Victoria Reich and David S. H. Rosenthal have been named the winners of the 2014 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology. The award recognizes outstanding individuals or institutions for their long-term contributions in the area of Library and Information Science technology and its application.
Reich and Rosenthal are being recognized for their collaboration on the creation and development of the LOCKSS Program. Originated in 1999, the open-source, library-led digital preservation system is the first and only system developed that allows institutions to take custody and preserve access to both purchased electronic content and locally created digital content, thus providing a mechanism to safeguard a library's digital assets.
Of particular significance is the expansion of the original purpose of LOCKSS (to preserve and provide access to subscription electronic content) to include Private LOCKSS Networks where communities are empowered to take long-term care of the diverse range of digital materials that are important to them. The LOCKSS technology is being deployed in creative ways through collaborative efforts of like-minded institutions that have an international span.