The UK LOCKSS Alliance has published three case studies exploring theÂ benefits of the LOCKSS approach for e-journal preservation.
The case studies confirm the value of the LOCKSSÂ approach:Â Â with an alternative source ofÂ supply under library control, the LOCKSSÂ approach gives academics and librarians greater confidence in e-only journal environments.Â Â Once a local LOCKSS archive is integrated withÂ linkÂ resolver systems, the library has invested in a powerful tool forÂ theÂ preservation and continuing access of e-journal content.
Key highlights from the case studies include:
“The reliability of LOCKSS as a source of content to address short-termÂ outages instills confidence in its reliability as a long-termÂ preservationÂ solution.”Â – De Montfort University Case Study
“The LOCKSS box is held locally and thus is under the control of theÂ library. The library decides what to archive.” – University of Warwick Case Study
“Itâ€™s reassuring for users to see the content in the box as evidenceÂ that it is safely preserved and can be accessed.”Â – London School of Economics and Political Science Case Study
Case study participants were given an opportunity to discussÂ future development of the LOCKSS software, and we are happy to report that aÂ number of the suggested improvements areÂ being addressed as part of ongoing development. These include:
- Support for COUNTER statistics to demonstrateÂ usage of LOCKSS content.
- Subscription Management mechanisms to integrateÂ library catalogues with LOCKSS to aid development of archive collections.
- Shibboleth support to cater for off-campusÂ access by library users.