Alicia Wise joins CLOCKSS as Executive Director

CLOCKSS – the long-term digital preservation service for scholarly communications – is pleased to announce that Alicia Wise will be its new Executive Director, taking over from Craig Van Dyck, who retires in May. 

 Dr. Wise has worked to improve access to digital research information throughout her career, first with the Archaeology Data Service then in senior roles in both the library and publishing communities, including Jisc, the Publishers Association, Publishers Licensing Services and Elsevier. She has been very active in collaborative initiatives between libraries and publishers including the Accessible Books Consortium, CHORUS, Research4Life, and CLOCKSS itself. Most recently, Alicia has been working as a consultant in scholarly communications, advising libraries, funders, and publishers on sustainable strategies for navigating the rapidly changing information landscape.

Mimi Calter, Deputy University Librarian at Stanford, and co-chair of the CLOCKSS Board of Directors said, ‘We are delighted that Alicia will be joining CLOCKSS as Executive Director. She has a wealth of industry experience to bring to the role, and has of course worked with CLOCKSS before, as both a board member, and as co-chair of the organization. We thank Craig for the excellent job he has done over the past five years, and look forward to working with Alicia to drive CLOCKSS through the next phases of its development in the coming years.’

Alicia Wise added, ‘CLOCKSS is a profoundly important service, which Craig has led admirably and with dedication, and it is an honour to be entrusted with the next phase of its development. Research, and the information that flows from it, are vital for our planet and species and must be preserved for the long term. Just because this knowledge is available online today does not guarantee it will be available tomorrowThe CLOCKSS community of librarians and publishers is dedicated to working together to ensure this happens.’