LOCKSS: call for 2010-11 participation

18 August 2010

The UK LOCKSS Alliance is inviting new members for the 2010-2011 academic year.

LOCKSS: what it does and how Libraries can get involved

Lots Of Copies Keep Stuff Safe (LOCKSS) is an international initiative to ensure libraries remain central to the process of scholarly information management. It provides libraries with the tools and support to easily and inexpensively take custody of the assets for which they have paid; to build – not simply lease - local collections of the scholarly material their readers care most about.

LOCKSS allows libraries to activate perpetual access rights when needed, without affecting the daily relationship between library and publisher.

Following a successful two year JISC-funded pilot involving 30 libraries in UK higher education, the UK LOCKSS Alliance launched in August 2008 as a membership organisation. Technical advice and general support for the UK LOCKSS Alliance has been led by EDINA working together with the DCC.

A governing Steering Committee comprised of librarians at participating institutions ensures the UK LOCKSS Alliance is working towards and meeting community expectations and requirements.

Participation and Subscription Details

Pricing details can be found at the JISC Collections web site. The membership fees for 2010-2011 are being held at the 2009-2010 rates.

More information about UKLA can be found at the EDINA website.

How LOCKSS is helping UK HE institutions preserve their ejournal content

The London School of Economics Library first participated in the LOCKSS pilot and is now a subscribing member of the UK LOCKSS Alliance. LSE staff and students make heavy use of our ejournal collection, downloading approximately 2.5 million articles in full text during 2008-9. Clearly preserved ejournal content is critical for LSE teaching and learning and having key titles like Industrial Law Journal, (1,700 FT downloads in 2008-9 and cited on courses within our VLE) and Journal of Democracy (4,500 FT downloads in 2008-9 and cited on courses within our VLE) stored in our LOCKSS box will play a significant role in our ability to offer 'business as usual' in a trigger event.
Lisa Cardy (Serials Manager, LSE Library)
De Montfort University Library has identified 4 ejournals with FT downloads over 500 (untypically high use for De Montfort) in 2009 which are preserved in their LOCKSS box.
Probation Journal: 1187 FT downloads during 2009
Journal of Biological Chemistry: 561 FT downloads during 2009
The British Journal of Criminology: 511 FT downloads during 2009
The British Journal of Social Work: 411 FT downloads during 2009
Philip Adams (Senior Assistant Librarian, De Montfort University Library)
In an increasingly challenging economic environment ensuring continued long-term access to paid for content is more important than ever. LOCKSS provides a low cost and practical solution enabling access to preserved content when needed via integration with existing library systems.
Lorraine Estelle, CEO JISC Collections

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