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March 31, 2011

Workshop Series on Global Legal Issues and Wisconsin

The UW Law School has announced the 5th annual outreach workshop series on the theme Global Legal Issues and Wisconsin.

The workshops explore the legal and policy implications of global legal issues on Wisconsin. This year's workshops focus on: renewable energy, global health law, and emerging economies. See the detailed descriptions for more information.

The workshops are open to Wisconsin attorneys, policy makers, state agencies, civil society groups and others. Participants are welcome to register for one or more workshops.

The workshops are sponsored by Global Legal Studies Center (GLS) and Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE) and co-sponsored by the International Practice Section, State Bar of Wisconsin.

March 30, 2011

Law School Forum Tonight on "The Role of Organized Labor in a Democracy"

The University of Wisconsin Law School is sponsoring a forum this evening on "The Role of Organized Labor in a Democracy."

It will be held Wednesday, March 30, 2011 from 6-8 pm in the Godfrey and Kahn Hall (Law School Room 2260). The forum is open to students, the legal and academic communities, and the public:

Agenda:

  • 6:00-6:10 Overview and Introductions Moderator: Heinz Klug, UW Law School

  • 6:10-7:10 The Place of Workers in a Democracy

    "Economics and Quality Jobs"
    Laura Dresser, UW Center on Wisconsin Strategies (COWS)

    "Budget Impact on Working Families"
    Vicky Selkowe, Chief of Staff, Rep. Cory Mason

    "Public Pensions - A solution to public deficits?"
    Paul Secunda, Marquette University Law School

    "Worker Rights as Human Rights: International and Constitutional Perspectives"
    Jonathan Rosenblum, Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice

    Moderated Q&A: Questions to the panel by Prof. Carin Clauss and audience

  • 7:10-7:15 Panel Introductions: Heinz Klug

  • 7:15-8:00 Public Sector Collective Bargaining - Practitioners' Panel

    Union Perspective: Rich Saks, Hawks Quindel SC
    Employer Perspective: Shana Lewis, Lathrop and Clark LLP
    Neutral Perspective: Howard Bellman, Mediator and Arbitrator

    Moderated Q&A: Questions to the panel by Prof. Neill DeClercq and audience

  • 8:00 Adjourn

March 23, 2011

Who Owns My Body and Where Is It Now?

UW-Madison is sponsoring a capstone event to bring the campus and community together around the important questions regarding race, research involving human subjects and the business of commercializing human-derived biomaterials raised in the book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Co-sponsored by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, UW Law School, the UW-Madison Libraries and WARF, this free 2-day conference features discussions, keynote lectures and films. See the detailed agenda.

Highlights on Friday, April 15 include an exploration of who owns human specimens and materials and why it matters, a keynote lecture by Ruth Faden, Executive Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics on the controversies raised in the Skloot book, and a showing of "Made in India" (as seen at the Wisconsin Film Festival) followed by a moderated discussion.

On Saturday, April 16 panelists including UW-Madison's Alta Charo, Pilar Ossorio and Norm Fost will explore whether Henrietta Lacks and her cells would meet with the same fate in today's environment. The day will conclude with a keynote lecture by Vanessa Northington Gamble, University Professor of Medical Humanities at the George Washington University entitled, "Henrietta Lacks Beyond Her Cells: Race, Racism, and American Medicine," and additional film showing and discussion following.

Registration is preferred for this free event.

September 15, 2010

Conference - Legal Education Reform after Carnegie: Bringing Law-in-Action into the Law School Classroom

Next month, the University of Wisconsin Law School and the Institute for Legal Studies is hosting conference for faculty, staff, law students, and visiting scholars entitled Legal Education Reform after Carnegie: Bringing Law-in-Action into the Law School Classroom. The conference will be held October 22-23, 2010.

Intellectual Overview: This conference takes its impetus from a current wave of interest in reforming legal education. Recent publication of both the Carnegie Report and a statement of Best Practices for Legal Education have drawn attention to innovative pedagogical efforts in law schools across the country. We continue the conversation in this conference, focusing in particular on how the law works in action, and on how a law-in-action perspective can inform our teaching. This is a unique moment in the history of the legal academy, when interest in pedagogical reform is arising simultaneously with renewed attention to social science. At the same time, many law teachers are experimenting with new teaching methods designed to bring law to life in the classroom. Today there is the potential for a kind of synergy not seen since the rise of legal realism and the push for clinical education in law schools.

Carnegie Report authors join law school deans and law professors at a two-day conference in Madison, home of the law-in-action approach with a longstanding tradition of combining social science and law. But we seek to highlight the advances at other institutions as well. This is just a beginning -- we invite you to share your wisdom and ideas as we continue the process of rethinking legal education, working together. Stay tuned for plans to launch a national website, hosted by the American Bar Foundation, where examples and ideas from all law schools will be welcomed.

Program Chair: Elizabeth Mertz, John and Rylla Bosshard Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School, and Senior Research Fellow at the American Bar Foundation; Visiting Research Scholar, Program in Law and Public Affairs, Princeton University (2010-11).

Location: The Conference will take place in room 325 at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street, Madison.

Timeline:
Friday, 10/22: Coffee 9:30 am; Sessions 10:00-5:30 (followed by a reception and dinner for panelists and speakers.) Saturday, 10/23: Coffee 8:30 am; Sessions 9:00-4:30 (followed by post-conference session for planning group 4:45-6:00).

Registration Required / Deadline Oct. 11th: Due to space constraints, attendance is limited to faculty, academic staff, law students, and visiting scholars. If you are interested in attending this event, please email Pam Hollenhorst, Associate Director, Institute for Legal Studies, including your full name and institutional affiliation, indicating which days or half days you wish to attend.

August 26, 2010

Program on Researching Patent and Trademark Information

Milwaukee Public Library will be hosting a program presented by the U.S. Patent and Trade Office on Researching Patent and Trademark Information. The program will cover:

  • Overview of Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secrets / Making the Best Use of the USPTO Website
  • Conducting a Patent Search, Step by Step
  • Invention Promotion Firms: How to Ask the Right Questions
  • Conducting a Trademark Search, Step by Step

The all day program on Wednesday September 8 is free, but registration is required. To register, contact Judy Pinger - Business and Technology Coordinator at 414.286.3247 or email jeping@milwaukee.gov.

