The Impact Of LOCKSS

The LOCKSS Program empowers libraries to locally archive and control their leased collections, ensuring perpetual access and local control and ownership. LOCKSS promotes the health and strength of the library community.

The LOCKSS Program helps publishers guarantee that their web-published scholarly content remains un-tampered, authentic and accessible for tomorrow’s readers. LOCKSS supports publisher business models by delivering readers to their Web sites.

Read what the LOCKSS Program community, founders and developers have to say about the importance of LOCKSS.

LOCKSS is designed to be the most robust, sustainable and technologically sound preservation system in existence. Our preservation principles reflect carefully researched archival practices, especially our commitment to transparent and distributed preservation that we believe is essential to safeguard against human risk factors – the ones most likely to interfere with trustworthy preservation. – Michael Keller, University Librarian; Director of Academic Information Resources, Stanford University Libraries.

As a collaborative community program, LOCKSS also makes a difference today by supporting libraries and publishers in their role as trusted organizations in our society. LOCKSS reinforces the traditional role of libraries as custodians of content, and preserves publishers’ Web-published original versions as the authoritative version of record. Publishers and libraries participating in LOCKSS control how their content is accessed and ensure its availability for long-term future use by their communities. – Victoria Reich, Executive Director, LOCKSS Program, Stanford University Libraries.

As a leading publisher of STM research, Springer takes seriously the commitment to ensure ongoing researcher access to scientific content. Springer recognizes LOCKSS as a proven method for libraries to manage preservation of their local collections, both for journal and ebook content. Whether material is subscription, ownership model, or Open Access, LOCKSS technology provides a trusted mechanism for content to be harvested and preserved. Heather Ruland Staines, Senior Manager eOperations and Digital Preservation, Springer Science + Business Media.

LOCKSS has repeatedly proven itself as the most effective preservation framework available to digital memory institutions, not just because of the strength of its technical design, but also because of the philosophy that undergirds it. LOCKSS empowers libraries to own and control the process of preservation. It explicitly fosters collaboration between libraries–a cyberinfrastructure trait that experts in the field have cited as the key to our field’s success in the digital age. MetaArchive members actively curate and preserve their unique digital archives in our community-governed, community-operated LOCKSS network. From ETDs to newspapers, the safety of their local collections is assured through the distributed digital preservation network we build, host, and manage together. Katherine Skinner, Executive Director, Educopia Institute.

Our digitization program aims to bring the riches of the Folger Shakespeare Library to the fingertips of online scholars and the general public. A necessary complement to this goal is a commitment to careful stewardship of master digital images. Thanks to our MetaArchive partnership, these electronic surrogates — including digital facsimiles of the earliest printed works of Shakespeare — are preserved through a geographically-distributed LOCKSS network. Our membership in the cooperative ensures ongoing access to high resolution facsimiles, helping us meet the primary part of our mission: to preserve and enhance the collections. Michael Witmore, Director, Folger Shakespeare Library.