The Linnaeus Link Union Catalogue (LLUC) Project
We hope that you will enjoy using the new LLUC.
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Join Us! If your institution or collection has significant Linnaean holdings, raise your profile by becoming a partner.
The Linnaeus Link Project is an international collaboration between libraries with significant holdings of Linnaean material. It is funded, maintained and co-ordinated by the Linnean Society of London. Its main aim is to be a comprehensive,of Linnaean publications, facilitating research for scholars worldwide by enabling them to identify locations of titles with a single internet search.
It also acts as the official bibliography of works by and relating to Linnaeus and his legacy by using and continuing the bibliographic work of Basil Soulsby.
Since the inaugural meeting in 1999, many important institutions have committed to moving the project forward and the current list of partners is as follows:
- Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem
- British Library (London)
- Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève
- Hagströmerbiblioteket [The Hagströmer Medico-Historical Library], Karolinska Institutet (Stockholm)
- Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation (Pittsburgh, PA)
- Det Kongelige Bibliotek. Nationalbibliotek og Københavns universitetsbibliotek [Royal Library: National Library and Copenhagen University Library]
- Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien [Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences] (Stockholm)
- Linnean Society of London
- Muséum d'histoire naturelle de la Ville de Genève [Natural History Museum of Geneva]
- Botanic Garden Meise [formerly the National Botanic Garden of Belgium]
- Natural History Museum (London)
- New York Botanical Garden
- Real Jardín Botánico, Madrid [Royal Botanic Garden, Madrid]
- Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (London)
- Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
- Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Preussischer Kulturbesitz (Germany)
- Stockholms universitetsbibliotek [Stockholm University Library]
- Svenska Linnésällskapet [Swedish Linnaeus Society] (Uppsala)
- Uppsala universitetsbibliotek [Uppsala University Library]
In 2004, The Linnean Society of London funded a three-year project to catalogue the extensive Linnaean collection at the, with the Museum providing staff support and facilities.
The new LLUC
The Linnean Society funded the software development of the initial LLUC. This commitment is ongoing. In 2011-2012, the system was completely redesigned to reflect changing technologies and user expectations. The new system built by the IT company 67 Bricks has much improved navigation, search- and display functions.
An outstanding feature is the new system's ability to cope with a wide range of international cataloguing systems and special characters, in line with the project's international foundations. It is also a powerful tool for bibliographic research: Instead of amalgamating all individual partners' records for one title into one artificial, "ideal", record, the system uses a unique Tab display to unveil the full bibliographic information present in each individual record. This is especially relevant for copy-specific information and provenance research.