February 12, 2010

Workshops on Current Issues in International Law: Implications for Wisconsin

The UW Law School Global Legal Studies Center, the UW-Madison Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy, and the International Practice Section of the State Bar are co-sponsoring three workshops on Current Issues in International Law: Implications for Wisconsin

The workshops are free for attorneys, policy makers, state agency personnel, civil society groups, students and others interested in global legal issues. Continuing legal education credits are pending.

Description of the workshops:

Due to globalization, international society is rapidly shrinking with the line between international law and national law becoming increasingly blurred. Given the increasing importance of international law and how close it has become to our day to day lives, we are organizing a series of workshops on the following topics:

February 18: Innovation: Role of the University, Industry and Intellectual Property Law

March 22: Beyond Copenhagen: Climate Change and Wisconsin

April 15: Legal Aspects of Doing Business in India

Click on the individual titles to view the agenda of a particular workshop.
Click here to view a full overview of the workshops and access the registration form.

All workshops run from 2:45-6:00 pm (reception from 5:30-6:00 pm) and are held in Lubar Commons (7200 Law) at the UW Law School.

Registration is free but space is limited. If you would like to register, please fill in the registration form and fax, email or mail it to Sumudu Atapattu (see below for contact details) before the date indicated for each workshop in order to facilitate planning. Registration is requested by 2/17 for Innovation, 3/15 for Beyond Copenhagen, and 4/9 for India. Access registration form here.

Questions? Contact: Sumudu Atapattu
Associate Director, Global Legal Studies Center
University of Wisconsin Law School, Room 6222 975 Bascom Mall,
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 890-1395, fax: (608) 262-5486
saatapattu@wisc.edu

December 2, 2009

Seminar on Lawyers, Lobbyists and Legislators

The State Bar is offering an interesting seminar/webinar next Friday entitled Lawyers, Lobbyists and Legislators.

The morning is devoted to Legislative Resources for Lawyers. The program kicks off with a session on "Researching the Legislative History of a Bill" with Jason Anderson and Steve Miller of the LRB. The remainder of the morning is on useful resources from the various Legislative agencies plus a primer on the Administrative Rule Making Process.

The afternoon will cover When a Lawyer Runs for Elected Office. Participants will explore the conflict of law between Supreme Court Rule 20 and the Government Accountability Board rules. This seminar will help you gain a better understanding of the choices and dilemmas a lawyer faces while holding a public office.

See the full program schedule for more details.

Thanks to my law librarian colleague, Mary Koshollek, for the notice.

August 13, 2009

Legacies of Lincoln Conference & Database of Materials from Lincoln's Law Practice

From the Marquette Law School Faculty Blog:

This year marks both the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth and the sesquicentennial of his visit to Milwaukee to speak at the Wisconsin State Fair... To commemorate these events, Marquette University Law School, together with the Department of History, will host a conference entitled "Legacies of Lincoln." This conference, occurring on October 1 & 2, promises to be a very fine event.
For more information, see the website. Note that CLE credit is available for a fee.

One of the sessions on Friday is entitled "Lincoln as Lawyer" which reminds me of a database I learned about at the AALL Annual Meeting last month. The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln is a free database containing records, letters, documents, contemporary printed accounts, or after-the-fact recollections that relate directly to Abraham Lincoln's law practice during the years 1836 to 1861.

June 5, 2009

Madison Police Dept Offers Free Classes for Parents on Internet Safety

The Madison Police Department is offering free classes on Internet Safety, Text Messaging, MySpace, and Facebook. The classes are geared toward parents.

Classes will be held at various locations in Madison. Dates, times and locations will be announced soon. For more information, visit Check It Out from the Madison Public Library.

June 1, 2009

Emerging Technologies & Law Libraries

Last Friday, I had the the pleasure of speaking at the Minnesota Association of Law Libraries Spring Conference. My presentation was entitled Emerging Technologies in Law Libraries: It's Everyone's Business.

I was the keynote speaker and they asked me to give an overview of emerging technologies and how law librarians are using them. I floundered around a bit as I was preparing my talk - how to cover the tons of amazing resources available in one hour - and not completely overwhelm them.

I ended up taking a step back and talking about why it's important that ALL law librarians stay aware of these technologies (see the excellent post at Librarians Matter, 20 reasons why learning emerging technologies is part of every librarian's job).

I followed up by briefly explaining what each tool does and showcasing how libraries are using them. My powerpoint, which I posted to Scribd, is below. You can also view my handout which has urls for all of the resources I discussed.
Emerging Technologies in Law Libraries Emerging Technologies in Law Libraries Bonnie Shucha Powerpoint presentation to accompany my presentation at the Minnesota Association of Law Libraries Meeting, May 29, 2009

March 16, 2009

Global Financial Crisis and Implications for Wisconsin Workshop

The University of Wisconsin Law School Global Legal Studies Center has announced an outreach workshop entitled Global Financial Crisis and Implications for Wisconsin. Attorneys, policy makers, state agencies, civil society groups and other interested groups are invited to attend.

The workshop will be held on March 25, 2009, 2:45-6:00 pm at the UW Law School in the Lubar Commons (7200 Law). CLE credit for Wisconsin attorneys pending. See the draft agenda.

Speakers are:

  • Professor Mark Copelovitch, Political Science Department, UW-Madison
  • Professor Menzie Chinn, La Follette School of Public Affairs, UW-Madison
  • Professor Darian Ibrahim, UW Law School
  • Sara Jensen, Promega Corporation, Madison

To register, complete the registration form by March 20, 2009.

This is part of a series of workshops on global legal issues on the theme: "International law and Globalization: Implications for Wisconsin"

February 18, 2009

Fastcase Webinars for WisBar Members

Wisconsin State Bar members are invited to attend free webinars from Fastcase explaining this new member benefit. Fastcase offers free, unlimited access to a comprehensive 50-state and federal case-law database including coverage of federal appellate and bankruptcy courts; the U.S. Supreme Court, and access to Wisconsin statutes, the Administrative Code, Supreme Court rules, the Constitution, attorney general opinions since 1982, and acts since 1989.

