Changes to VIVA Wiley agreement

Mason researchers have access to a large number of journals published by Wiley, thanks to an on-going contract between Wiley and the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA).  However, given current budget cuts across the state, recently VIVA has had to renegotiate this contract. To maintain this important journal access and yet still reach a viable price point, one component of the earlier contract has been dropped: financial support for authors publishing in fully-open journals. 

Fortunately, at Mason we are still able to offer our Open Access Publishing Fund as a way to support Open Access (OA) publishing by university researchers and offset potential publishing costs. To review the eligibility criteria and to apply for funding, please visit our OA Publishing Fund site.

To learn more about the cost of academic journal subscriptions, please visit our Sustainable Collections site.

Announcing VIVA Open Adopt Grants

VIVA is pleased to announce a new grant initiative, VIVA Open Adopt Grants. VIVA Open Adopt Grants provide awards of $2,000 to individual instructors to support the time it takes to integrate existing open or no-cost materials into a syllabus, and to ensure that the results of those efforts are widely available to Virginia educators.

Though united in purpose with VIVA’s Open Course Grant program, VIVA Open Adopt Grants have a simplified application process, a pre-determined award amount, and will be awarded to individual faculty members hoping to adopt an already existing resource.  Team and departmental adoptions, as well as projects seeking to adapt or create new Open Educational Resources, should apply for the larger scale VIVA Open Course grants, the next round of which will be announced in December 2020. The VIVA Open Adopt Grant RFP and application can be found on the VIVA website. Applications are due October 19, 2020. 

Informational webinars will be held on the below dates. Registration is required. More information is available on VIVA’s website.

Questions can be sent to vivaopen@gmu.edu.

VIVA Course Redesign Grants: Call for Proposals

Request for Proposals for the next round of VIVA Course Redesign Grants is officially open! Applications are due February 28, 2020, and award notification will take place on May 15, 2020.

VIVA Course Redesign Grants are designed to empower Virginia faculty with the resources and time they need to redesign courses by swapping out commercial textbooks and other expensive course materials for open, no cost, or library options.

Awards will be made from $1,000-$30,000 to assist faculty members at any VIVA institution in transitioning to course materials available at no cost to students. Full or part-time faculty may apply. Proposals may involve one person or teams that include: teaching faculty, librarians, instructional designers, subject matter experts, editors, graphic designers, or others as needed.

More information, including the full Request for Proposals and application instructions, are available at http://vivalib.org/courseredesign.