December 2, 2010

Virtual Library of Virginia and the American Psychological Association Sign an Agreement for Delivery of APA Online Resources on APA PsycNET® Platform

New agreement will expand access to psychology literature for Virtual Library of Virginia member institutions

WASHINGTON — The American Psychological Association (APA) is very pleased to announce that it has recently entered into an agreement to deliver APA online resources to member sites of the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA). This new agreement expands access to a wealth of trade ® and scholarly psychology literature previously unavailable to VIVA institutions, and includes access options for various combinations of databases from APA’s full suite of premier resources for the behavioral sciences – PsycINFO®, PsycARTICLES®, PsycBOOKS®, PsycCRITIQUES®, and PsycEXTRA® – all delivered on the APA PsycNET® search platform. In addition to these core databases, VIVA member institutions may also choose to purchase sets of eBooks from APA Books® E-Collections. These full-text collections of APA book titles grouped by copyright year are also available on the APA PsycNET platform.

“The selection of APA speaks volumes about the confidence the VIVA consortium has in APA to deliver excellence in both content and service,” said Gary R. VandenBos, PhD, APA’s Publisher. Dr. VandenBos continued, “APA is very excited to partner with VIVA in providing member libraries throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia with high quality resources and search tools tailored to the discovery of behavioral science content.”

“VIVA members are enthusiastic about APA PsycNET, and VIVA looks forward to its new partnership with the American Psychological Association,” said Sharon Gasser, chair of the VIVA Resources for Users Committee and RFP Committee.

Since the signing of the agreement between APA and VIVA, APA has been facilitating the transition of VIVA member institutions to the APA PsycNET platform by hosting customized training sessions for the participating institutions’ librarians. Ongoing support for both librarians and end-users will continue throughout the subscription period, enabling users to get the most out of the databases and the APA PsycNET platform.

About Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA)

VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia, is a consortium of the libraries of 73 nonprofit institutions of higher education 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 State of Virginia through the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and by investments from participating institutions.

About the American Psychological Association (APA)

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world’s largest association of psychologists. APA’s membership includes more than 152,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare. More information about training and support for APA databases and electronic products can be found online.