by Sara Baron, Ed.D., Dean of the University Library
The Virtual library of Virginia (VIVA) is a consortium of nonprofit academic libraries in Virginia. Its mission is “to provide, in an equitable, cooperative and cost effective manner, enhanced access to library and information resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s nonprofit academic libraries serving the higher education community.”1
VIVA benefits Virginia because “students and faculty at institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth have access to digital and print journals, books, reference sources, and databases that are essential for educational success and research enterprise.”2 That includes students and faculty here at Regent University! Through the VIVA consortium, the University Library has been able to license numerous scholarly databases that would have been cost prohibitive otherwise. Furthermore, a vibrant interlibrary loan community among Virginia libraries allows us to share resources back and forth among institutions, making even more available to students and faculty.
Founded 20 years ago, VIVA is celebrating its history and future with a new brochure that outlines services, explains how cost-effective the consortium is, and lists member institutions. Get your copy from the Circulation desk today!