Access to electronic journals/resources should be available to state agency employees who are working in research and policy evaluation. If the employee provides the proper credentials, he or she should be allowed access to the library's resources. This access would facilitate the adoption of innovative and effective policy solutions by providing efficient access to the latest research in public policy.
From: Elizabeth, Department of Social Services
Pat Flanagan, Associate University Librarian for Public Services, replies....
Thank you for your question regarding state agency employee access to electronic journals and resources. As you suggest, our licensed resources might indeed be quite valuable to your research needs. Though our computing resources are primarily for the research needs of VCU students, faculty, administrators, and staff, other individuals may gain access if they are visiting VCU Libraries. Guests may use our computers for research purposes, with some limitations that give VCU affiliated persons priority access when all workstations are in use.
If you will be visiting VCU Libraries to use these resources, please ask for help at the Reference Desk. Staff working there will be glad to assist you with logging on to a machine. The VCU Computer and Network Resources Use Policy governs specific uses of Libraries computers.
Unfortunately, off-campus access to databases is not available to those who are not students, faculty, staff, or administrators. The licenses governing use of these resources limit use to affiliated constituencies and to walk-in guests.
I hope this information helps. We appreciate learning about your interest in using VCU Libraries.