Digitization of Print Materials

We all prefer digital over paper-based information, right? Right!

"Companies from Google to The Thomson Corporation, from Microsoft to LexisNexis, are all undertaking large digitization projects focusing on better access to paper-based resources. Undeniably, many law firms have a need for some of the digitized products on the market today, and there will soon be many more sources available.

"In acquiring access to new digital collections, law firms and other information consumers need to think about issues of cost, technology requirements and ease of use. Beyond that, merely acquiring a new collection will not ensure that all people who need the information will know it exists when the need for that information arises. This article addresses several topics relating to digitized collections, framing the discussion by first discussing two legal-specific digitization projects available for private law firms.

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  1. Hein Online. This is a collection of scanned law reviews and primary federal materials, such as the Federal Register and the Statutes at Large.
  2. LLMC-Digital [registration req’d]. The Law Library Microform Consortium (LLMC) was chartered in 1976 as a nonprofit library cooperative at the University of Hawaii.

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