Technology and Policy in Acquiring Digital Collections, by Roger V. Skalbeck and Iva M. Futrell, Legal Tech Newsletter, January 11, 2007.
While focusing on legal information from the perspective of law firms, this article examines many issues relevant to government information and access to digital materials. For example, in referring to the Hein Online version of the Federal Register it says, “With a source such as the Federal Register, downloaded documents are superior to both the version on Westlaw as well as the actual printed reports. Documents are available in their familiar three-column format, and they can be printed on normal laser paper instead of the fragile paper used by the Government Printing Office.”
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.