Seminars are scheduled for:

* Monday, Feb. 23, 12 - 1 p.m. (CST)
* Monday, March 23, 12 - 1 p.m. (CDT)
* Thursday, April 23, 12 - 1 p.m. (CDT)
* Thursday, May 14, 12 - 1 p.m. (CDT)

For more information, see WisBar Inside Track

February 9, 2009

WI Journal of Law, Gender & Society Announces Symposium on Gender & Criminal Justice

The Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society is hosting a symposium entitled Gender and Criminal Justice: The Impact of Gender in Criminal Law from Legislation through Incarceration. The event will be held on Saturday, March 7th, 2009 from 10am-4pm at the University of Wisconsin Law School (Lubar Commons- Room 7200, 975 Bascom Mall, Madison, WI)

The symposium is sponsored by the:
Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society, University of Wisconsin Law School, Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin, Association for Women Lawyers of the State Bar of Wisconsin, Criminal Justice Certificate Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP information is available on the journal's website.

October 8, 2008

Free Webinars for Librarians on Tech Planning & Tech Toys

SirsiDynix is offering two free webinars for librarians:

September 24, 2008

Great List of Presentation Tools

In a recent Wisconsin Technology News article, Paul Gibler has compiled some great presentation resources. There are tools for content creation, presentation delivery, presentation distribution, and presentation asset management. Lots of good stuff.

April 23, 2008

Midwest Law and Society Retreat Scheduled for Sept. 19-20

From Law School News:

The University of Wisconsin Law School's Institute for Legal Studies will host its fourth Midwest Law and Society Retreat on September 19 and 20, 2008, at the Pyle Center on the UW-Madison campus.

The interdisciplinary symposium draws faculty, independent scholars, and graduate students from diverse social science and law programs in the Midwest for a weekend of intellectual exchange and community building.

For more information about the retreat, see the Institute for Legal Studies web site. I'm scheduled to give a research methods presentation on Saturday.

April 22, 2008

Patent Searching Workshop at Milwaukee Public Library

Each month, the Milwaukee Public Library holds a free workshop on Patents 101: How to do a Patent Search. The next workshop is scheduled for Monday, April 28th from 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Central Library. For more information call (414) 286-3000.

Source: Now @ MPL

April 1, 2008

NYT's Pulitzer Prize Wining Journalist, Eric Lichtblau to Speak at UW Madison

Pulitzer Prize wining journalist, Eric Lichtblau of the New York Times will be speaking at UW Madison next week.


"How Much Does the Public Really Need to Know?
A Reporter's Perspective on the Post-9/11 Age"

Tuesday, April 8 at 2:30 p.m.

The Pyle Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison
702 Langdon Street


February 6, 2008

Medical Tourism Meets Health Law: Wisconsin International Law Journal Symposium

The 2007-2008 Wisconsin International Law Journal's Symposium entitled "Medical Tourism Meets Health Law: US-EU Dialogue" will be held at the University of Wisconsin on Friday, March 7, 2008 in the Health Sciences Learning Center. For more information, visit the symposium Web site.

To register, e-mail WILJSymposium@gmail.com by February 29, 2008. The event is free and open to the public. Continuing legal education credits for Wisconsin attorneys pending.

November 29, 2007

Building Better Briefs: Legal Research & Citation Tools on the Internet

Tomorrow morning I'm speaking at the Wisconsin Solo and Small Firm Conference. My presentation is entitled Building Better Briefs: Legal Research and Citation Tools on the Internet. I placed the slides up on Scribd.

There is a lot of great legal information on the Internet, but it's important that you know how to find it and evaluate it. I'll be offering tips on evaluating Web content and exploring some advanced Google options for finding it.

I'll also be sharing advice on how to access the 84% of Web content that can't be found via search engines like Google--a.k.a. the Invisible Web.

Finally, I'll wrap up with a discussion of some legal citation tools that can help you organize, check, and even auto-create a citation list for you.

Any WisBlawg readers attending the session-- please stop me and say hello. Or you can catch me at the Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin booth Friday afternoon.

November 2, 2007

Free Ethics CLE to be Held at Law School

A free Professional Ethics CLE Program will be held at the UW Law School this Wednesday, November 7th from 3:00 to 6:00 P.M in room 7200 (Lubar Commons).

Three Ethics CLE credits for Wisconsin lawyers will be available. No registration is required.

October 22, 2007

Save the Date - L. Gasaway to Speak at Marquette on "Amending the Copyright Act for Libraries" on April 18th

As part of National Library Week, Marquette University Law Library will be hosting Laura N. Gasaway, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Law to speak on "Amending the Copyright Act for Libraries"

The event will be held at the Marquette University Law School, Friday, April 18, 2008, 12:00 to 1:00 pm. It is open to anyone who is interested in copyright issues.

Description:

The digital revolution has changed library practices significantly; Section 108 of the U.S. Copyright Act was amended in 1998 to permit some digital copying by libraries, but it is not sufficient. Libraries and archives need a functioning exception to the exclusive rights of copyright holders. At the same time, the publishing world has changed because of digital technology. The Section 108 Study Group, and independent body appointed by the Library of Congress spent 2 1/2 years examining the current law and reporting to the Librarian of Congress and Register of Copyrights on how to amend the law to make it function better for libraries and archives without significantly harming the owners of copyrighted works. The talk will identify and explain the Study Group's recommendations.

October 10, 2007

Wisconsin Book Festival

This week marks the sixth annual Wisconsin Book Festival, themed "Domestic Tranquility." The five-day celebration will take place in and around downtown Madison, from October 10-14, 2007.

A schedule of events is available on the Web site. Note that there are several in the category law.
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Update 10/11/07:
As I posted a few months ago, WisconsinEye produces a series of programs about books and authors with a Wisconsin connection. One of the most recent programs is the Wisconsin Book Festival: Generations Panel in which "four established Milwaukee writers, attempted to bridge the artificial gap between generations when they introduced four younger writers during this Wisconsin Book Festival event."

September 24, 2007

Wisconsin Solo and Small Firm Conference

Thanks to Mary Koshollek for letting me know that the Wisconsin Solo and Small Firm Conference schedule is up. The conference will be held on November 29 and 30 at the Italian Conference Center in Milwaukee.

Attendees can choose from four tracks of programming covering Substantive Law, Practice Management, Technology and Ethics/Quality of Life as well as plenary sessions from state and national speakers. CLE credit will be available.

There will be several WI law librarians presenting, including Mary, Bev Butula, and myself. I'm speaking on day; my topic is Building Better Briefs: A Guide to Legal Research and Citation Tools on the Internet.

