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!

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).

Agenda set for Vendor Fair regarding VIVA’s DDA for ebooks.

November 2, 2012 on 3:09 pm | In Collections, ill, Press Releases, Tech Services, Training | No Comments

The agenda has been set for VIVA’s Vendor Fair coming up on November 13th at VCU.  Registration is required and open, so please do so HERE if interested.   Details are also available on VENDOR FAIR page on the viva website.

Vendor Demo Day for the Demand Driven Acquisitions RFP
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Virginia Room C/D of the University Student Commons Building
Virginia Commonwealth University
907 Floyd Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23284


8:30 AM: Coffee
9:00 AM: Welcome and Introductions
9:15 AM: YBP (40 minutes for presentation, 30 minutes for Q&A)
10:25 AM: Break
10:40 AM: Ingram/Coutts (40 minutes for presentation, 30 minutes for Q&A)
11:50 – 12:35 Lunch
12:35 PM EBSCO (40 minutes for presentation, 30 minutes for Q&A)
1:45 PM Break
2:00 PM EBL (40 minutes for presentation, 30 minutes for Q&A)
3:10 PM Break
3:20 PM Wrap-Up

New ProQuest Migration & blackout date for legacy platform

May 22, 2012 on 9:36 am | In General, Training | No Comments

Many of you have already moved to the new ProQuest platform, but for those who haven’t yet — the time is coming SOON. From our standpoint, the ideal time frame is July 1- 7, 2012 (no later than July 15) so that all stats will appear on the new platform for FY13.

IMPORTANT: The old platform will not be available after August 21, 2012.

Here is some info that might help:

VIVA ILL Forum Date Announced

December 21, 2011 on 10:21 am | In General, ill, Training | No Comments

Please mark your calendars – the VIVA ILL Forum is scheduled for Friday, July 13, 2012, at Sweet Briar College.

APA Train the Trainer Sessions

July 12, 2010 on 4:40 pm | In Training | No Comments

Join the VIVA Resources for Users Committee and the American Psychological Association for a “train the trainers” session on the APAnet platform. APA is VIVA’s new provider for PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, and PsycBOOKS.

Regional training sessions for VIVA librarians will be held in Roanoke, Richmond, Virginia Beach, and Fairfax. We encourage attendees to register for the closest session. VIVA will reimburse mileage only for travelers from both public and private institutions.

Information about the training sessions, including the registration form, is available here:

Additional information will be added as it becomes available.

VIVA Statistics Workshop

December 14, 2009 on 12:01 pm | In Collections, General, Training | No Comments

VIVA Resources for Users Committee is pleased to announce that the
VIVA Stats Workshop will be held on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, in the
auditorium of the Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library
at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Details and registration information:

Mergent Horizon Training (Online), March 4 & 5, 2009

February 24, 2009 on 1:59 pm | In Collections, Training | No Comments

Online training for Mergent Horizon will be held on March 4 & 5, 2009. Complete information is available here:

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