New VIVA Brochure!

September 8, 2014 on 1:21 pm | In vivalib_announcements | No Comments

The new VIVA brochure is now available! You can go to to see a pdf version, and we’ll be sending print copies to each campus soon. A big thank you to the Outreach Committee, which worked on the brochure, and Gale, which donated the design work as well as the printing!

Universal Borrowing is now Cooperative Borrowing

September 2, 2014 on 9:02 am | In General, vivalib_announcements | No Comments

The Universal Borrowing pilot program has now become the Cooperative Borrowing program. This program allows students, faculty, and staff at VIVA institutions to request to borrow materials on-site from any participating library. Circulation staff can check borrowers’ current status at the program page.

Webinars about WorldCat Discovery

July 22, 2014 on 1:15 pm | In General, vivalib_announcements | No Comments

Information about OCLC’s new WorldCat Discovery Service and VIVA’s support for this service is being provided in upcoming webinars on July 23rd (at 2-3 pm) and July 24th (at 10-11 am). Please register for the webinars using the links below.

July 23rd, 2 pm:

July 24th, 10 am:

New Cancellation Guidelines

July 18, 2014 on 3:37 pm | In Collections, vivalib_announcements | No Comments

The Steering Committee recently approved the following Cancellation Guidelines developed by the Collections Committee:
a. Minimize the impact
b. Content over convenience
c. Vendor performance and licensing and pricing policies
d. Content (e.g. Full Text) over indexing
e. Control overall spend on product
They are located at

The 16th Annual VIVA Interlibrary Loan Community Forum

May 28, 2014 on 5:28 pm | In General, ill, vivalib_announcements | No Comments

The 16th Annual VIVA ILL Community Forum will held at Sweet Briar College on July 11, 2014.

Registration is now open and more information is available here.

New Full-Text Content in the Sciences Added to VIVA’s Subscriptions

March 20, 2014 on 1:57 pm | In Collections, General, vivalib_announcements | No Comments

Extensive full-text content has been added to the VIVA public institutions’ 2014 renewal of ProQuest’s Complete Cambridge Sciences Collection:
• Ebrary Academic: Physical Sciences ( is a compilation of over 5,600 e-books. This collection covers a wide range of classic and new books on Astronomy, Chemistry, Mathematics, Mechanics, Meteorology, Physics, Quantum Theory, Space Science, Technical Writing, and more. The contract provides for secure electronic interlibrary loan at the chapter level, and the platform has advanced functions such as highlighting and annotating, personal bookshelves, and the option to print selections with automatic citations.
• The VIVA subscription also now includes seven full-text ProQuest e-journal collections: Agricultural Science, Aquatic Science, Atmospheric Science, Biological Science, Computer Science, Environmental Science, and Materials Science. Across the collections, this represents full-text content from over 3,300 journals, some extending as far back as 1946 in coverage. These collections take advantage of ProQuest’s Deep Indexing functionality, which makes the data from tables and figures found in journal articles searchable and allows users to export these objects directly into Microsoft PowerPoint with publisher attribution built into each slide.

VIVA E-Book Cataloging Training

January 30, 2014 on 4:35 pm | In vivalib_announcements | No Comments

On January 30th, VIVA members Mark Lane (JMU), Kim Edwards (GMU), and Cheri Duncan (JMU) provided training on cataloging e-books with Natalie Clewell (NVCC) serving as the moderator. Topics included ordering and receiving records from OCLC collection sets, using the WorldCat knowledge base to obtain records, batch-editing records using MarcEDIT, and loading records with a focus on the Millennium ILS. Link to the recording and the presentation slides by going to the VIVA training page:

Revised VIVA ILL Guidelines

December 5, 2013 on 2:28 pm | In General, VIVAlert, vivalib_announcements | No Comments

In November, the Resource Sharing Committee revised the VIVA ILL Guidelines. At their meetings this week, the Steering Committee and SCHEV Library Advisory Committee approved these revisions, effective December 4, 2013. Major changes were made to reflect current practice and the maturity of the VIVA ILL procedures, such as removing “Ariel” and replacing it with “secure electronic document transmission system” and removing references to load leveling.

Sign to promote Universal Borrowing pilot

September 24, 2013 on 9:30 am | In vivalib_announcements | No Comments

A sign that can be used to promote the Universal Borrowing pilot is available here:

VIVA has purchased three e-books through the DDA plan

September 12, 2013 on 10:43 am | In Collections | No Comments

Due to sufficient usage across the consortium, VIVA has ‘purchased’ its first three books from the DDA e-book plan:

Biological Oceanography, Wiley, 2012
Network and Discrete Location: Models, Algorithms, and Applications, Wiley, 2013
Human Genetics and Genomics, Wiley, 2012

All of the public and the participating private institutions will now have access to these books in perpetuity.

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