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.
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. )
- 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 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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YJF5JKZ . Schedules, lodging, and travel information can be found here: http://www.vivalib.org/interlibraryloan/illforum/illforum.html .
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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5T9MDJ5 .
Looking forward to July!
Tara 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!
By consortium agreement, 34 VIVA members have agreed to directly support the efforts of The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). As stated on the DOAJ website, VIVA support will enable the non-profit to: “do a better and quicker job in processing journals to be listed in DOAJ, and strengthen our efforts in promoting good open access publishing practice.” The agreement reflects member institutions’ commitment to supporting quality, peer-reviewed Open Access materials. The 34 institutions are listed here, and to learn more about the history and goals of the DOAJ, click here.
Save the date! The 18th Annual Interlibrary Loan Community Forum has been scheduled for Friday, July 22nd, 2016 at Virginia Commonwealth University. More details will be available in the upcoming weeks and months. We hope you will all be able to attend!
All VIVA public institutions and the participating private institutions will have access to this additional content. The participating private institutions are Ferrum College, Hampton University, Liberty University, Marymount University, Randolph-Macon College, Shenandoah University, Sweet Briar College, Virginia Union University, and Washington & Lee University.
The sixteen additional titles include: the American Journal of Clinical Pathology, Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Political Sociology, International Studies Perspectives, International Studies Quarterly, International Studies Review, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Global Security Studies, Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology, Journal of Travel Medicine, Laboratory Medicine, Pain Medicine, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan, and Western Historical Quarterly
VIVA’s Complete Cambridge Sciences Collection (CCSC) has been upgraded to the ProQuest SciTech Collection!
Previously, VIVA provided public institutions with access to the CCSC, which represented A&I and full text resources across many areas of the sciences. With this upgrade, all public institutions will have access to the full ProQuest SciTechCollection. This collection includes ALL of the content included in the CCSC as well as additional content. It also moves VIVA away from what was a custom package to a product currently sold and marketed by ProQuest. Access to the ebrary Academic: Science and Technology Collection that has been associated with the CCSC will continue, as will access to the Physical Education Index. The ProQuest SciTech Collection is summarized here, and a spreadsheet of the additional content that institutions will be receiving as a result of this upgrade is available upon request. The collection includes over 55,000 titles (the total for both A&I and full-text, 7,200 of which are full-text journal and proceedings titles) and over 110,000,000 records (over 26,000,000 of which are full-text documents).
VIVA has started subscriptions for Mergent Intellect and Investext Snapshot, effective 2/1/16. These subscriptions will be added to its existing Mergent Online and Horizaon subscription. All public institutions and the pooled funds private institutions will have access to this new content.
Investext Snapshot, or the Thomson Reuters Embargoed Research Collection, includes authoritative analyses of companies, industries, products, and markets that are written by analysts at investment banks and independent research firms. It can be found as a new tab within the Mergent Online platform. (Because this upgrade included activation for Mergent Online Premium as well as Investext, schools may see a few new tabs added to Mergent Online in addition to the Investext Snapshot tab.)
Mergent Intellect provides extensive information about private companies, both active and inactive. It is on a separate platform from Mergent Online.
VIVA is gaining substantial new Wiley journal content by upgrading its shared Wiley Online Library content to the new Wiley “Database Model”. This model includes access to all but one of Wiley’s current e-journals. (The one exception is The Journal of the European Economic Association.)
Previously, VIVA had a shared collection of core journals with individual institutions opting in for additional titles. With this upgrade, all participating institutions will share the Wiley Database Model. This represents an increase of 217 titles to VIVA’s shared, core collection for a total of 1,485 journal titles. It also means that there will no longer be the annual title reconciliation by institutions. Perpetual access to subscribed titles and years applies.
All public institutions and the participating private institutions will have access to this content upgrade. Participating private institutions include: Bridgewater College, Christendom College, Eastern Mennonite University, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Ferrum College, Liberty University, Lynchburg College, Mary Baldwin College, Marymount University, Regent University, Shenandoah University, Southern Virginia University, Sweet Briar College, University of Richmond, Virginia Wesleyan College, and Washington & Lee University.
The database model journal list can be found here.