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VIVA acquires access to Safari Tech Books Online

The Virtual Library of Virginia

For Immediate Release (September 15, 2008)

VIVA is excited to announce immediate access to Safari Tech Books Online, a new collection of electronic books covering information technology. As with other VIVA resources, Safari Tech Books are now available at all 39 Virginia public colleges and universities and to the VIVA private non-profit institutions choosing to subscribe under the advantageous VIVA contract terms. Currently with over 5,600 book titles, and more titles added each month, this database provides essential reference works, including software manuals on certification, programming, web development, desk-top publishing, and software engineering. The collection includes works from 20 reputable publishers in the IT field including O’Reilly, Cisco, Sam, QUE, Adobe, PeachPit Press, and Microsoft, to name a few.

Users can easily search, browse and read Safari Tech e-Books just as they would books in print. All charts, graphs and images appear just as originally published. Table of contents and chapter links allow easy page browsing. The powerful search engine enables users to quickly find precise terms and subjects with advanced search capabilities. Using this resource, searchers can pinpoint the exact chapter and paragraph in several different books with a variety of explanations and solutions at the point of need. While most users are not interested in reading whole books online, the subject matter of this database lends itself to ready reference where a chapter or a paragraph is all that is needed.

The Safari collection will be a valuable reference resource for programmers, IT professionals, and computer science students at VIVA institutions. University faculty and instructors also will find that many of the books in the Safari Tech Books collection can act effectively as course textbooks, particularly in the classes for 2nd year and higher, reducing the burden of textbook costs for students.

VIVA is a consortium of the libraries of 73 non-profit research or higher education institutions in Virginia, including 39 state-assisted colleges and universities at 55 campuses within the Commonwealth of Virginia, 33 independent private, non-profit 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 non-profit 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
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).