You may have heard that last week our digital repository hit it’s millionth download. For a law school repository that’s only two and a half years old, that’s pretty impressive. But this may also have you wondering: what in the world are all these people downloading?
Digital repositories are most often thought of (and rightfully so) as storehouses for faculty scholarship, as a place for showcasing the research interests of the faculty. Along similar lines, the next thing most people think of in a digital repository is a showcase of student scholarship, such as doctoral theses or award-winning papers. In the world of law library repositories, people often add to this list issues of the law school’s journals and law reviews. Our Law Library Digital Repository has all of this, and more.
Not only does our Repository showcase faculty and student publications, we boast the entire run of all journals and law reviews that have been hosted by our institution. And these three categories don’t even make up half of the collections in our Repository. It’s when you get into these other collections that you can find some really surprising documents. For instance:
- In the Law School Publications collection, you might be interested to find the Indiana Flaw Journal, a student-produced satirical publication on law school life, originating in the 1940s and ending in the 1960s.
- Remember our last blog post, about that certificate of the Hundred Days Men, purportedly signed by Abraham Lincoln? In the Law School History and Archives collection, you can see the document and read all about it.
- Did you know that the Law Library used to have a monthly newsletter, Res Ipsa Loquitur? Yes, you can read all of those as well, in the Law Library Publications collection. (I especially recommend the April issues, annually inspired by April Fool’s Day.)
- Finally, if you have missed out on any of the law school’s special events throughout the year, check the Repository’s Lectures, Conferences, and Events collection to see if materials have been posted there. (We have a wide array of publications based on our visiting lecture series, for example.)
The best feature of a digital repository is that it is freely accessible, not reliant on personal accounts, paid subscriptions, or proxy server access. Anyone in the world, anywhere in the world, can access the full-text of our faculty’s recent work, any issue of our school’s journals, and law school historical publications and documents whenever and wherever they want. If you would like to keep up-to-date on new additions to the Repository, you can request email or RSS notifications.
Fun fact: Our most popular download? A book review of Lon L. Fuller’s The Morality of Law, reviewed by Edwin W. Tucker. (40 Ind. L.J. 270 (1965)) (Most popular as of March 10, 2014, based on the average number of full-text downloads per day since the review was posted on the Repository.) The top ten downloads can vary, but the most recent top ten can always be found here.