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.

Wiley Online Library Content Upgrade

December 12, 2015 on 11:01 am | In Collections, vivalib_announcements | No Comments

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.

IEEE All-Society Periodicals Package (ASPP) upgrades to IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL)

December 10, 2015 on 4:22 pm | In Collections, General, vivalib_announcements | No Comments

All IEEE All-Society Periodicals Package (ASPP) subscribers will be upgraded to IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL) and one Computer Science Digital Library (CSDL) subscriber will be upgraded to ASPP.

Previously, some public institutions subscribed to ASPP and some to IEL. With this upgrade, all public institutions will share IEL. Private institution subscribers are upgraded to the next product level up from their current status if they did not already subscribe to IEL.

The upgrade includes unlimited full text access and downloads, 6 additional journal titles, 1400+ additional conference titles, 2800+ active and selected archival IEEE standards, backfiles to 1872 (for select titles), and over 3,000,000+ full-text documents (an increase from 324,000+). More product information may be found here.

New Institute of Physics (IOP) content!

November 16, 2015 on 5:36 pm | In Collections, vivalib_announcements | No Comments

VIVA has upgraded its current package of IOP journals to the IOPscience package, which includes access to all current IOP journals with the exception of The Astronomical Journal and The Astrophysical Journal; coverage of previous gaps in archival journal content will be filled; and VIVA will gain perpetual access to three e-book packages.

The new journal title list is available by request and there are a number of brand new titles (either new in general or new to IOP), such as Biomedical Physics & Engineering Express, Convergent Science Physical Oncology, Flexible and Printed Electronics, Physics World, Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and Translational Materials Research, that will also be included as they are brought into IOPscience. The two American Astronomical Society journals mentioned above are the only exceptions.

The ebook title lists may be downloaded from the bottom of this page, and VIVA will have access to Releases 1 through 3 as the titles are published.

A review of recent VIVA cancellations and new products

June 9, 2015 on 4:11 pm | In Collections, vivalib_announcements | No Comments

There are a number of significant changes being made to VIVA products this year, and we want to be sure that everyone is aware of the cancellations as well as the new products.

-EconLit via ProQuest will expire on 8/1/15 (this was replaced by EconLit with Full Text via EBSCO)
-PAIS will expire on 8/1/15 (individual institution opt-in pricing is available in the ProQuest Nursing & Social Sciences RFP Opt-In Pricing contract)
-Sociological Abstracts will expire on 8/1/15 (individual institution opt-in pricing is available in the ProQuest Nursing & Social Sciences RFP Opt-In Pricing contract)
-Congressional will expire on 9/30/15 (Stephen Clark at CWM is organizing a group that might acquire this together – contact him at if you are interested)
-Ovid Total Access LWW Collection expires on 8/31/15 (individual institution opt-in pricing is available in the Ovid Nursing & Social Sciences RFP Opt-In Pricing contract)

New Core Products, all from EBSCO and with an official start date of 8/1/15:
-CINAHL Full Text (this will replace VIVA’s base CINAHL subscription)
-EconLit Full Text (this is also a Private Pooled Funds product)
-Political Science Complete
-SocIndex with Full Text

New Supplemental Products, all from EBSCO and with an official start date of 8/1/15:
-Abstracts in Social Gerontology
-Child Development & Adolescent Studies
-Family Studies Abstracts
-National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts
-Peace Research Abstracts
-Public Administration Abstracts
-Race Relations Abstracts
-Urban Studies Abstracts
-Violence & Abuse Abstracts

All of the new products should be available sooner than the official start date – we will let you know when access is live. In the meantime, if you want to preview these resources, they are available on the trials page for the RFP for Nursing and Social Sciences Resources via the EBSCO trial link. Private institution opt-in pricing for the above new products (and more) is available in the EBSCO Nursing & Social Sciences contract.

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!

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