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Open Initiatives

These pages highlight VIVA efforts to investigate and support open educational, resource, and access models that increase access and affordabilty to high quality educational resources for Virginia students. Please use the links to the left to access more information. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

VIVA Open Textbook Network Membership


Textbook and related costs are a well-known barrier to college affordability for students.  VIVA’s Open Texbook Network (OTN) System membership allows VIVA to train open education library leaders who will hold workshops for faculty across the state to support them in making greater use of openly available educational materials, including textbooks, which are free of cost to students.

By promoting the use and creation of high quality educational materials that are free for students to use, this initiative will increase affordability in higher education, promote student success, and empower Virginia faculty to contribute to the growing field of open course materials.

In the spring of 2016 the VIVA Steering Committee approved this membership in an ongoing effort to strategically support open education and open access initiatives as a state.

Membership benefits

Two trainings are made available through VIVA’s system wide membership in OTN and include:



Nomination criteria

In collaboration with VIVA central, a subcommittee of the Virginia Scholarly Communication Interest Group developed the following criteria to be included in nominiation consideration by the Steering Committee:


Every effort is made to ensure that selected leaders represent a wide distribution of VIVA institution types (Doctoral, Comprehensive, Private, and Community College)



2016 Leaders

A map of the Campus and System Leaders' institutions is available here.

Last Name First Name Institution Institution Type Campus/System Leader
Allison Joslyn Thomas Nelson Community College Two Year Campus
Blicher  Heather  Northern Virginia Community College  Two Year Campus
Burns Brian  Hampden-Sydney College Private Campus
Cumbo Piper  Roanoke College  Private Campus
Delaurenti Kathleen  College of William & Mary Doctoral Campus
DeLong Jackie Radford University Four Year Campus
Dulaney Dale  Virginia Western Community College Two Year Campus
Einselen  Vickie  Bridgewater College Private Campus
Fridrich Arthur  Virginia State University Four Year Campus
Ghamandi Dave  University of Virginia Doctoral Campus
Ghaphery James   Virginia Commonwealth University Doctoral System
Glaeser  Katie  Sweet Briar College Private Campus
Harrison Lynne Norfolk State University  Four Year Campus
Haugen Inga  Virginia Tech Doctoral Campus
Holland Claudia  George Mason University  Doctoral System
Knox  Ann  Union Presbyterian Seminary  Private Campus
Kulp  Andrew  Shenandoah University  Private Campus
Lowder Hannah  Liberty University Private Campus
Maute Yvonne   New River Community College  Two Year Campus
McCulley  Lucretia  University of Richmond Private Campus
Miller  Hillary  Virginia Commonwealth University Doctoral Campus
Newell  Crystal  Piedmont Virginia Community College  Two Year Campus
Pierce Matthew  Germanna Community College Two Year Campus
Preston Laurie  Randolph-Macon College Private Campus
Reinauer Olivia Tidewater Community College Two Year System
Riggs Lynn J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Two Year Campus
Rush  Lucy  Old Dominion University  Doctoral Campus
Spurlock Bianca   Richard Bland College  Two Year Campus
Takacs Robin   Virginia Wesleyan College Private Campus
Thompson  Liz  James Madison University  Four Year Campus
Ulrich Jennifer  Eastern Mennonite University Private Campus
Walz Anita Virginia Tech Doctoral System
Wright  Nova  Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Two Year Campus
Wysong Erin  University of Mary Washington Four Year Campus
Yang Mason  Marymount University  Private Campus


















VIVA is funded by the Virginia General Assembly and the VIVA member institutions, and is sponsored by the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV).