VIVA: Virginia Research Libraries
George Mason University
James Madison University
Old Dominion University
University of Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University
William & Mary
The Virginia Research Libraries Group is a forum for library leaders at the public doctoral institutions within VIVA to share information and develop aligned approaches to the challenges and opportunities unique to research-intensive institutions. Areas of particular interest to the group include fostering increased equity and diversity in research collections and supporting more open, efficient, sustainable, and equitable systems of scholarly communication.
Sustainable scholarship is a priority for Virginia Research Library (VRL) group. Affordable and equitable access matters. Throughout all VRL initiatives and collaborative negotiations, this is top of mind for the group’s library deans.
The group aims to make data-driven decisions when collaboratively researching and planning ways to provide resources that faculty, students and communities need to do their work, learn and create new knowledge. Member libraries examine years of data on where faculty publish, what journals they cite, and what journals they are cited in as well as considering article downloads and the use of journals in teaching. The group members also solicit and receive input from their universities’ journal users.
VRL members bring all of this information forward to work together in providing the most equitable, affordable and sustainable ways to acquire and access informational resources.
VRL members are dedicated to communicating their commitment to this goal through web pages dedicated to sustainable scholarship:
Elsevier contract negotiation
Virginia Research Libraries group collaboratively negotiated a contract with Elsevier. This is part of a longer-term effort to realign investments in favor of tools and resources that are more equitable, affordable, and sustainable.
During the preparation for and commencement of negotiations with Elsevier, VRL libraries worked collaboratively in data collection, alternative access processes and research, and communications to ensure their universities were informed and served during and after negotiations. As a part of this, member library deans and directors held an informational Sustainable Scholarship Forum. Working as a group, they discussed the unsustainable cost of accessing Elsevier’s academic journals and options to make their public universities’ research more accessible to the public that paid for it. Group members also created a summary of facts for their institutions’ leaders to keep them informed.