Another well known librarian, Catherine Sanders Reach, Director of the American Bar Association Legal Technology Resource Center, will also be presenting at a number of sessions on day one.

I've been to this conference a couple of times and it's always a good one, especially if you're interested in technology.

September 4, 2007

Legal Conference Watch is Now Legal Scholarship Blog

Legal Conference Watch, the blog announced last month from the Gallagher Law Library, has remade itself as the Legal Scholarship Blog. This blog is a collaborative service from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the Gallagher Law Library at the University of Washington School of Law.

The blog features law-related calls for papers, conferences, and workshops -- with links to relevant websites and papers as well as an event calendar -- along with scholarly resources for Research Deans and current and prospective law professors.

August 14, 2007

Legal Conference Watch

Kudos to Mary Whisner and crew for the new blog, Legal Conference Watch.

The reference department of the Gallagher Law Library of the University of Washington School of Law developed this blog in response to a faculty request for help learning about upcoming conferences. Attending and, if possible, presenting papers at conferences is a great way to develop ideas and make connections, so offering this service is a good complement to the other ways our library supports faculty scholarship...

Listings will be limited to programs that are at least a day long. Many afternoon lectures or lunchtime meetings are undoubtedly very interesting, but not worth traveling far to attend.

See also the Legal Scholarship Blog, by faculty and staff at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

May 22, 2007

Podcasts & Handouts from the Back to the Future of Legal Research Symposium

I've just learned that the handouts, podcasts, and photos are now available for the Back to the Future of Legal Research Symposium held last week at Chicago Kent.bflr.jpg

May 18, 2007

Back to the Future of Legal Research Symposium - Librarian and Practitioner Legal Research Survey Results

At the mid-morning session at the Back to the Future Symposium, we learned about the results from various practitioner and librarian surveys regarding legal research practices. Speakers were Sanford Greenberg and Tom Gaylord of Chicago-Kent College of Law and Patrick Meyer of Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

There was a lot of interesting data presented, including recommendations by Chicago law firm librarians on what skills they would like to see from new associates:

  • Electronic Searching Knowledge - 28.57%
  • Print Materials Knowledge - 37.14%
  • Subject Area Knowledge - 20%
  • Online Cost Efficiency - 14.29%
  • General Research Strategies - 22.86%
  • Google/Web - 2.86%

Also interesting were the recommendations by law firm librarians on which types of information are better accessed online and which are better in print. The majority of librarians surveyed felt that cases and digests were better used online while legislative and administrative codes were better used in print. And it's no surprise that the vast majority felt that Shepards/KeyCite was better online. Over three quarters of survey respondents felt that secondary sources were better used in print.

Back to the Future of Legal Research Symposium - Access to Digital Legal Information

I'm down in Chicago today attending the Back to the Future of Legal Research Symposium. The morning session has been very thought provoking. We heard from Mary Alice Baish of the American Association of Law Libraries who spoke about efforts (or lack thereof) of state and federal governments to provide official, authentic legal materials in the digital age. Although no states have any type of authentication program in place, she was encouraged that many have begun to consider the implications.

Ian Gallacher of Syracuse University College of Law outlined his proposal that a consortium of law schools make all common law freely available on the Internet. He lamented the fact that publishers seem to be moving away from print resources making access much more limited to those who cannot afford systems such as Westlaw and LexisNexis. This was one of the issues he raised in his presentation on why an open access legal research system is needed rather than how to go about implementing it.

May 1, 2007

Law Day Events in Wisconsin

From today's Capital Times:

In celebration of Law Day, Dane County Bar Association members will be staffing an information table at the Dane County Legal Resource Center. Lawyers will answer questions about the law and provide information about legal forms from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and assistance will be available in Spanish from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m.

Mock trials, targeted at students, will also be held in the Dane County courthouse.

The first, for young children, is based on the story "The Emperor's New Clothes," and attorneys and judges will play various roles in the trial, which is designed to give youngsters an interesting way to observe how the legal system works.

A second mock trial, titled "A Day in the Life of a Criminal Case," is for older students. In that mock trial, the students will be the participants as well. The trial is based on a shoplifting case, and students will play the roles of thief, arresting officer, judge, prosecutor, defense lawyer and jurors as the case makes its way through the justice system.

Around the state, WisBar reports that seventy Wisconsin lawyers will celebrate Law Day by making one-hour classroom presentations in more than 100 schools in the state. The State Bar Young Lawyers Division has developed a 16-page newspaper insert that focuses public attention on the checks and balances that protect citizen rights by distributing key powers among three distinct branches of government.

Anyone know of any other Law Day events in Wisconsin?

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April 4, 2007

Lecture on The Carnegie Library Designs of Claude & Starck

Tis' the season for lectures, it seems. On Thursday, April 5th the Wright Lecture Series presents "The Shared Ideal: The Carnegie Library Designs of Claude & Starck." The lecture will be held at 7pm in the Monona Terrace Lecture Hall and is free and open to the public. columbuspl.jpg

From the Madison Public Library What's New blog:

Louis Claude and Edward Starck designed many of Madison's most popular early 20th century buildings. Their practice, however, was highlighted by the nearly forty Carnegie libraries in five states they designed between 1902 and 1915. Learn, through the imagery of vintage postcards, how these talented, yet low key architects, were influenced by more famous members of the Chicago School.

To view a sampling of Claude and Starck's designs like the one of the Columbus Public Library above, see Library Postcards: Civic Pride in a Lost America.

Siva Vaidhyanathan to Lecture on "The Googlization of Everything: Digitization & the Future of Books"

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"The Googlization of Everything: Digitization and the Future of Books" is the topic of a UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies lecture to be held May 12th. Speaker Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of the "Anarchist in the Library," is considered one of the foremost speakers in the world on digital rights, electronic communication and the ethics of our digital world.

For more information, including registration, see the SOIS announcement.

Thanks to LLAW member, Jamie Kroening for the tip.

April 3, 2007

Scott Turow to Lecture at UW-Madison on Monday

limitations.jpg According to UW Madison News, lawyer and best-selling author Scott Turow will give a free lecture, "Reflections of a Man with Two Heads," at 5 p.m. Monday, April 9, in Room 1100 of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Grainger Hall, 975 University Ave.

