Victoria Reich, Founding Executive Director

In 1988 I moved from the National Agricultural Library in Washington D.C. where I was Head of Serials and Acquisitions to Stanford University, to take a very similar position. In the mid 90′s when the Web was coming into common use, I left technical services and joined a small team to help start HighWire Press. Eighteen years ago I co-founded the LOCKSS Program. The LOCKSS Program empowers communities to build and preserve their own local digital collections: to re-implement the paper model where libraries pay once, take custody of materials, and access it forever with no further fees. During the 1980′s I was at the Library of Congress in two different positions. As staff to the Librarian of Congress (Dr. Daniel Joseph Boorstin) I worked on copyright digital deposit, digital preservation and user computer interface design. Prior to working for Dr. Boorstin, I was a Science reference librarian. Wandering the stacks of the Library of Congress to answer a reference question or just because I could, remains a highlight of my professional career. I received my library degree at the University of Michigan, where as a young librarian, I was head of a branch library and a reference librarian.

Bio Sketch

Victoria Reich is Executive Director of the LOCKSS Program, Stanford University Library, []. The LOCKSS Program empowers local and national communities to ensure perpetual access to a wide range of materials, including for-fee and open access books and journals. In a 2014 audit, the LOCKSS technology received the first ever perfect score in the “Technologies, Technical Infrastructure, Security” category. Victoria has extensive library experience, having held positions at Stanford University Libraries, the U.S. National Agricultural Library, the Library of Congress and the University of Michigan. She was also instrumental in founding the CLOCKSS Archive ( and HighWire Press. Please see also, Awards and Selected Professional Activities, below.

Awards and Selected Professional Activities
  • Copyright and Fair Use. Vicky is on the Advisory Board of this fantastic resource.
  • The eJUSt (electronic Journal User Study) studied the early impact of ejournals on scholars, publishers, and librarians and through interviews, online surveys and data mining explored how readers use and perceive online journals.
  • Talks: More Recent and  Prior to 2006
  • Publications: More Recent and Prior to 2006
  • Professional Service: PKP Private LOCKSS Network Advisory Panel (2014 – )
  • SSP Program Committee (2008-2012)
  • University of Michigan School of Information External Advisory Board (2015 – 2016 )
Previous Positions

For a lighthearted description of one day of work at the LOCKSS Progam, see A day in the life…Serials, March 2011 (24/1), page 95.