The Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) began in July 1994 as a collaborative effort of public and nonprofit independent academic libraries to support higher education in the Commonwealth. Over the past 10 years VIVA has been a consistently creative force for change, efficiency, and ever-more effective library services and collections for students and faculty. Through aggressive negotiation and innovative partnerships, VIVA has leveraged State and local investments to provide $5 in valuable library collections for every $1 of investment, a total cost avoidance of over $125 million for Virginians. In recognition of its extraordinary achivements, VIVA was honored with the Governor’s Technology Award in September of 2003.
A celebration of VIVA's extraordinary achievements, and the staff who made those achievements possible, was held on September 30, 2004 in historic Williamsburg, Virginia. Here are some highlights of that celebration.
Alberico, Ralph. "The Virtual Library of Virginia, 1994-2004." (Williamsburg, Va. : October 28, 2004)
A presentation by the chair of the VIVA Steering Committee about the history and achievements of VIVA.
VIVA's Interlibrary Loan in the First Ten Years
Harry Kriz, Virginia Tech
Electronic Resources and VIVA: A Virtual History
Jim Self, University of Virginia Libraries
Panel Discussion video featuring the Founders of VIVATen Years of VIVA: A Brochure