From the article:

The lecture by Turow, author of "Presumed Innocent," "The Burden of Proof" and others, is presented by the Legal Studies Program. His latest novella is "Limitations," a legal mystery featuring George Mason from "Personal Injuries." Originally serialized in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, the book edition contains original material.

April 2, 2007

Workshops at the WI State Law Library

Looks like the Wisconsin State Law Library has an excellent slate of workshops planned this spring and summer. From their Web site:

National Library Week Special
WSLL Web Tours
Wednesday, April 18, 2007 9:00-10:00 a.m. OR
Thursday, April 19, 2007 9:00-10:00 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. Following the one-hour class, take a guided tour of the library itself.
FREE Class.

NEW! Using PACER for Federal Court Research & Document Retrieval
Tuesday, May 22, 2007 10:00-11:00 a.m.
This one-hour class will demonstrate the Federal Court System's "Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER)" database. Guest instructor Theresa Owens, Clerk of the Western District of Wisconsin Federal Court, will help you learn how to access federal court dockets through the Internet and obtain full text documents filed in federal, civil, and criminal court.
FREE Class. 1 CLE credit applied for

NEW! Advanced Google for the Legal Researcher
Tuesday, July 10, 2007 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
In this hands-on class you'll expand your legal research capabilities by learning how to effectively use Google's advanced search features. Download the Google Toolbar and learn how to use it to your advantage. Discover why you may need to use more than one search engine. Explore the invisible web and find out what may not be freely available on the internet or can only be found in print. You'll also learn the latest about Google's attempt to digitize all the world's books and historical documents, and how you can incorporate Google Book Search into your legal research routine. Participants should have a general knowledge of Google searching prior to taking this class
Fee: $99.00. 3 CLE credits applied for.

Using Shepard's Public Access @ the State Law Library
Wednesday, August 8, 2007 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Shepard's Public Access allows fast, easy Shepardizing and retrieval of cases, statutes and more. It's available for free use at the Wisconsin State Law Library, Dane County Legal Resource Center and Milwaukee Legal Resource Center. Attend this one-hour session to learn more about using this timesaving tool. Led by guest instructor Lisa Rosenfeld, LexisNexis.
FREE Class. 1 CLE credit applied for.

Litilaw, a Database of CLE Articles

Litilaw is a new, free online collection of CLE materials and other articles of interest to litigators and other legal professionals. Articles are organized categories including Appellate Practice, Antitrust, e-Discovery, Expert Witnesses, Health Care, Product Liability, and more.

The collection is keyword search-able and all articles are available full-text in PDF format. Search results includes a brief summary of each article, the year presented, author and number of pages.

February 21, 2007

WI Women's Law Journal Colloquium: "Our Workplace, Our Home"

The Wisconsin Women's Law Journal will be hosting their 2007 Colloquium at the Law School (Lubar Commons) this Friday, February 23. This year's colloquium, "Our Workplace, Our Home: Protecting our Families and Preserving our Dignity," highlights two authors the journal will be publishing this year.

The first speaker, Jill Maxwell of Brooklyn Law School, will be discussing her article, "Sexual Harassment at Home: Altering the Terms, Conditions, and Privileges of Rental Housing for Section 8 Recipients." In her article, Ms. Maxwell addresses the necessary changes in policy initiatives and litigation strategies to decrease the vulnerability of low-income women to sexual harassment at home.

The second speaker, Pam Gershuny, is an assistant professor at Southeast Missouri State University. Ms. Gershuny will be addressing her article, "Family Values First When Federal Laws Collide," as she proposes a public policy exception to the employment-at-will doctrine to allow parents to care for their children without the risk of employment termination.

The Colloquium will be held in Lubar Commons from 1-4, and food and drinks will be provided.

February 20, 2007

WILJ Symposium: Islamic Law in a Globalized World

The Wisconsin International Law Journal announces the 2007 Symposium open to all UW students, faculty and the legal community

Islamic Law in a Globalized World: Implications for Contemporary Finance Law
Friday, March 2, 2007
9:00 am -5:00 pm
Godfrey and Kahn Hall (Room 2260)
University of Wisconsin Law School

Overview:

Islamic law has become an intense area of interest and debate in recent years. Not only does Islamic law present questions of pluralism and governance in one's private life, but it also has profound implications for the ways in which both domestic and international business transactions are conducted. The goal of this symposium is to call attention to the role Islamic law, particularly Islamic finance law, has come to play in the United States. This event will focus both on Islamic law generally as well as on various details of Islamic finance law.

Registration deadline Feb. 20, 2007. Registration is free and walk-ins are welcome, but registration is strongly recommended to facilitate planning.

Continuing Legal Education Credits: CLE credit approval pending for Wisconsin attorneys. Sign up on site - No fee.

October 23, 2006

ABA-CLE Content Preloaded on IPods

According to the October ABA Site-tation, the ABA is now selling iPods preloaded with CLE content.

Video iPods for the Business Law and Labor and Employment Law Editions include video CLE programs. iPod nanos include audio CLE programs in Litigation, Antitrust Law, Estate Planning, Health Law and Real Property Editions. ABA-CLE also offers audio downloads in MP3 format and a free monthly ABA-CLE Podcast series.

I think that this is a great idea for someone who likes the idea of CLE via an iPod but either lacks the time or know-how to upload the content. And if they like it enough, chances are that they will figure out how to upload more.

October 20, 2006

Presentation on Blogging in Libraries & LRL Conference Blog

I give a lot of presentations and have learned that the receptiveness of the audience has a big outcome on the success of the presentation. This morning, it was my pleasure to speak at the Legislative Reference Librarians conference on the topic of Blogging in Libraries. They were a great audience who seemed genuinely interested in the topic and who asked lots of insightful questions.

I explained blogs and RSS feeds and showed how librarians can use them for research. During the second part of the presentation, we explored why and how librarians can become blog authors. Despite some technical glitches, we were able to go live and demo both Bloglines and Blogger. I've posted my handouts online.

I was very pleased to learn that the staff of the WI LRB Library has set up a conference blog and have been blogging about each of the sessions. Nicely done, indeed.

October 19, 2006

Succession Planning and Workforce Transformation Foundation for the Future

This afternoon at the Legislative Reference Librarians conference we heard from Donna Scheeder, Director Law Library Services Library of Congress on Succession Planning and Workforce Transformation Foundation for the Future.

