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Law Library of Congress: Now on YouTube


There are few more venerable institutions within the legal profession than the Law Library of Congress. Established in 1832 as a branch of the Library of Congress, its mission is to provide research and legal information to the U.S. Congress, the federal courts, executive agencies and the public. It is the world's largest law library, with a collection of more than 2.65 million volumes.

But just because it is venerable, that doesn't mean it can't also be au courant. In an age of social media, the LLOC is anything but stuck in the past. This week, it launched a series of videos on YouTube and iTunes about "The Law and the Library." The videos capture a series of debates and discussions on a variety of contemporary legal issues. Most feature current or former members of Congress.

In one video, for example, Legislating in Heels, former Maryland U.S. Rep. Connie Morella recounts her career from state legislator to U.S. representative to an ambassadorship. In another, Looking Beyond Gitmo, a panel of legal experts debates the legal treatment of terrorism suspects. In a third, Is There Truth in Interpretation, legal philosopher Ronald Dworkin, delivers a lecture on jurisprudence.

Posting videos to YouTube and iTunes is hardly the LLOC's first foray into social media. It already has a Facebook page and a Twitter feed (@LawLibCongress), and many of the videos now on YouTube were previously available as part of a series of LLOC webcasts. On its Facebook page, you can keep track of library news and events and find basic information about the library.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on January 12, 2010 at 01:15 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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