Most law library users have never heard of LLMC. It is not surprising since the inital mission in 1976 was one of preserving legal titles in print and microform. Something only librarians would normally be aware of. It has been building a comprehensive library of legal materials from jurisdictions around the world and offers a wide range of archival material from state, federal, and territorial governments, as well as from various Anglo-American collections, and foreign and international jurisdictions.
It is only in the past couple years that these immense resources have started making their way to end users in a user-friendly digital form with the creation of LLMC Digital which is following in the footsteps of the very successful HeinOnline service. The conversion of LLMC content started in 2003 and is an on-going process. LLMC has adopted digital on-line delivery because it believes that this new technology will clearly provide a generally higher quality of access to its data than was possible during the years when it relied solely on film formats for data delivery. The LLMC board felt that most subscribers would have the greatest interest in U.S. federal and state material. So LLMC has concentrated on digitizing those areas first.
While the growing collection of LLMC digital content has been available for a few years, the initial user interface was considered "clunky" and difficult to use. The board made the development of a new and better interface a priority. They have partnered with the company, National Business Systems (NBS) of Egan, Minnesota, to develop software for their "backroom operations" and to create, maintain, and consistently improve the site’s interface.
The new interface became available to subcribers this October. DePaul is one of 88% of AALL affiliated American law schools that has adopted LLMC Digital. DePaul users can access the collections with the new interface from the General library's database list. The new LLMC Digital User Guide can be found, here.
Many of LLMC's microform titles are still being converted to digital format. It will be a continuing process to add digital content. Check to see what is available in digital format by clicking on the on the content categories, to see what is available at a given time. See below :