She gave some excellent tips on planning for the intellectual capital needs of the organization over time. Five steps were identified:

1. Identify critical positions and functions within the organization
- how is your customer base changing the way it does business?
-what are their changing expectations?
-what other trends will affect the organization?
-is organizational culture changing?
-what functions will be affected?
-what functions might you no longer need?
-what positions perform those functions?

2. Identify competencies required by staff
-what knowledge skills and abilities will be need to perform each function?
-are there position titles and series for all functions and competencies that will be required?
-project the volume of work needed in the future

3. Identify gaps - compare future needs with projected supply
-are there excess staff performing obsolete or declining functions?
-are there an inadequate supply of qualified people in positions likely to remain the same?
-are there an inadequate supply of people with needed skill sets for new projects?

4. Prioritize and develop a staffing plan
-what gaps can be handled with a minimum of resources?
-analyze costs before for addressing and not addressing each
-are your priorities aligned with the goals of the organization?

5. Know your solution toolbox
-position classifications - rewriting position descriptions one vacancy at a time or a taking wholesale approach
-staff development strategies for those not leaving to help them prepare for the future
-supervisory coaching and mentoring - show staff how to mentor

Electronic Government Publication Preservation Programs Session at LRL Conference

This morning I'm attending the Legislative Research Librarians' Professional Development Seminar here in Madison. I'm excited about the great line up of presentations.

First up was Chi-Shiou Lin doctoral student at UW Madison SLIS who spoke on Electronic Government Publication Preservation Programs. His research addresses the question of how selection and review of gov docs is done.

Lin compared three different models for state level preservation programs, although he noted that only about ten states even have a such a program.

  • In the Bibliocentric model, which Wisconsin and several other states employ, librarians select documents to be preserved in an externally developed digital repository service.
  • In Texas' Technocentric model, agencies themselves provide the metadata for their own documents which are stored in a homegrown repository.
  • Unlike the previous two models which focus on documents, Arizona's Archival Model focuses on preserving certain sections of a state agency's web site. It's based on archival organizational structures.

There was a very interesting discussion of the issues raises by these models. Lin noted that in the bibliocentric model, the power of selection is shifting away from government agencies to the digital depository librarians who now decide what to preserve. And no one has yet developed a process for systematic selection. In the technocentric model, the quality of metadata varies by agency which makes access inconsistent.

Another issue raised was the definition of "government publication." While librarians prefer the PDF format, research has found that agencies are moving toward HTML which poses not only preservation problems, but may not be considered "official" in terms of legal research.

October 6, 2006

2006 Wisconsin Book Festival Schedule

The 2006 Wisconsin Book Festival schedule, an annual Madison-area tradition, is now available online. Note the special category for law related events.

From the festival Web site:

Peruse nearly 150 free public events ranging from spoken-word poetry jams to a dramatic reading from Beowulf to a fashion show of wearable books. From hipster to highbrow, there is something here for you.

Other highlights include:

  • A lively evening with Robert Sapolsky, the author of A Primate's Memoir as he ponders the "Un-novelty of Aging."
  • Conversations with beloved Wisconsin treasures Jacquelyn Mitchard and Michael Perry.
  • A live show from WPR's To the Best of Our Knowledge, featuring dynamic interviews with renowned poets Ted Kooser and Linton Kwesi Johnson, graphic artists Chris Ware and Marjane Satrapi, and political pundits Andrew Sullivan and Brian Mann.
  • A panel discussion on the origins and effects of hatred, featuring Tim Miller, an internationally acclaimed performance artist and gay rights activist; Rachel Brenner, the author of Inextricably Bonded: Israeli Arab and Jewish Writers Re-Visioning Culture; and esteemed poet Marilyn Nelson, author of A Wreath for Emmett Till.

October 3, 2006

Legislative Research Librarians Conference Open to Area Librarians

On October 18-21, 2006, the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau library staff is hosting the fall professional development conference of the Legislative Research Librarians' section of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

For the first time ever, the conference is being opened to attendance by local librarians. Programs are scheduled for Thursday and Friday, October 19 and 20. They've lined up an outstanding group of speakers - and I'm not just saying that because I'm one of them. It includes:

  • Prof. Kristin R. Eschenfelder, U.W. Madison SLIS speaking about Government Web Site Evaluation and Management of Web Content
  • Mr. Chi-Shiou Lin, U.W. Madison SLIS on Electronic Government Publication Preservation Programs
  • Ambassador and former Wisconsin Legislator Tom Loftus speaking about WisconsinEye
  • Donna Scheeder, Director, Law Library Services, Library of Congress on Succession Management
  • Bonnie Shucha (that's me), Head of Reference, UW Law Library discussing Blogging in Libraries
  • Cris Marsh, Content Manager, WDIN, USGS National Wildlife Health Center speaking on the development and Management of the Wildlife Disease Information Node
  • Legislative Editors Laura Kunkel and Wendy Jackson discussing the LRB Podcasting project

The day fee is $95 per day and includes any scheduled meals. The conference sessions will be held at The Concourse Hotel (on Thursday); and in a Capitol Hearing Room and at the Legislative Reference Bureau (on Friday). More information is available on the conference Web site. The registration deadline is October 9th.

September 21, 2006

PowerPoint in the Classroom - A Criticism

AELR Blog points to ULCA law student's harsh view of PowerPoint in the classroom.

"Based on the best available data, [the student notes,] I'm prepared to theorize that Powerpoint-based classes are always boring." He identifies several problems with using PPT in the classroom, including this one: "In all three of my Powerpoint experiences, the prof was plenty smart and interesting. But the Powerpoint was so bad that it infected them, and made them seem much duller than they were."

Point well taken. I tend to use PPT for one shot presentations, but I can see his point that in a course setting, they could easily become tiresome. As the student admits, though, using PPT can help organize the lecture for the professor. This is certainly true for me.

Perhaps a hybrid approach might work best for me. Have the PPT, but just display it on my own laptop with the projector off. Then if I have something in particular that I wanted to illustrate, I could turn on the projector for just those slides. We'll see how it goes.

September 20, 2006

Cyberweek E-Conference on Online Dispute Resolution

If you are interested in Online Dispute Resolution (ODR), you may wish to participate in Cyberweek 2006 (week of September 25th). Cyberweek is a free all-online conference featuring both asynchronous and real-time events related to ODR.

