Robert H. McDonald
Associate Director of University Libraries for Technology & Research
Florida State University
Director of the Digital Library
Association of Southeastern Research Libraries
Thomas Stuart Robertson
Assistant Director and Technical Manager, LOCKSS Program
The ASERL LOCKSS-ETD Initiative is a joint project between the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) Program at Stanford University and the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL). Participating in the project are the following ASERL Libraries: Florida State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Kentucky, University of Tennessee, Vanderbilt University, and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. This group is utilizing the latest version of LOCKSS (1.10.5) to harvest electronic theses and dissertations from each institution using the OAI-PMH. The OAI-PMH is used to create a LOCKSS archival unit for collections such as ETDs which are continually updated. The LOCKSS caches at each institution allow for multiple copies of ETDs in geographically dispersed locations thus offering an additional layer of preservation for each ETD collection as well as a cooperative open-source model for organizations that support E-Scholarship publishing initiatives.