The Collections Committee investigates products, recommends licensing or renewal, and maintains vendor contacts for VIVA electronic databases and journals.
VIVA offers training opportunities for staff at member institutions. In addition, VIVA sponsors the annual ILL Community Forum each July, and convenes a Users' Group Meeting at the annual VLA conference.
Business Source Complete and Regional News (April 11): This webex training recording will expire 6 months from the date of the webinar. Learning about the content in EBSCO Business Searching Resources makes answering business-related reference questions all the easier. Join this session to learn about these powerful resources in Business Source Complete including company profiles and SWOT analysis, industry profiles, video and using journal alerts, search alert functionality and much more! The webinar is available here.
EBSCOhost for Powerful Research (March 11): This webex training recording will expire 6 months from the date of the webinar. This one-hour session, led by Pamela Erickson, shows how to search in EBSCOhost using a variety of databases. Setting up journal alerts and search alerts is discussed as well as techniques for advanced searching using search history and field codes. Persistent links, cited references and subject searching is also be discussed. The webinar is available here.
SocINDEX with Full Text and Political Science Complete (February 3): This webex training recording will expire 6 months from the date of the webinar. This is an Ebsco training led by Pamela Erickson to provide an introduction and overview of the VIVA products SocIndex with Full Text and Political Science Complete. The webinar is available here.
EconLit with Full Text (January 21): This webex training recording will expire 6 months from the date of the webinar. This is an Ebsco training led by Pamela Erickson to provide an introduction and overview of the VIVA product Econ Lit with Full Text. The webinar is available here.
Alternative Sources to Proquest Congressional Training (August 4): Jenn Huck and Barbie Selby from the University of Virginia Library presented a training webinar to the VIVA Collections Committee on alternate sources to use with the cancellation of Proquest Congressional by VIVA. Included was an overview of Proquest Congressional, what is still freely available, alternative sources, and Virginia's federal depository libraries. Presenation slides are available here.
WorldCat Discovery Training (July 23 and 24): OCLC representative Suzanne Butte and VIVA staff member Anne Osterman provided an introduction to OCLC's transition from FirstSearch to WorldCat Discovery. Topics included features of the new WorldCat Discovery system, a live demonstration of the system, and VIVA resources that support the transition. Link to a recording, the OCLC presentation slides, and the VIVA presentation slides.
E-Book Cataloging Training (January 30): VIVA members Natalie Clewell (NVCC), Mark Lane (JMU), Kim Edwards (GMU), and Cheri Duncan (JMU) provided training on cataloging e-books. Topics included ordering and receiving records from OCLC collection sets, using the WorldCat knowledge base to obtain records, batch-editing records using MarcEDIT, and loading records with a focus on the Millennium ILS. Link to the recording and the presentation slides.
ProQuest Science Full Text Content and new LION Platform Training (November 25 & 26, December 2, 3, 4, 9 & 10, January 8, 9, & 10, 2014): ProQuest trainer Beth Reiten provided online training for the new VIVA products ebrary Physical Sciences, ProQuest Agricultural Science Collection, ProQuest Aquatic Science Collection, ProQuest Atmospheric Science Collection, ProQuest Biological Science Collection, ProQuest Computer Science Collection, ProQuest Environmental Science Collection, and ProQuest Materials Science Collection. She also provided sessions about the new platform for Literature Online (LION).
ProQuest Literature Resources Training (July 31, August 1, 5, 6, 14 & 16): ProQuest trainer Beth Reiten provided online training for the new VIVA databases Literature Online (LION) and MLA International Bibliography. LION is a fully integrated service that combines the texts from works of literature with resources of criticism and reference. MLA International Bibliography is a leading bibliography of books, articles, dissertations, and websites on modern languages and literatures, linguistics, folklore, and other related topics.
Multi-Vendor Training Fair (March 12, 13, and 14, 2013): Springer, Elsevier, Mergent and EBL, in partnership with the VIVA Resources for Users Committee, held training sessions for their respective products. Regional training sessions for VIVA librarians were held in Arlington (George Mason University - Arlington Campus), Richmond (University of Richmond), and Radford (Radford University). Link to the attendees list.
