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.

SAVE THE DATE! Registration for the Biannual VIVA Collections Forum Now Open!

January 30, 2017 on 11:57 am | In Collections, General, vivalib_announcements | No Comments

Registration for the VIVA 2017 Collections Forum is now open! This year’s Forum will be held at VCU’s James Branch Cabell  Library, May 19th, 2017. The Forum Committee has put together an exciting agenda for this year’s program.  To register, please go here: . Registration will close April 18th! The agenda, schedules, lodging, and detailed travel information can be found here: .

Forum Notes:

  • If you are traveling overnight, rooms have been reserved at the Hilton Richmond Downtown. You will need to make your reservations by April 18th, after that the VIVA block will be released. Please see the Collections Forum information page for detailed booking instructions and VIVA pre-approval paperwork.
  • As a reminder VIVA travel guidelines state that VIVA can only reimburse overnight stays for those coming from more than 2 ½ hours away. You are welcome to avail yourself of the group rate however, regardless of travel distance. If not covered by VIVA travel we recommend checking with your local institution to see if they will reimburse an overnight stay.
  • Don’t forget, mark your lunch choices on the registration survey! This will determine the number of lunches provided, and will help us to accommodate anyone with dietary restrictions.
  • If you have any travel related questions, please contact Cutrice Harris, VIVA Budget Manager.

Mergent Analytics Module

August 23, 2016 on 1:38 pm | In Collections, General, vivalib_announcements | No Comments

Mergent will soon be adding a new module, Mergent Analytics, to VIVA’s shared subscription to Mergent Online, Horizon, Intellect, and Investext Snapshot. Mergent Analytics allows the user to chart and graph numerous equity analytics, such as Activity Ratios, Business Segment Data, Leverage & Coverage, Price & Return, Profitability and Revenue & EPS.

This database will automatically appear as a new tab within Mergent Online. You may want to highlight this resource in your database list or resource guides.

Save the date! VIVA Collections Analysis Webinar – September 8th

August 8, 2016 on 1:25 pm | In Collections, General, Tech Services, vivalib_announcements | No Comments

Please join the Monographic Collections Analysis Task Force on September 8th, 2016, at 10:30 am for a Collections Analysis webinar. The webinar will provide a brief overview of the work of the group to date, collections tools available to VIVA members, how to get involved, and a quick overview of future steps. For those that can’t make it, the webinar will be recorded and posted online.

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.

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.

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.

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