The University of Illinois Library recently joined the LOCKSS program as members of the LOCKSS Alliance. LOCKSS (lots of copies keep stuff safe) is a consortium based at Stanford University of over 80 institutions world-wide that provides open-source archiving software, and works with publishers to get permission to archive Web versions of their e-journals.
Becoming a LOCKSS library involves setting up the LOCKSS archiving software on a computer, and periodically archiving selected e-journal titles to which the Library subscribes, and for which the LOCKSS consortium has obtained permission from the publishers.
LOCKSS has negotiated permissions to archive e-journals from over 60 subscription publishers and a number of publishers of open access journals (http://lockss.stanford.edu/about/titles.htm). In taking this step to join the LOCKSS Alliance, the University Library is adding LOCKSS as one of several digital preservation technology tools that it will use or acquire in the coming years to fulfill our commitment to ongoing digital preservation of important e-content.
The LOCKSS Alliance is a membership organization for libraries interested in LOCKSS as part of their strategy for building and preserving digital collections of e-journals and other web-based content. Until recently LOCKSS has been supported by a variety of grants and in-kind contributions.
The Alliance was formed recently in an effort to stabilize the support for LOCKSS software development and program activities. It is governed by a Board of Directors, and staffed by project team members. The Alliance is working intensively with the Board as well as a newly-
appointed Technical Policy committee to determine LOCKSS' technical development directions and priorities, and how LOCKSS can establish a permanent role in the library and publisher communities.
Beth Sandore is a member of the Technical Policy committee, representing the UIUC Library. Nuala Koetter and John Weible will be responsible for implementing the LOCKSS server in the Library, and they will work closely with the Office of Library Collections and Acquisitions in this endeavor.
Posted by at September 26, 2005 10:12 AM