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Texas Tech Law Library Launches a DSpace-based Digital Repository

From Fang Wang, Digital Information Management Librarian, Texas Tech University School of Law Library

Lubbock, Texas After several months developing the collections, the Texas Tech University School of Law Library has announced the official launching of the TTU School of Law Digital Repository designed to save, store, archive, and share Tech Law’s digital materials, including research and scholarship of TTU Law faculty and students, institutional history, and more. The repository was initially launched at the beginning of 2010. It is built on DSpace, an open source digital assets management platform, enhanced with several value-added features unique to the law school. You can access the repository at

Our nascent repository currently has over 900 records including the faculty scholarship collection. This is a comprehensive compilation of our faculty scholarship record. It includes a complete collection of our publications faculty produced while at Texas Tech. The collection contains almost 600 full text articles and links to individual articles on widely used legal databases such as Westlaw, LexisNexis, and HeinOnline. Social Science Research Network (SSRN) links also have been added.

Another highlighted collection recently received and created is Professor Daniel H. Benson’s litigation files. This collection consists of his personal files from an eight-year litigation for the minority plaintiffs in the civil rights case of Jones v. City of Lubbock, 727 F.2d 364 (5th Cir. 1984) in which the minority plaintiffs won the case. The lawsuit changed the City of Lubbock’s election system for city council members from the “at large” method to the “single member district system” which resulted in minority candidates consistently being elected. This collection contains materials, notes, memoranda, letters, and other documents, prepared and utilized by the plaintiffs’ attorneys. It has significant historical value because a Texas Tech Law Professor and five Texas Tech Law graduates participated in the case successfully as pro bono attorneys for the minority plaintiffs. The collection can be viewed here.

The repository is a service of the Texas Tech School of Law Library.