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2023 Open and Affordable Community Forum

2023 Open and Affordable Community Forum In-Person / Online

Please join us for the 2023 VIVA Open and Affordable Community Forum on October 13, 2023. It will be a hybrid event with in-person attendance at the Lecture Hall (Room 303), Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University. This year's theme is "Open for Creation: The Power of Belonging" and will feature keynote speaker Robin DeRosa, Director of Learning & Libraries at Plymouth State University. The full schedule can be found through the following link: https://vivalib.org/va/oacc-forum-2023.


Forum Virtual Attendees:

The forum will be available via Zoom for those unable to attend in person. The Zoom link will be provided in your confirmation. 


Forum In-Person Attendees:

The event will be held at the Lecture Hall (Room 303), Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University. The registration desk will open at 9:00 a.m. with a full breakfast. Parking is available in the West Main Street Parking Deck. Parking costs $2 per hour with a maximum rate of $16 per day. Credit cards, debit cards, and cash are accepted.

You can find a map of the VCU Campus at https://maps.vcu.edu and Cabell Library at https://www.library.vcu.edu/spaces-tech/james-branch-cabell-library/cabell-library-floor-map


Please note that VIVA will reimburse staff from VIVA member libraries from both public and private institutions for their travel within GMU guidelines. One day trips qualify for mileage, parking, and tolls only.

Those looking to secure lodging for the Forum should select the government rate when booking. Please note that this rate must be requested when booking (it’s an option under special rates), but a number of local hotels honor this rate including those listed here. Lodging reimbursements, which must have pre-approval, are typically only approved when the traveler resides more than a 2.5 hour drive from the event location.

All travel forms can be found at https://vivalib.org/va/about/travel. If you have any travel related questions, please contract Cutrice Harris, VIVA Budget & Operations Manager, at charri29@gmu.edu. 


Additional Information:

Recording: VIVA may record the presentations during the Forum. By attending this event you are giving VIVA permission to distribute recordings of you that may appear during the presentations, including any video or still photographs, sound recordings, presentations, or chat transcripts. You consent to your name and other information provided to VIVA to be displayed in connection with the appearance of your image.


Code of Conduct:

VIVA is dedicated to harassment-free experiences for everyone who attends our meetings, forums, and events, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, age, or religion. Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event at the discretion of the organizers. If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible to VIVA staff, either personally or anonymously via this form: https://forms.gle/dEkCq3mZaucD7vVg8.

Friday, October 13, 2023
9:00am - 3:30pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Registration has closed.

Event Organizer

Jessica Kirschner

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