Brief Bio: Victoria Reich

Vicky’s focus has been (and will continue to be) to rally libraries and librarians to fulfill their mission as memory organizations.

Her unique contributions while at Stanford University include:
  • The Stanford Digital Library Project. As a member of the Executive Committee, Vicky was responsible for communicating to the computer science PIs and graduate students how libraries work. She routinely shared how researchers use libraries, including the importance of linked citations and the Science Citation Index. Google, which was initially built on web page linking relationships, spun out of this work.
  • HighWire Press. Vicky was a key member of the small original team who built and developed the first online publishing platform for scholarly journals. HighWire Press was responsible for most, if not all, of the first five years of online publishing innovations. Its customers were the most highly cited journals published by the most impactful STM societies.
  • LOCKSS Program. Vicky co-founded the LOCKSS Program with Dr. David S. H. Rosenthal and the invaluable support of Mike Keller. The LOCKSS Program is an international community of communities who use the software to preserve and provide perpetual access content from over 1000 publishers. All genres and formats are preserved: books, journals, government documents, institutional repository content, etc. The program has had a profound impact on digital preservation theory and practice. Vicky brought in money and managed the budget: $7M of grants; $27,000 (2003/2004) to $2,300,000 (2015/2016) (~ 100x increase) of service income; ~$4M reserve funds when the program was transferred to DLSS.
  • CLOCKSS Archive. Vicky was a key leader and manager in the founding (2005) and building of the archive. With Gordon Tibbitts she managed the archive until the first Executive Director was hired (2010).


  • Founding Executive Director LOCKSS Program, (1⁄2 time) January 2017-May 2018. Mentored staff and assisted with the succession transfer of LOCKSS Program management.
  • Executive Director LOCKSS Program, 1998-December 2016.
  • Assistant Director, HighWire Press, 1996-1998, (part time) 1998-2001.
  • Digital Librarian, Web Site Designer ( and library logo), 1994-1996.
  • Chief, Serials and Acquisitions, 1990-1994.
  • Chief, Serials Department, 1987-1990.
  • Head, Acquisitions Branch, National Agricultural Library 1986–1987
  • Planning Librarian, Office of the Librarian, The Library of Congress 1982–1986
  • Science Reference Librarian, Science Division, The Library of Congress 1980–1982
  • Head, Librarian Mental Health Research Institute, University of Michigan 1978–1979
  • Assistant Librarian, Head Circulation & Reference, Natural Science Library,
  • University of Michigan 1977–1978
  • Literature Searcher, Technical Library, The Upjohn Company 1976-1977

Selected Professional Activities:

  • Original Team Member and Advisory Board, Copyright and Fair Use, 1996-.
  • Advisory Board, Free Ebook Foundation, 2015-.
  • Advisory Board, Public Knowledge Project Preservation, 2014-.
  • External Advisory Board, University of Michigan School of Information, 2015-2016.
  • Program Committee, Society of Scholarly Publishing, 2008-2012.
  • Founder, Leader, Heavy Lifter, CLOCKSS Archive, 2005-2011.
  • Liaison to contractor, eJUSt - electronic Journal User Study, 2000-2002.
  • Executive Committee, Stanford Digital Library Technologies Project, 1995-2000.

Awards and Honors:

  • Council of Library Resources TRAC audit awarded LOCKSS technology the first ever (and still the only)perfect score for technology and security, 2014.
  • LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology, Victoria Reich and David S. H. Rosenthal, 2014.
  • Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award, 2008.
  • ALA ALCTS Outstanding Collaboration Citation. CLOCKSS Archive, 2007.
  • Weber Leadership Award, Stanford University, 1993.


Vicky's publications are included in this list.