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CRL and the Law Library Microform Consortium (LLMC) are working together to identify, preserve, and provide digital access to important at-risk documents in law and government from U.S. and various other national jurisdictions.

At the 2012 meeting of the CRL council of voting members CRL libraries affirmed the importance of these activities to the CRL community as a whole.  CRL is now re-evaluating its current cost model for supporting access to the LLMC-Digital database, in the interest of a more equitable allocation of those costs among current LLMC members and other CRL libraries.

The Collection

A joint CRL-LLMC committee guides prioritization of collections for digitization. Materials are chosen that support the interests of CRL libraries and augment CRL collection strengths in area and international studies.

As of October 2013, the LLMC-Digital database included over 6,000 titles in more than 73,000 volumes (over 45 million pages) covering the U.S. , Canada, and a range of other jurisdictions. Scanning is performed primarily from hard-copy volumes.  Print preservation is an important strategy for LLMC, which stores volumes donated for scanning in a secure "dark" archive.

Potential uses of LLMC-Digital content reflect the growing importance of primary source legal documents for social science and humanities research. Statutes, court journals, case reports, treatises and other legal texts support research on topics such as international relations, global trade, environmental policy, labor politics, civil rights, and immigration.

Access

Through the partnership, all CRL libraries have access to the LLMC-Digital database. CRL is currently examing alternative terms for an equitable allocation of the cost of this access.  An evaluation of this database and consultation with CRL membership about the partnership took place in April 2012.

Content plan

To date LLMC has digitized nearly 9,000 volumes (over six million pages) of historical legal publications from CRL collections.  The full texts of these digitized materials are available in the LLMC-Digital database, and bibliographic records are included in CRL’s catalog and in WorldCat.

Content added in 2010-2012

  • Historical legal treatises from CRL’s collections (over 700 titles)
  • Canadian federal and provincial legislative journals (c. 2,900  volumes)
  • Comprehensive “Haiti Patrimony” collection of legal and governing documents (over 700 titles)
  • U.S. state legislative journals, beginning with the western states (c. 1,400 volumes)
  • African legal documents from the British colonial and post-colonial eras, selected from The Common Law Abroad bibliography (2001) and held at the LA Law Library (c. 500 volumes)

Content planned for 2012-2014

  • Additional U.S. state legislative journals (CRL’s total holdings are estimated at 14,000 volumes)
  • African law reports, including post-colonial era and Francophone colonial materials
  • Cuban historical legal documents
  • Latin American primary source materials

Content under consideration for digitization in 2013-2016

  • Foreign official gazettes from CRL’s collections (over 500 titles primarily in film, some hard copy)
  • British legal manuscripts from the Inner Temple, and Privy Court documents
  • Pre-Soviet Russian legal materials
  • Chinese legal codes and case law 1912-1949
  • Eastern European primary source materials

More Information

Listings of recent titles added to LLMC-Digital.

Comparative assessments of the LLMC-Digital database from CRL:

CRL webinars: 

-- September 22, 2010  LLMC-Digital database and other benefits of the partnership

-- October 24, 2012  Research Access to Sources on Law and Government

Tutorials on the use of LLMC-Digital: http://www.llmc-digital.org/help/userguide.pdf and http://www.llmc-digital.org/help/index.htm

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