Wiley and Virginia Library Consortium VIVA Sign Agreement to Drive Open Access Research

 Global research and education leader Wiley today announced a three year open access agreement with VIVA, a consortium of more than seventy libraries and academic institutions throughout the US state of Virginia, to begin in 2022.

The agreement, which expands on a previous pilot between Wiley and VIVA, will allow researchers at 55 participating Virginia institutions the ability to publish accepted articles open access in all of Wiley’s fully gold and hybrid open access journals, as well as provide access to all subscription content.

The first such agreement between VIVA and a large publisher, this will make an estimated 75% of all research published in Wiley journals by Virginia higher education authors open access in the first year, with the percentage growing each year of the agreement. Research published under the agreement will be accessible for free to anyone who wishes to read it, enabling a wider dissemination of scientific findings among both scholars and the public alike.

“We are pleased to join VIVA in advancing sustainable, scalable pathways to open access publishing, which is an increasing priority for academic institutions across the United States,” said Liz Ferguson, Senior Vice President, Wiley Research Publishing. “Through this agreement, academics across Virginia will gain the open access advantage, garnering more attention for their research and showcasing their contributions on the global stage.”

“We are deeply invested in creating partnerships with publishers that will enable open access for Virginia authors, no matter the size or funding level of their institutions,” said Anne Osterman, Director of VIVA.  “Wiley has been an excellent collaborator in how to craft a model that increases equity in publishing for Virginia and moves toward a more open future in a sustainable way.”

Academic research in the United States is funded through a diverse mix of sources, including the government alongside academic, industry, and philanthropic institutions. With a growing awareness among stakeholders of the value that public access to research brings in solving regional and global challenges, such as public health disparities and climate change, embracing a centralized approach to open access is paramount. Through this agreement, VIVA and Wiley are leading the United States into an open access future.

This agreement also builds on many similar agreements Wiley has negotiated, including with other US-based institutions.

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About VIVA
VIVA is the academic library consortium serving 71 nonprofit higher education institutions in Virginia, including 39 state assisted colleges and universities, 31 independent private, nonprofit institutions, and The Library of Virginia. VIVA seeks to create permanent, lasting benefit for the Commonwealth by building sustainable infrastructure for library cooperation; amplifying the Virginia academic library voice; and serving as a catalyst for improved and innovative library services and technologies.

Virginia Beach, VA Author Publishes Humor Book

Sea Stories: The Scuttlebutt Chronicles, a new book written by James Wells and illustrated by Dymond Renea, has been released by RoseDog Books.

From people licking stripper booty in Spain to a guy burning himself while ironing his clothes with them still on his person. Imagine getting a new ID card and it’s already expired or a fire truck that caught on fire while being repaired. There is never a dull moment. This book will have you laughing for days and looking around at the people you work with, wondering if they would put themselves in these same types of silly situations. So sit back, get comfortable, and grab a cup of joe as you embark on a hilarious journey through time visiting many places and people from all walks of life along the way. Just be thankful you don’t do some of these wild and crazy things yourself…or do you?

About the Author
James Wells is a fun-loving husband and dad of four. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, he always tries looking for the good in people and making the best of his current situation as he looks at the positive and funny things life throws his way. He has traveled the world and experienced many situations in life that helped him grow into the person he is today.

Sea Stories: The Scuttlebutt Chronicles is a 92-page paperback with a retail price of $12.00 (eBook $7.00). The ISBN is 978-1-6491-3052-5. It was published by RoseDog Books of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information, or to request a review copy, please go to our virtual pressroom at http://dorrancepressroom.com/sea-stories-the-scuttlebutt-chronicles/ or our online bookstore at http://rosedogbookstore.com/sea-stories-the-scuttlebutt-chronicles/

Virginia Title Company Explains if a Mechanics Lien Will Affect Your Credit

Mathis Title Company, a Virginia Title Company, has recently released a new educational resource that focuses on explaining the details of mechanics liens and how they can affect your credit. The new article is guided by the title experts at Mathis Title who have extensive experience helping clients to navigate the complex and nuanced area of titles and liens. They have created this new article to help readers understand how mechanics liens can affect them in the long term.

Mathis Title offers readers some valuable information that can help to explain how mechanics liens can affect your credit. In the article, they begin by explaining what mechanics liens and judgments are. They then go on to explain some important points including if these can be disputed, how liens can affect credit history, and how lenders view liens and judgments. They hope that readers understand that one mistake will not completely destroy your credit.

While this new article focuses on explaining the details of how mechanics liens can affect your credit, Mathis Title’s website provides readers with more information regarding their team, experience, as well as a full list of service offerings. Mathis Title offers the full list of title services including contract preparation and review, mechanics lien, refinancing, settlement, title insurance, and more. Mathis Title offers high-level title company services with a proven team and legal background. They believe in providing personalized real estate settlement services and education to all parties along the way with the goal of making clients feel comfortable during even the largest transactions.

With the addition of this new article, the team at Mathis Title hopes that readers will have a deeper understanding of how a mechanics lien can affect your credit. For more information, contact the title experts at Mathis Title Company today at 703-214-4020 or visit their website at https://www.mathistitle.com/. Their offices are located at 11325 Random Hills Rd, Suite 160, in Fairfax, VA 22030.

Virginia Retirement System and iGrad Receive Top Award for myVRS Financial Wellness Program Communications Campaign

The Virginia Retirement System’s (VRS) myVRS financial wellness platform powered by Enrich™ took first place in the financial wellness category among public plans with more than 5,000 participants at the annual Eddy Awards sponsored by Pensions & Investments (P&I) in March.

VRS implemented the myVRS Financial Wellness program in late 2017 in partnership with iGrad, a San Diego-based financial technology company that created the Enrich financial wellness online platform.

VRS was among the first public retirement systems to offer financial wellness content through its public website, as well as personalized content based on the member’s profile through the secure myVRS member portal.

The winning entry was a joint effort of VRS and iGrad, featuring the ongoing campaign to engage members in reducing financial stress by improving money-management skills and financial knowledge. The campaign included a digital toolkit to assist VRS-participating employers in promoting the program to members; a three-part original video series directed to VRS’ millennial members; targeted email campaigns to keep users informed of new content and motivate return visits; and partnerships with other agencies and stakeholder groups to build enthusiasm and generate usage of the program.

“The myVRS Financial Wellness Program educates members with a holistic approach to help them strengthen their financial well-being at all stages of their careers,” VRS Director Patricia Bishop said. “Financial wellness powers your future, and VRS is committed to building awareness of this program and its resources among our members and participating employers. We’re honored to receive the Eddy Award in recognition of our communication efforts.”

Enrich is used by more than 20,000 employers and more than 300 financial institutions nationwide, with artificial intelligence technology that engages each user with the most relevant content based on financial situation and stage of life. The Enrich platform includes dynamic tools and courses, delivering a highly personalized and interactive learning experience on financial topics including student debt, mortgages, budgeting, investing, retirement and long-term care.

“Financial wellness is even more important now, with the additional financial stresses caused by the pandemic,” said iGrad founder and President Rob LaBreche. “We are pleased to be recognized alongside VRS with the Eddy Award for our Enrich and iGrad financial wellness platforms, both of which are proven to reduce financial stress with easy-to-understand, customized and individualized programs.”

The iGrad and VRS collaboration also received a 2019 Eddy Award for Financial Wellness from P&I.

The 2021 award, honoring communication campaigns that motivate and educate plan participants, was announced at P&I’s annual East Coast Defined Contribution Conference, March 8-11. A list of all Eddy Award winners is available on the P&I website.