Innovation Award recognizes VIVA’s Whole Ebook Lending Initiative!

July 6, 2017 on 10:49 am | In Collections, ill, Press Releases, Tech Services, vivalib_announcements | No Comments

At the 2017 American Library Association’s Annual Conference, VIVA was honored to receive the Rethinking Resource Sharing’s Innovation Award for our Whole Ebook Interlibrary Lending Initiative! Carrie Cooper, VIVA Steering Committee Chair and Dean of Libraries at the College of William and Mary, accepted the award on behalf of the consortium. This award comes with a $500 stipend and honors individuals or institutions that improve access to information through innovative approaches to resource sharing. You can read the full press release here.

As background, the Whole Ebook ILL Initiative began in the fall of 2016, when VIVA negotiated and later signed ebook contracts with Brill, Oxford University Press, Taylor & Francis, and Wiley that held lending rights for whole ebooks. Libraries have been advocating for these rights ever since ebooks came on the scene, but they have been difficult to obtain. They are critical to the ways libraries build and share their collections in the 21st century, particularly in light of the many deeply collaborative, shared institutional collections projects. For each publisher, our libraries are allowed to either send whole ebooks downloaded from the platforms or create single/merged pdfs from individual chapter pdfs and lend them to other libraries.  Gaining the right to lend was only the first step, however. A Resource Sharing Committee task force then developed best practices and guidelines for the lending of these ebooks, which included publisher and platform-specific recommendations.

This initiative and this award would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of VIVA members. In particular VIVA would like to thank the individuals who served on the RFP for Ebook Collections Committee that gained these lending rights (Madeline Kelly, Chair, GMU; Mike Cobb, Liberty; Amanda Echterling, VCU; Maria Fesz, NVCC; Genya O’Gara, VIVA; Anne Osterman, VIVA; Carolyn Schubert, JMU; and LeeAnne Beatty Smith, JMU Procurement) and the group that developed the best practices for whole ebook lending (Laura Ramos, Chair, GMU; Jacqueline Carrell, PVCC; Elizabeth Teaff, W&L; Shirley Thomas, VCU; and Genya O’Gara, VIVA).  VIVA would also like to thank the vendor partners, Brill, Oxford University Press, Taylor & Francis, and Wiley, for both recognizing how important these lending rights are to libraries and for their willingness to partner to help us realize them.

NEW VIVA Featured Members! Hollins University: an interview with Luke Vilelle, University Librarian

February 13, 2017 on 5:02 pm | In Press Releases, vivalib_announcements | No Comments

The VIVA Outreach Committee has recently launched a Featured Member Library initiative. This initiative showcases member’s library spaces, services, and users. Check out the first in this series,  Hollins University!

SAVE THE DATE! Registration for the Biannual VIVA Collections Forum Now Open!

January 30, 2017 on 11:57 am | In Collections, General, vivalib_announcements | No Comments

Registration for the VIVA 2017 Collections Forum is now open! This year’s Forum will be held at VCU’s James Branch Cabell  Library, May 19th, 2017. The Forum Committee has put together an exciting agenda for this year’s program.  To register, please go here: . Registration will close April 18th! The agenda, schedules, lodging, and detailed travel information can be found here: .

Forum Notes:

  • If you are traveling overnight, rooms have been reserved at the Hilton Richmond Downtown. You will need to make your reservations by April 18th, after that the VIVA block will be released. Please see the Collections Forum information page for detailed booking instructions and VIVA pre-approval paperwork.
  • As a reminder VIVA travel guidelines state that VIVA can only reimburse overnight stays for those coming from more than 2 ½ hours away. You are welcome to avail yourself of the group rate however, regardless of travel distance. If not covered by VIVA travel we recommend checking with your local institution to see if they will reimburse an overnight stay.
  • Don’t forget, mark your lunch choices on the registration survey! This will determine the number of lunches provided, and will help us to accommodate anyone with dietary restrictions.
  • If you have any travel related questions, please contact Cutrice Harris, VIVA Budget Manager.

Mergent Analytics Module

August 23, 2016 on 1:38 pm | In Collections, General, vivalib_announcements | No Comments

Mergent will soon be adding a new module, Mergent Analytics, to VIVA’s shared subscription to Mergent Online, Horizon, Intellect, and Investext Snapshot. Mergent Analytics allows the user to chart and graph numerous equity analytics, such as Activity Ratios, Business Segment Data, Leverage & Coverage, Price & Return, Profitability and Revenue & EPS.

This database will automatically appear as a new tab within Mergent Online. You may want to highlight this resource in your database list or resource guides.

Save the date! VIVA Collections Analysis Webinar – September 8th

August 8, 2016 on 1:25 pm | In Collections, General, Tech Services, vivalib_announcements | No Comments

Please join the Monographic Collections Analysis Task Force on September 8th, 2016, at 10:30 am for a Collections Analysis webinar. The webinar will provide a brief overview of the work of the group to date, collections tools available to VIVA members, how to get involved, and a quick overview of future steps. For those that can’t make it, the webinar will be recorded and posted online.

