Innovation Award recognizes VIVA’s Whole Ebook Lending Initiative!

July 6, 2017 on 10:49 am | In Collections, ill, Press Releases, Tech Services, vivalib_announcements | No Comments

At the 2017 American Library Association’s Annual Conference, VIVA was honored to receive the Rethinking Resource Sharing’s Innovation Award for our Whole Ebook Interlibrary Lending Initiative! Carrie Cooper, VIVA Steering Committee Chair and Dean of Libraries at the College of William and Mary, accepted the award on behalf of the consortium. This award comes with a $500 stipend and honors individuals or institutions that improve access to information through innovative approaches to resource sharing. You can read the full press release here.

As background, the Whole Ebook ILL Initiative began in the fall of 2016, when VIVA negotiated and later signed ebook contracts with Brill, Oxford University Press, Taylor & Francis, and Wiley that held lending rights for whole ebooks. Libraries have been advocating for these rights ever since ebooks came on the scene, but they have been difficult to obtain. They are critical to the ways libraries build and share their collections in the 21st century, particularly in light of the many deeply collaborative, shared institutional collections projects. For each publisher, our libraries are allowed to either send whole ebooks downloaded from the platforms or create single/merged pdfs from individual chapter pdfs and lend them to other libraries.  Gaining the right to lend was only the first step, however. A Resource Sharing Committee task force then developed best practices and guidelines for the lending of these ebooks, which included publisher and platform-specific recommendations.

This initiative and this award would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of VIVA members. In particular VIVA would like to thank the individuals who served on the RFP for Ebook Collections Committee that gained these lending rights (Madeline Kelly, Chair, GMU; Mike Cobb, Liberty; Amanda Echterling, VCU; Maria Fesz, NVCC; Genya O’Gara, VIVA; Anne Osterman, VIVA; Carolyn Schubert, JMU; and LeeAnne Beatty Smith, JMU Procurement) and the group that developed the best practices for whole ebook lending (Laura Ramos, Chair, GMU; Jacqueline Carrell, PVCC; Elizabeth Teaff, W&L; Shirley Thomas, VCU; and Genya O’Gara, VIVA).  VIVA would also like to thank the vendor partners, Brill, Oxford University Press, Taylor & Francis, and Wiley, for both recognizing how important these lending rights are to libraries and for their willingness to partner to help us realize them.

NEW VIVA Featured Members! Hollins University: an interview with Luke Vilelle, University Librarian

February 13, 2017 on 5:02 pm | In Press Releases, vivalib_announcements | No Comments

The VIVA Outreach Committee has recently launched a Featured Member Library initiative. This initiative showcases member’s library spaces, services, and users. Check out the first in this series,  Hollins University!

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!

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!

New Products for Spring 2013 – Elsevier & Springer STEM-H E-Book Collections

March 4, 2013 on 12:43 pm | In General, Press Releases, vivalib_announcements | No Comments

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:

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

Press Releases for New Products Available for Local Distribution

September 14, 2011 on 5:26 pm | In General, Press Releases | No Comments

Press releases for recently available products are now available on the VIVA site. Dissertations and Theses–Full Text, Contemporary Women’s Issues and the American History in Video Collection press releases are available in PDF, RTF and HTML. Customize the text by including your own quotes, add your URL, etc, and distribute the press releases to your campus newspaper, faculty, students, staff and anywhere else the communities you serve acquire information.

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