About five years ago, the Supreme Court Library planned a simple project with limited funding to have the pages with the regulatory history material scanned to a CD. But then came an idea for others in a similar position to pool their resources to complete a more sophisticated job.
The Supreme Court Library reached out to other law libraries across the state and found many of them interested in the project but with no money to support it. However, the law school library and the Appellate Division Fourth Department Law Library in Rochester decided to combine their efforts and funds.
[Beth] Adelman [director of the SUNY Buffalo Law School Library] said the libraries had a mutual interest in digitizing the same collection, so it was the perfect marriage.
Last month, they announced the availability of the open-access database: NYCRR Digital Archive, which contains pages from the “New York Codes, Rules and Regulations” from 1945 to 2001 in full-text digital format. This free resource allows researchers, librarians and lawyers to more easily research previous versions of New York regulations. Fifty users at one time can access the material.
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