Department of Veterans Affairs

Sharing resources

In areas where many agencies have offices and are located in close proximity (such as, DC, NYC, Longmont, CO, etc.) why not share librarians, reference and research materials. I see many federal libraries and information centers shutting down because they can no longer afford these full services. Yet, the research needs of the staff remain and are often increasing. Why not pool resources into one Federal reference and research library available to multiple agencies and field offices in areas with large federal workforces? Many of the online resources that librarians rely on today could also be obtained for lower costs with a larger patron base. I know this would save the government a great deal of money spent up front on duplicative materials and in the long term by not forcing each office to recreate research that was recently completed in another office.



Idea No. 15046