September 24, 2019

Durrant Organizes VIVA Collections Forum

Group photograph of all the presenters at the 2019 VIVA Collections Forum.

Group photograph of all the presenters at the 2019 VIVA Collections Forum.

Summer Durrant, Collection Services Librarian, chaired the planning committee for the VIVA Collections Forum, held at the VCCS System Office in Richmond on June 7, 2019.

The Collections Forum is an annual event sponsored by the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), Virginia’s academic library consortium. This year’s theme, “Building Diverse Collections,” featured a keynote presentation by Courtney L. Young, University Librarian at Colgate University, and lightning talks from librarians across the state on initiatives to intentionally select diverse and inclusive materials for their library collections.

Other session topics included promoting Open Educational Resources (OER) and an overview of the new Virginia Faculty Textbook Portal. Durrant also co-moderated a session on “Accessible Print and Electronic Collections,” where attendees discussed ways libraries can make their physical and online resources more accessible to users.

Around 100 academic librarians in Virginia attended the event.