Organized by the University of Massachusetts Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution (CITDR) and InternetBar.org, Cyberweek consists of many different kinds of activities and opportunities, from Skypecasts to meetings in virtual worlds to Podcasts to discussion forums and more.

Source: ABA Site-tation

September 15, 2006

A More Pefect Union Authors to Speak at Wisconsin Book Festival

Earlier this week, I posted about the Wisconsin Humanities Council's statewide discussion series entitled, A More Perfect Union: To Establish Justice. It appears that the series' authors will be also appearing at the Wisconsin Book Festival.

From the Festival web site:

The authors will read from books in the AMPU: Justice series and, along with the film, raise relevant questions about the roles both elected officials and common citizens must play in the quest to bring about the oft-mentioned but painfully elusive American ideal of "justice for all."

Events for A More Perfect Union at the 2006 Wisconsin Book Festival feature the authors of four AMPU titles and one film screening:

* Anthony Grooms
* Jonathan Harr
* Marge Piercy
* James Yee
* Red Hook Justice: A film provided by WPT and Independent Lens


September 8, 2006

Free Loislaw Workshop at MLRC

The Milwaukee County Legal Resource Center has announced that their is still time to sign up for "Using Loislaw.com!"

From WSLL @ Your Service:

This class will be presented Thursday, September 28, 2006, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in the Milwaukee County Courthouse. State Law Librarian Jane Colwin will help you become familiar with the various Loislaw.com databases provided on the MLRC's public access computers, and demonstrate how they can save you research time and money. This is a free class, but advance registration is required.

To sign up or learn about other MLRC workshops, please call (414) 278-4900, or e-mail Rebecca.Knutson@wicourts.gov.

August 21, 2006

Workshop on Internet Searches: How to Get Accurate and Reliable Information

Studies show that most searchers locate only one in 3,000 of the Internet documents available to them. Want to increase your odds? Check out the NBI workshop, Internet Searches: How to Get Accurate and Reliable Information.

The workshop is taught by a team of expert legal researchers, a.k.a. law librarians. I'll be teaching a section on limiting irrelevant info. Other faculty include Anthony P. Chan, Amy J. Gannaway, and Heidi Acker Yelk.

Here's the outline:

1. WHY YOUR WEB RESEARCH STRATEGY MAY BE FAILING YOU
Heidi Acker Yelk, 9:00 - 10:15
1. Identifying Your Objectives and Formulating Effective Research Questions
2. Listing Possible Sources of Information
3. Identifying Keywords - Search Queries That Produce Results
4. Using Government Resources as a Starting Point for Your Search
5. Refining (and Varying) Your Search as You Go
6. Search Strategies to Avoid

2. TIPS FOR LIMITING IRRELEVANT INFORMATION
Bonnie Shucha, 10:30 - 12:00
1. Search Engines, Meta-Search Engines, and Directories
1. Differences & Similarities
2. Picking the Right Tool for Your Specific Search
3. Constructing Your Search
4. Evaluating Your Results
5. Search Engine Limitations
2. The "Invisible" Web - Searchable Databases and Excluded Pages
1. Difference Between Invisible Web & Visible Web?
2. Invisible Web Content
3. Finding Invisible Web Content
3. Blogs, RSS, Email Alerts & Podcasts

3. CAN YOU TRUST THE INFORMATION YOU FIND ON THE INTERNET?
Amy J. Gannaway, 1:00 - 2:15
1. Guidelines for Assessing and Selecting Credible Sources
1. Accuracy
2. Authority
3. Objectivity
4. Currency
5. Coverage
2. Evaluating Information for Quality
1. Credibility
2. Accuracy
3. Reasonableness
4. Support
3. Why Verification is Essential
4. Is Your Source or Information Suspect? - Red Flags to Watch For

4. HOW DO I FIND WHAT I WANT? SIFTING THROUGH THE HAYSTACK TO FIND THE NEEDLE - FOR LITIGATORS, CORPORATE SERVICE PRACTITIONERS AND COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE
Anthony P. Chan, 2:30 - 3:30
1. People/Assets Finder Guide and Background Checks
2. Online Sources of Public Records and "Publicly Available Information" - SEC Filings
3. Federal, State and Local Government Resources - Statutes, Administrative Rules and Decisions
4. Finding Company and Industry Information - Predicting Industry Trends and Market Shares
5. Tracking Court Cases and Legislation
6. Court Documents - Dockets and Pleadings
7. Statistical Resources on the Web - Case Disposals and Court/Judicial Profiles
8. Know Your Opponent or Co-Counsel - Arbitrator/Attorney Bios and Trial Track Records
9. News Sources

5. HOW TO BECOME "NETIQUETTE" SAVVY
Heidi Acker Yelk, 3:30 - 4:30
1. How to Cite Web Sources
2. Ethical Issues of Online Research - When Are You Crossing a Line?
3. Safe Internet Practices

August 18, 2006

Learning How to Fish at the Internet Research Workshop

You may have noticed that I haven't posted anything for the last few days. I was out of the library teaching a workshop on Internet Research in Wisconsin. We had a very good group and most of them were excited to learn about new research resources and techniques. One gentleman even thanked us at the end for "teaching him how to fish" per the old "if you give a man a fish" wisdom. Several others commented that it was an eye-opening experience.

By co-teacher was Bev Butula, an amazing reference librarian from Davis & Kuelthau in Milwaukee. Let me tell you that the students weren't the only ones who learned a thing or two. Bev demonstrated a handful of resources that were new to me, too. Over the course of the next few days, I'll be sharing them with you.

August 14, 2006

Seminar This Week on Internet Research in Wisconsin

Repost / Reminder:

If you are looking to brush up your Web-based legal research skills this summer, you might want to consider attending a one day seminar entitled, Internet Research in Wisconsin. The seminar, put on by Lorman Education Services, will be held in Brookfield on August 16th & again in Madison on August 17th.

I'll be presenting at both seminars along with my colleague, Bev Butula of Davis & Kuelthau, S.C. in Milwaukee.

Here's the blurb about the course from Lorman:

This course will introduce attendees to online legal research, improve their searching efficiency by developing better strategies and create a list of reliable online resources. The sessions will promote cost-effective searching and offer a look at the most current approaches to capitalizing on information available via the Internet.