APAnet Training (July 27 - 29, and August 4, 2010): The VIVA Resources for Users Committee and the American Psychological Association partnered together for a "train the trainers" session on the APAnet platform. APA is VIVA's provider for PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, and PsycBOOKS. Regional training sessions for VIVA librarians were held in Roanoke (Hollins University), Richmond (University of Richmond), Virginia Beach (Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach Campus), and Fairfax (George Mason University). Link to the attendees list.
VIVA Statistics Workshop (February 2, 2010): The VIVA Stats Workshop was held in the auditorium of the Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. The workshop went from 10 am – 3 pm. In the morning, Jim Self, Director of Management Information Services at the UVA Library, presented an overview of statistical concepts, terminology, and applications. In the afternoon, Tansy Matthews, VIVA Associate Director, led a hands-on BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop) session examining methods of preparing use data (this presentation is restricted to VIVA members) for long-term storage to allow for the reporting of usage over extended periods of time. Ways to "batch process" COUNTER compliant use data using Excel and how non-COUNTER formats can be included in the compiled data were discussed.
Mergent Horizon Training (March 4 & 5, 2009): VIVA's Resources for Users Committee and Michael Strauss of Mergent partnered together to provide online training on Mergent Horizon. Mergent Horizon provides users with seamless capabilities for finding, filtering and organizing information about companies and industries. Comprehensive coverage is provided for all companies that are actively traded on the NYSE, AMEX and NASDAQ--over 6,200 in total, with enhanced product-level detail for 3,700 companies in the Healthcare, Technology, Media and Finance sectors. Handouts: Quick Tips | Quick User Guide
Mergent Online Training (November 10 & 13/December 1, 2008): The VIVA Resources for Users Committee and Mergent partnered together to provide training sessions on the Mergent Online and Mergent Horizon Business databases. Mergent Online is the authoritative source for information on over 10,000 US companies listed on the NYSE, AMEX and NASDAQ exchanges, 20,000 non-US companies representing 95% of the non-US global market capitalization, 8,000 inactive companies which have been merged, acquired etc., and over 1 million privately held companies. Mergent Online includes financial information, annual reports, executive biographies, and historical information outlining merger and acquisition activity and extensive bankruptcy and reorganization details. Mergent Horizon is a detailed industrial classification system that maps companies to their core lines of business and captures relationship exposure to their suppliers, partners, customers and competitors. By classifying companies according to their products and services, Mergent Horizon allows for true comparables by providing information that helps students understand a company and its competitive position in the marketplace. Hands-on workshops for VIVA librarians were held in Harrisonburg (James Madison University), Radford (Radford University), Williamsburg (College of William & Mary), and Alexandria (Northern Virginia Community College - Alexandria Campus). Link to the attendees list.
Shibboleth InstallFest (November 12, 2008): VIVA has licensed close to 500 full length documentary video programs from PBS, all of which are now available via a centrally hosted streaming service. In order to take advantage of the streaming service, VIVA institutions needed to join the InCommon Federation and install the Shibboleth software on the network at their home campuses. The purpose of the InstallFest was 1) to provide technical assistance for schools who are prepared to launch the centrally hosted video streaming service on their campuses and 2) to assist VIVA members in determining what they need to do to gain access to the streaming videos on their campuses. The event was held in the Alumni Board Room at the University of Virginia. Presentation: InstallFest Parallel Session. Link to the attendees list.
EBSCO Training (July 9, 10, 14, 15 & 24, 2008): The VIVA Resources for Users Committee and EBSCO partnered together for a summer training session. Ten hands-on workshops for VIVA librarians were held at five locations around the state: Portsmouth (Tidewater Community College), Petersburg (Virginia State University), Charlottesville (Piedmont Virginia Community College), Radford (Radford University), and Springfield (Northern Virginia Community College - Medical Education Campus). The half-day session was held twice at each location, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Link to the attendees list.