VIVA’s Open Textbook Network System and Campus Leaders announced!

June 13, 2016 on 9:15 am | In Collections, Press Releases, Training, vivalib_announcements | No Comments

Congratulations to VIVA’s Open Textbook Network System and Campus Leaders! (A full list of participants can be found here.)

Textbook and related costs are a well-known barrier to college affordability for students.  VIVA’s Open Texbook Network System membership will allow VIVA to train 33 open education library leaders who will hold workshops for faculty across the state to support them in making greater use of openly available educational materials, including textbooks, which are free of cost to students.

By promoting the use and creation of high quality educational materials that are free for students to use, this initiative will increase affordability in higher education, promote student success, and empower Virginia faculty to contribute to the growing field of open course materials.

The three System Leaders – Olivia Reinauer (Tidewater Community College), James Ghaphery (Virginia Commonwealth University), and Claudia Holland (George Mason University) – will be attending an intensive summer training institute at the University of Minnesota in August. The twenty-nine Campus Leaders will be attending a full day of training in Virginia at James Madison University on October 6th.

This is a wonderful opportunity for selected VIVA members to work across the state on an exciting open education initiative. Thank you to all of the participants!  It’s an exciting time for Virginia higher education!

Product Announcement: New England Journal of Medicine

May 11, 2016 on 2:16 pm | In Collections, General, vivalib_announcements | No Comments

VIVA is happy to announce that, effective July 1st, we are adding the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) to our holdings. Trial access is currently turned on for member libraries.

All public institutions will have access to this resource, and discounts may be available to new private institution subscribers.

Call for nominations – Open Textbook Network

May 11, 2016 on 1:31 pm | In General, Training, vivalib_announcements | No Comments


We’re excited to announce that a call has gone out to VIVA Library Directors for nominations for participation in the Open Textbook Network’s System and Campus Leader trainings.

As a reminder these trainings are made available through VIVA’s system wide membership in OTN and include:

  • A full-day training for Virginia higher education institutions to create and build Campus Leaders (e.g. train the trainer)
  • The ability to send two people from Virginia – future System Leaders – to OTN’s 3-day summer institute at the University of Minnesota

Due to a limited number of spaces, VIVA central worked closely with a sub-committee from the Virginia Scholarly Communications Interest Group (VASCIG) to finalize recommendations for nomination criteria and expectations. These criteria include, among others: leadership and/or demonstrated interest scholarly communication topics, including open education and/or open access initiatives; an ability to organize and implement outreach to faculty; and the ability to attend one or more training. (For a complete list of criteria please email VIVA central. )

Important Dates

  • May 15th (Nominations submitted by Library Directors)
  • June 10th (System Leaders announced)
  • August 8-12 (System Leader Training, University of Minnesota)
  • October 6, 2016 (Campus Leader Training, JMU)

This is a wonderful opportunity for selected VIVA members to work across the state on an open education initiative. VIVA has put out a call to Library Directors to nominate individuals from their institutions for these roles, however, if you are interested in participating, or know someone that would be interested, please let your Library Director know asap! 

VIVA would also like to thank the VASCIG OTN subcommittee for the time and energy they put into pulling together the recommendations and guidelines. Committee members include: Hillary Miller (VCU), Yasmeen Shorish (JMU), Lucretia McCulley (UofR), Anita Walz (VT), Mike Ours (Lynchburg), Claudia Holland (GMU), and Olivia Reinauer (Tidewater CC).

Registration now open for the 2016 VIVA ILL Forum!

March 22, 2016 on 2:09 pm | In General, ill, vivalib_announcements | No Comments

Registration is now open for the 2016 ILL Forum, to be held at VCU Libraries in Richmond Virginia on July 22nd.  To register, please go here: . Schedules, lodging, and travel information can be found here: .

This year your responses  to the following questions will focus and inform the breakout session discussions. Please take few minutes to complete this brief survey after you register for the forum: .

Looking forward to July!


Tara Cassidy appointed Director of the VCCS Library Services

March 3, 2016 on 10:00 am | In General, vivalib_announcements | No Comments

Tara-CassidyTara Cassidy assumed the role of Director of the VCCS Library Services, effective March 1st. Tara holds a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh, a post-graduate Certificate in E-Learning from James Madison University, and has attended the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians. Most recently, Tara served as the VCCS Coordinator of Library Services. Previous positions include Electronic Services Librarian at VCCS (2007-2014), Reference Librarian at JS Reynolds (2007-2009), and College Librarian at ECPI Colleges, Inc. (2005-2007). Tara has served on numerous VIVA committees and working groups and will continue to work closely with VIVA in this new position. Please join us in wishing Tara the best in her new role!

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