Sweet Briar hosts Interlibrary Loan Forum

| July 12, 2013

Sweet Briar College will host the 15th Annual VIVA Interlibrary Loan Community Forum Friday, July 12 at the Florence Elston Inn Conference Center on campus. About 116 academic librarians and administrators from around the state are expected to attend.

VIVA — the Virtual Library of Virginia — is a consortium of nonprofit academic libraries serving colleges and universities in the commonwealth, including 33 private nonprofit institution members. VIVA’s goals include enhancing electronic resource sharing, facilitating interlibrary loans, coordinating collection development among members and providing educational and training opportunities. VIVA puts every Virginia college student on equal footing when it comes to library access.

The annual forum is an important resource in an ever-changing discipline. It’s a way for librarians to stay current and a place to come together to exchange ideas, experiences and best practices.

During the daylong conference, various sessions will cover updates to industry software such as WorldShare and Knowledge Base, panel discussions on interlibrary loan etiquette and best practices, E-books, and ILL and collection development. Presenters represent all corners of the state, from Appalachian School of Law in Grundy to George Mason University in Fairfax.

Sweet Briar interlibrary loan and reference librarian Joe Malloy will again kick off the meeting, which has been hosted by the College for the past several years. Malloy, who serves on the VIVA-ILL Subcommittee, has helped organize the forum since it was created.

For questions, contact Malloy at ljmalloy@sbc.edu.

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