Anne Osterman appointed VIVA Director

March 27, 2015 on 2:47 pm | In vivalib_announcements | No Comments

It is with great pleasure we announce that Anne Osterman has been selected to be the next VIVA Director, effective May 25, 2015.

Many thanks to the Search Committee for their dedicated work and excellent national search. The Search Committee, co-chaired by Carrie Cooper (W&M) and John Walsh (GMU), also included Gene Damon (VCCS), Cy Dillon (HSC), Sharon Gasser (JMU), Suzy Szasz Palmer (Longwood), and John Ulmschneider (VCU). We can all look to a very bright future under Anne’s leadership!

The full press release can be found here.


Perpetual access for AMS Journals is in progress

January 26, 2015 on 2:36 pm | In Collections, vivalib_announcements | No Comments

VIVA cancelled its American Mathematical Society (AMS) Journals subscription effective 12/31/14, but our contract does provide for perpetual access for the years 2002-2014. As the 2002-2009 content is freely available online, the years of concern are 2010-2014. Also, since two of the six titles are freely available online, the titles of concern are the Journal of the American Mathematical Society, Mathematics of Computation, Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society, and Transactions of the American Mathematical Society.

We are currently in conversations with AMS about providing this perpetual access. They do not have a mechanism at this time, although they are working on it, but they can provide a cd-rom of the material. If your institution was a previous subscriber (this is all of the public institutions and four of the private institutions) and would like a cd-rom of the content, please send an email to

VIVA FY15 Cancellations and Potential FY16 Cancellations

January 21, 2015 on 11:15 am | In Collections, vivalib_announcements | No Comments

Due to the 5% cut to its state funds in FY15, in addition to the shortfall in the collections budget because of contractually obligated, unavoidable price increases in subscriptions, VIVA needed to make a number of product changes effective 12/31/14. Based on a careful analysis of all of our products by the Collections and Steering Committees and a survey of all of our members, the following changes to our subscriptions were made:

VIVA did not renew its subscription to these products for FY15:

-American Mathematical Society Journals
-Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO)
-Springer Earth & Environmental Science Ebooks 2015 Collection
-Elsevier Ebook 2015 Frontlist

The first three products have a VIVA subscription end date of December 31, 2014, and VIVA will not acquire the 2015 years of the two ebook collections. More information has been sent to each member’s Collections Contact so that institutions that would like to and can afford to can subscribe to these products on their own or as a subgroup.

These products that were under cancellation review will be continued for FY15 using VIVA Central Funds, but they will remain under consideration for cancellation in FY16 if there is a further reversion of funds:

-Congressional (of note, ProQuest added the Historical Indexes for Congressional from 1789-1969 to the VIVA subscription at no charge)
-Journal of Applied Physiology
-Journal of Biological Chemistry
-Journal of Cell Biology
-Molecular Biology of the Cell
-Oxford Quick Reference

One additional product under cancellation review, already paid for in FY15, showed great potential for cost sharing among the member institutions, so this will be pursued for FY16 in lieu of cancellation:

-Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory

Save the Date! ILL Forum will take place on July 17, 2015

January 15, 2015 on 1:46 pm | In ill, vivalib_announcements | No Comments

The 17th Annual Interlibrary Loan Community Forum has been scheduled for Friday, July 17, 2015 at the University of Mary Washington Stafford Campus. More details will be available in the upcoming weeks and months. We hope you will attend!

ProQuest Adds New Content to VIVA’s Congressional Subscription

December 15, 2014 on 11:05 am | In Collections, vivalib_announcements | No Comments

ProQuest has added the Historical Indexes, including indexes for published hearings, committee prints, and Serial Set content from 1789-1969, as well as indexes for all never-published hearings that have been released by the National Archives, to VIVA’s Congressional subscription at no extra cost.

The Indexes are:
U.S. Serial Set Index (1789-1969)
U.S. Congressional Hearings Index (1834-1969)
Unpublished House Committee Hearings Index (1833-1972)
Unpublished Senate Committee Hearings Index (1824-1984)
U.S. Congressional Committee Prints Index (1830-1969)
U.S. Senate Executive Documents & Reports Index (1817-1969)

Institutions with access to ProQuest Congressional optional digital modules will access the enhanced digital version of records to which they have access, rather than the index-only version.

VIVA Director Job is Posted

December 15, 2014 on 10:19 am | In General | No Comments

The Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) invites applications for the position of Director, a rare opportunity to lead one of the most highly-respected academic library consortia in the United States, due to the upcoming retirement of its founding director. VIVA seeks inspired leadership for an academic library community that is continually in the forefront of library consortia initiatives. The ideal candidate will be a collaborative, strategic thinker who is already engaged with the library consortia community within and beyond North America. For more information, please see

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

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