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VIVA: COVID-19 Resources

Virginia's Academic Library Consortium

This guide has variable layouts and houses the majority of the "sub" pages for VIVA's website.

COVID-19: Additional Electronic Resources Provided by Vendors

Many publishers and vendors have responded to the public health emergency caused by COVID-19 by opening access to content.  Here are resources that may be useful to you. You also might find these Resources on Copyright & Emergency Remote Teaching & Research or the webinar series Resilient Digital Materials for Teaching and Learning: Copyright and Open Education Strategies helpful.

General:

-An ICOLC-maintained list of what information service providers, including textbook publishers, are doing to address this global crisis:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pFSA-yEDixl5ZKtQmEUOuW_vdDFLdzDbhjP5Cjrkajo/edit#gid=0.

-An OCLC-provided list of available complimentary resources provided by vendors, including help for e-resource management.

-Vendor Love in the Time of COVID-19 (aka Vendor COVID-19 Related Donations and Pro Bono Access). This is a UIPO (and allies) community-sourced list of video and other licensed content that library vendors are making available on free or modified terms during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

-For the current list of COVID-19 content being made available on Ex Libris products, as well other useful resources, see the following Knowledge Center articles for Alma, SFX, 360KB, Primo (CDI/PCI) and Summon. There are also Best Practices for the Ex Libris Community During COVID-19.

Video:

-JoVE STEM Education Video Library (core concepts in biology and social psychology; video demonstrations in eight STEM fields; introductory biology lab courses), available through June 15th: Form to request access.

-SAGE Video and SAGE Research Methods Video: Form to request access.

-Libraries that have existing Artfilms DVD they need to stream can contact Artfilms directly with an email request and where possible they will provide access at no charge.

-Docuseek has worked out an arrangement with its distribution partners, Bullfrog Films and Icarus Films, to make any of their titles on Docuseek available for educational streaming, at no charge, as long as the school has a legally-acquired copy of the title (any format), through June 30. If there are Docuseek titles from other distributors (e.g. Kartemquin, First Run, National Film Board) that you have a hard copy of and your faculty want to use in remote teaching during this period, let Docuseek know via email.

-The National Theatre in London will begin broadcasting a play every Thursday on its National Theatre Live YouTube channel, starting April 2 at 2 p.m. Eastern. The videos will be available to stream a week after they launch.

-DER Documentary Educational Resources:  between March 25 - June 1, 2020, DER is offering unlimited streaming access to a curated selection of free films – a mix of new releases and classic titles from their collection. Use the promo code: WFH2020.

-VideoLibs's Special Streaming Offers During COVID19 Cheat Sheet: A sheet of streaming offers during COVID19 compiled by the American Library Association Film & Media Round Table.

Vendor-Specific:

-EBSCO is offering VIVA members, through June 2020, a temporary upgrade to Academic Search Ultimate and Business Source Ultimate, and complimentary access to the EBSCO eBooks Academic Subscription Collection.  Libraries can add these resources to their knowledge bases for access.  If you would like direct URLs, you can create them from EBSCOadmin or request them from EBSCO tech support (support@ebsco.com).  EBSCO is also partnering with publishers to offer free upgrades and discounted pricing for UU access e-book models: https://more.ebsco.com/eBooks-Upgraded-Access-2020.html, and additional offerings are available here.

-Infobase (provider of Films on Demand) is offering VIVA members free access to American History, Ferguson's Career Guidance Center, Bloom's Literature, Writer's Reference Center, World News Digest, Issues & Controversies, and Today's Science through 6/15/20. All products are available here: http://online.infobaselearning.com/Direct.aspx?aid=280528&pid=WE00. Please contact viva@gmu.edu for the username and password.

-Project MUSE has partnered with the community of not-for-profit scholarly presses providing journals and books on their platform to offer significant amounts of that content for free. More details on the content and the full list of participating publishers are available at https://about.muse.jhu.edu/resources/freeresourcescovid19/. To assist libraries with making the temporarily-free books and journals easily discoverable by users, Project MUSE has created collections and associated metadata files for the content, and shared this information with the major discovery system knowledge bases. Content that is freely available on the Project MUSE platform during the COVID-19 crisis will display a distinctive "Free" icon.

-ProQuest has partnered with more than 150 publishers to support libraries in providing complimentary unlimited access to Ebook Central holdings: https://www.proquest.com/blog/pqblog/2020/Coronavirus-Impacted-Libraries-Get-Unlimited-Access-to-Ebook-Central.html.

-SAGE is offering VIVA members 90-day access to SAGE Video, SAGE Research Methods Video, and SAGE Knowledge Books & Reference.  Please fill out this form: https://sagevideo.sagepub.com/support/tickets/new to receive institution-wide access. 

-Springer Nature is offering over 400 free textbooks through July. The direct link to this collection is https://link.springer.com/search/page/2?facet-content-type=%22Book%22&package=mat-covid19_textbooks&facet-language=%22En%22&sortOrder=newestFirst&showAll=true.

-Wolters Kluwer is offering complimentary access through May 2020 to a selection of products designed to help faculty and students with the challenges of online learning: LWW Health Library (including Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, Advanced Practice Nursing, Premium Basic Sciences, Clerkship, Board Review Series, Internal Medicine, Physician Assistant, Exercise Science, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Premium Pharmacy), Firecracker and Firecracker PA, Acland’s Atlas of Human Anatomy, Bates’ Visual Guide, and 5 Minute Clinical Consult. To receive the complimentary access, visit http://tools.ovid.com/remotelearning/ and complete a brief request form.