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.
A sign that can be used to promote the Universal Borrowing pilot is available here: http://vivalib.org/rsc/UniversalBorrowingSign.docx.
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.
Saint Paul’s College has lost its SACS accreditation and is closing, effective July 1, 2013.
VIVA has awarded the contract for Modern Language Association (MLA) International Bibliography, LION, and LION Premium for VIVA public and private nonprofit members, to ProQuest, effective August 1, 2013. More information (including the schedule and full text of the RFP) is available at
The VIVA contract with Bowker for Books in Print with Reviews (both the Global and United States editions) ends on July 1st. If institutions want to subscribe individually, they can contact Randy Boecker at 1-800-281-0079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new product announcement about the VIVA DDA pilot program is now available on the product announcement web page: http://www.vivalib.org/outreach/releases/index.html. Please feel free to adapt this for use on your campus.
The 15th Annual VIVA ILL Community Forum will held at Sweet Briar College on July 12, 2013. More information is available here.
The increase in purchasing e-books in VIVA has brought the need for more conversation among the member libraries about cataloging issues and best practices. We have created a new VIVA Cataloging Listserv, VIVA-CAT-L, that we hope will be useful to you, especially as we move into the Demand Driven Acquisitions e-book program.
If you would like to be on this listserv, please let me (email@example.com) know and I will add you.
The Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) now offers two premier collections of e-books in STEM-H – Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Health – fields from Elsevier and Springer.
SciVerse Science Direct eBooks from Elsevier and four subject-based e-book collections from Springer will provide VIVA libraries with extensive new resources to support government, business, and educational leaders in their efforts to increase the number of college graduates in STEM-H related fields.
Further information on each product is available on their respective product pages:
The full announcement can be found here: