Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Legislatively Mandated Reports Digital Collection

Guest post by Keely Merchant, State Documents Librarian at the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau

Picture of the Wisconsin state capitol
Courtesy of the LRB
In early 2015, the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau Library (LRB) launched a digital repository for legislative publications and reports. Collections were created for each of the Wisconsin legislative service agencies as well as a collection for press releases and legislatively mandated reports. 

Logo for the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau
Courtesy of the LRB
The Legislatively Mandated Reports collection contains reports mandated by the Wisconsin Statutes that are submitted to the legislature by state agencies and the UW System. These reports contain interesting statistical information about Wisconsin and programs that are administered by the state. 

Access to these reports has previously been limited primarily to the LRB Library since these reports are not distributed through the Wisconsin Document Depository Program. Opening up access to these reports in a digital collection is extremely exciting!

The collection utilizes faceted search features that allows users to easily sort results by agency, biennium, law & legislation, subject, and date. View this screencast to see how faceted searching works in the collection.

Please do not hesitate to contact the LRB with any questions.

Written by:
Keely Merchant, State Documents Librarian at the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau