MSU Libraries recently joined LOCKSS (“Lots of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe”), an e-journal archiving initiative participated in by top research libraries across North America. Developed by Stanford University in 2004, LOCKSS ensures that MSU Libraries will maintain perpetual online access to contents of the e-journals subscribed to from participating publishers.
At present, participants in LOCKSS include over one hundred publishers and more than sixty members of the Association of Research Libraries. A primary goal of LOCKSS is to enable libraries to utilize open-source software to easily and inexpensively collect and maintain a permanent digital archive of e-journal subscriptions. In other words, LOCKSS enables a library to actually own e-journal content to which it subscribes. In doing so, this initiative relieves libraries from uncertainties regarding whether they would be able to provide patrons with perpetual access to subscribed e-journal content following such events as subscription cancellations, journal cessations, license agreement expirations, and publisher mergers.
According to Frances Coleman, Dean of MSU Libraries, “Our participation in LOCKSS reflects our ongoing commitment to preserving our journal holdings for future researchers at MSU.” Coleman adds that, “As our collection of e-journals continues to grow, our participation in innovative archiving initiatives such as LOCKSS is key to successfully maintaining our role as a research library.” For additional information about the LOCKSS e-journal archiving initiative, visit the LOCKSS website at http://www.lockss.org.
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