Most law library users have never heard of LLMC ( Law Library Microform Consortium). 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. Its membership includes almost all of the country's academic law libraries and all federal court libraries.
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 few 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 last update to their online user interface was in 2008.
LLMC has spent the last eight months working on a significant upgrade to the user interface. And the past two months were used to solicit feedback on the prototype from a range of users. At the recently concluded American Association of Law Libraries Conference in Seattle, LLMC announced a new LLMC-Digital interface to launch August 1st .
Some of the new improvements in this interface include:
• design updates introducing new capabilities such as a “news” section with RSS feeds (see main menu screen image below)
• special collection feature, currently ‘“I WAS CUBA”: Treasures from the Ramiro Fernández Collection’
• educational title descriptions and improved browsing at the document-level
• ability to drill down further in Browse Collections; expansion of available citations in Search Citation
•full functionality with tablet computers such as iPads
• updates to all of the context-sensitive Help documents
Be sure to check out the rich collections and new interface tomorrow !