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CIAO International Affairs Database

The Virtual Library of Virginia
For Immediate Release: Fairfax, Virginia 9/29/1999


Timely and cutting-edge publications in the field of international affairs are the latest resources acquired by VIVA, Virginia’s virtual library project, for use by students and faculty of the Commonwealth’s publicly supported academic institutions. Libraries at private institutions affiliated with VIVA may opt to participate in the CIAO contract by contributing their own funds.¬† These materials include working papers from university research institutes, conference proceedings, policy briefs, foundation research projects, journal articles, and even entire books.

VIVA’s subscription to Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO), provides broad access to these documents, as some of them, such as conference proceedings and working papers, are usually difficult to locate and obtain. "This is an area that VIVA has wanted to support for some time: obtaining materials to support undergraduate and graduate research needs. We believe that in CIAO we have found the best resource available," according to VIVA Steering Committee Chairman Roy Strohl.

CIAO is designed to be the most comprehensive source for research and study in international affairs. Several years of document backfiles are available online and the various sections of CIAO are all updated on a regular basis and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for unlimited access. As Lincoln Ellis, project editor for CIAO, told The New York Times when the service was inaugurated: "International affairs is an area where there are all sorts of things happening, and speed and timeliness of information are key elements in decision-making, both for policy decisions and investment decisions."

VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia, is the consortium of the libraries of the 39 state-assisted colleges and universities (at 52 campuses) within the Commonwealth of Virginia. In addition, 32 independent (private, non-profit) institutions and The Library of Virginia participate where possible. VIVA’s mission is to provide, in an equitable, cooperative, and cost-effective manner, enhanced access to library and information resources for Virginia’s academic libraries serving the higher education community. VIVA is sponsored by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).


For additional information contact:
Katherine A. Perry
VIVA Director
B222 Fenwick Library
George Mason University
Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4444
Tel: (703) 993-4652


VIVA is funded by the Virginia General Assembly and the VIVA member institutions, and is sponsored by the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV).