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: 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 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!

34 VIVA members support the Directory of Open Access Journals!

March 2, 2016 on 10:49 am | In General, vivalib_announcements | No Comments

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 for the 18th Annual Interlibrary Loan Community Forum

February 25, 2016 on 12:01 pm | In General, ill, Press Releases, Tech Services, vivalib_announcements | No Comments

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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!

Sixteen new titles added to Oxford University Press (OUP) journal collection

February 4, 2016 on 10:53 am | In Collections, vivalib_announcements | No Comments

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

ProQuest SciTech Collection

February 3, 2016 on 5:44 pm | In Collections, vivalib_announcements | No Comments

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).

Intellect and Investext Snapshot added to existing VIVA Mergent Online and Horizon subscription.

February 1, 2016 on 11:07 am | In Collections, vivalib_announcements | No Comments

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.

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