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VIVA: Call for Applications: VIVA Curriculum Driven Acquisitions (CDA) Program

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Call for Applications: VIVA Curriculum Driven Acquisitions (CDA) Program

VIVA is announcing a call for applications for the 2022-2023 VIVA Curriculum Driven Acquisitions Program. The program will support ebook purchases of bookstore course content available through the VIVA Faculty Textbook Portal and GOBI for up to seven institutions representing VIVA public institution types (doctoral, 4-year, 2-year). Any ebooks purchased through this program will be perpetual access, unlimited usage, and DRM-free or DRM-light. VIVA will support ebook purchases for both the fall 2022 and spring 2023 semesters. All VIVA public institutions are invited to apply, and preference is given to institutions based on student need for financial assistance, as informed by the SCHEV Report “VA Resident Undergraduates with Need, Various Demographic Distributions.” 

Note that collaboration with the bookstore is important to the success of the program. It is advisable to reach out to the bookstore about the program, your intent to participate, and their willingness to share the lists. 

What to expect (workflow and turnaround times):

  1. The bookstore list is sent to VIVA at least three weeks before the start of classes.
  2. VIVA will match the bookstore lists against DRM-free and DRM-light Unlimited User (UU) ebooks for purchase and the VIVA shared ebook collections. The approximate turnaround time for processing the lists is a week.
  3. The list of matched titles is returned to the participating institution to verify against their holdings to eliminate duplication. The requested turnaround time to return verified lists to VIVA is three business days.
  4. Titles not already held in perpetual access DRM-free/light UU ebook format are purchased on behalf of the participating institution. The license is through EBSCO via the Faculty Textbook Portal, VIVA’s shared license to Taylor & Francis that has been extended to GOBI purchases, or local ebook licenses available to individual institutions, but all purchases will be made using VIVA Central Funds.  Access model upgrades may also be possible through select e-suppliers.
  5. Proxied links to the ebooks are shared with the liaison librarian assigned to the program as soon as they are available from the vendor. Once the links are shared with the liaison librarian they may be shared directly with faculty, and holdings may be updated in the library catalog based on the vendor’s guidelines. The liaison is advised to update the bookstore about the acquisitions. Some bookstores indicate that the titles are also available through the library.


In an effort to assess the success of the program, VIVA requires participating institutions to gather and submit CDA adoptions data to VIVA. Each institution’s liaison is expected to review the spreadsheet with the purchased and shared ebook titles, and gather and submit data points associated with the ebooks including the instructor’s name, discipline, course name, estimated enrollment, etc. VIVA uses this data to estimate student cost avoidance and evaluate how the program is serving individual disciplines. The data is shared back with participating institutions.

Application process:

Library directors may submit their request for participation through the 2022-2023 VIVA Curriculum Driven Acquisitions (CDA) Program Form by June 3, 2022. Selected institutions will be notified by June 17, 2022.