Seminar highlights:

* Searching smarter - source selection and search strategies
* Search engines and meta engines
* The invisible Web
* Legal search engines and portals
* Primary law sources on the internet
* Investigating individuals
* Company research
* The new kids on the Web - blogs, RSS, alerts and podcasts

June 7, 2006

Seminar: Internet Research in Wisconsin

If you are looking to brush up your Web-based legal research skills this summer, you might want to consider attending a one day seminar entitled, Internet Research in Wisconsin. The seminar, put on by Lorman Education Services, will be held in Brookfield on August 16th & again in Madison on August 17th.

I'll be presenting at both seminars along with my colleague, Bev Butula of Davis & Kuelthau, S.C. in Milwaukee.

Here's the blurb about the course from Lorman:

This course will introduce attendees to online legal research, improve their searching efficiency by developing better strategies and create a list of reliable online resources. The sessions will promote cost-effective searching and offer a look at the most current approaches to capitalizing on information available via the Internet.

Seminar highlights:

* Searching smarter - source selection and search strategies
* Search engines and meta engines
* The invisible Web
* Legal search engines and portals
* Primary law sources on the internet
* Investigating individuals
* Company research
* The new kids on the Web - blogs, RSS, alerts and podcasts

June 2, 2006

Legal Technology & Research Workshops at the State Law Library

Once again, the Wisconsin State Law Library has a great slate of workshops scheduled. Registration forms are available on their Classes & Tours webpage.

- 25 Legal Tech Tips in 90 Minutes

Wednesday July 12, 2006 10:00-11:30 a.m.
During this fast-paced romp through technology tips for the law office, you’ll learn how to recover fast from a computer crash; discover a free tool to find lost client documents in a flash; see how to keep track of your legal research website passwords without post-it notes; learn an easy way to create fill-in legal forms; and more! And, bring along your computer questions and see if you can "Stump the Geek!" Don't miss this class - it might just change your relationship with your computer. The instructor is Art Saffran, technology consultant and former State Bar of Wisconsin IT Director. Fee: $50.00.

- Using Loislaw.com @ the State Law Library: How Does It Work?
Wednesday, September 6, 2006 9-10 a.m.
Here’s an opportunity to become more familiar with the various Loislaw.com databases provided on our public access computers and how they can save you research time and money. Learn the basics of searching and printing while exploring everything from the primary law of all state and federal jurisdictions to the wealth of information in the State Bar of Wisconsin CLE books. Tired of slogging through print digests? There’s a better way! FREE Class. 1 CLE credit applied for.

- Mining for Company Nuggets: Locating Corporate Information on the Internet

Friday, October 6, 2006 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Join guest instructor and law librarian Carol Bannen as she demonstrates the skills of finding company information on the Internet. Learn how to locate background information, financial data, litigation history, and more. Whether your law firm is courting new clients or investigating an opposing party, this class will help you find the facts you need. Learn how to access Securities and Exchange Commission filings, navigate the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institution's Corporate Records Information Service, uncover Standard and Poor's ratings, and discover corporate news sources. Fee: $50.00. 1.5 CLE credits applied for.

- Introduction to Google Scholar and Google Book Search
Wednesday, November 1, 2006 9-10 a.m.
This one-hour class will explore new tools from Google: Google Scholar and Google Book Search. Learn searching techniques and discuss the pros and cons of using these tools for law related research. FREE Class.

- Wisconsin Briefs Online

Wednesday, December 6, 9-10 a.m.
Streamline your search for briefs! This class covers Wisconsin Briefs available on the Internet. Learn how to access Wisconsin Briefs on the UW Law Library's website, and gain a basic understanding of how to best use WSCCA in your search for Wisconsin Briefs. FREE Class. 1 CLE credit applied for.

April 3, 2006

Live from the UW Showcase

This morning I'm at the UW Showcase speaking to people about WisBlawg. I've had a lot of people interested in starting their own blogs, but, so far, no one has taken me up on the offer to start a Blogger blog on the spot. But there's still time!

There are a number of other great projects on display, including some on podcasting, survey tools, and much more. Lots of great ideas.

March 27, 2006

WisBlawg at UW-Madison Showcase 2006

The Law Library has been invited to take part in UW-Madison Showcase 2006 by presenting a poster featuring WisBlawg. In addition to sharing details about the blog, I'll offer participants on-the-spot guidance in creating a blog of their own. Wonder if I'll get any takers?

The annual UW-Madison Showcase is a best practices fair where members of the university community learn from each other in order to improve work processes, learning environments, and the campus climate in both academic and administrative areas. All members of the university community are encouraged to attend Showcase 2006. The event is free, but registration is required.

The Showcase also features hands-on technology demonstrations, concurrent breakout sessions and presentations by Chancellor John D. Wiley; Provost Pat Farrell; Athletic Director Barry Alvarez; Vice Chancellor Darrell Bazzell; Frances Westley, Director of the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and Joanne Berg, Registrar and Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management. Showcase has expanded this year to include a noontime roundtable with Don Beck, who has advised world leaders including Nelson Mandela, Tony Blair, U.S. presidents on problem solving.

February 7, 2006

Transforming Your PowerPoint Presentation Web Seminar & Highlights

From Bad to Great: Transforming Your PowerPoint Presentations is the title of a free Web Cafe seminar from Office Depot. Although the live semimar was offered in January, you may replay it at any time.

Of, if you are like me and don't want to take the time to listen to the whole thing, take a look at the highlights for some quick tips on improving your PowerPoint presentations. From the highlights:

Top Audience Complaints:
#1 - When a presenter stands there and reads the PowerPoint slides.
#2 - Text that is too small. Don't rely on PowerPoint automatically resizing the text for you, because the program doesn't know if the text is big enough. Test it out to make sure it's large enough for audiences to read.
#3 - Poor color choice. Choosing colors with little contrast makes it hard to see what's on the slide.
#4 - Full sentences instead of bullet points are boring and lead to presenters reading the slide.
#5 - Swirls and twirls. Excessive animation is annoying and does not serve a purpose.
#6 - Diagrams and charts that are too complex. If you need to use a pointing device to explain the diagram or chart, it's too complex.

Other Web Cafe seminars available are on the following topics: office makeover, data security, tracking money. Check back in March for a new series.

Source: inter alia