Thursday June 17: How to Research a Legal Question. This session will cover how to develop a method or process for finding legal information and resources. Various ways of researching a legal question will be shown.
• Thursday July 15: How to Find WI Primary Law: Statutes and Ordinances
• Thursday August 12: How to find legal resources written for the nonlawyer
• Thursday September 16: Initiating a Court Action: Locating Court Rules & Forms
• Thursday October 14: Dane County Court Offices Tour
• Thursday November 18: Who ya’ gonna call? Finding legal services and resources in Dane Co.