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Access to Extensive STEM-H E-Book Collections
Now Available through VIVA Institutions

The Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA)
New for Spring Semester 2013

The Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) now offers two premier collections of e-books in STEM-H – Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Health – fields from Elsevier and Springer.

SciVerse Science Direct eBooks from Elsevier and four subject-based e-book collections from Springer will provide VIVA libraries with extensive new resources to support government, business, and educational leaders in their efforts to increase the number of college graduates in STEM-H related fields.

Spanning 22 subject collections within the science and technology disciplines and key health sciences disciplines, SciVerse ScienceDirect eBooks includes nearly 700 titles from Elsevier’s most current 2013 collection. Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services. These e-book collections will complement the rich holdings of Elsevier e-journals already available in VIVA libraries.

Four large subject-based e-book collections from Springer, a leading global scientific publisher that provides researchers in academia, scientific institutions, and corporate R&D departments with quality content via innovative information products and services, will add over 2,000 titles published in 2013 to VIVA’s collection. These four subjects –Behavioral Science, Biomedical and Life Science, Computer Science, and Earth and Environmental Science – will provide solid support to STEM-H curricula across the Commonwealth. Students and faculty will be able to easily find these titles in their university’s library catalog.

Both the Elsevier and Springer current e-book collections will be available to all public institutions in VIVA, and the private institutions opted to acquire the Springer Behavioral Science collection. Several public and private VIVA institutions also opted to purchase additional subject packages from Elsevier and Springer under the VIVA contracts. By purchasing these collections together, VIVA and its member institutions were able to deliver exceptional value by paying less than one third of the normal purchase price. The availability of these important new e-book collections will allow VIVA members to cancel their print orders for books covered in these collections, reducing duplication of resources and expenses.

The addition of these collections was made possible through the generous support of Governor Bob McDonnell, Secretary of Education Laura Fornash, the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia, and funding appropriated by the General Assembly.

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VIVA is the consortium of the libraries of 74 nonprofit higher education institutions in Virginia, including 39 state-assisted colleges and universities within the Commonwealth of Virginia, 34 independent private, nonprofit institutions, and The Library of Virginia. 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 nonprofit higher education community. VIVA is funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia through the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and by investments from participating institutions.

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For additional information contact:

Katherine A. Perry
VIVA Director
George Mason University, MS 1D1
Arlington Campus Library
3351 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201
Tel: 703-993-4654




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