VIVA 2013 Spring Update

The VIVA Resources for Users Committee has approved renewals for several ProQuest databases including  Agricola, Factiva, and Sociological Abstracts among others.  A renewal was also approved for CINAHL on Ebsco.  The committee also discussed the results of the RFP that was done this spring for the MLA database.  One vendor emerged as a clear winner and we hope to be able to publicly share the recommended choice in the very near future so stay tuned.

The VIVA DDA project is moving into the implementation phase and libraries now have records they can load.  These titles are in STEM disciplines and supplement the ebook collections VIVA recently purchased from Springer and Elsevier.

The committee also reviewed some potential new opportunities including ebooks from the American Society of Microbiology, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, and LibGuides.  At this time the only one recommended to move forward as a VIVA product was to pursue a single statewide license for JSTOR.  This will result in some cost savings on annual fees.

Two VIVA databases will be going away when the current contract runs out at the end of June.  These are Bowker’s Books in Print and Gale’s Contemporary Women’s Issues.  Usage of these did not warrant their continuation by VIVA and we currently have no plans to try to pick them up locally.

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