Access Services departments in libraries have become highly complex organizations responsible for a broad range of functions, often including circulation, reserves, interlibrary lending and borrowing, document delivery, stacks maintenance, building security, photocopying, and providing general patron assistance. This book offers effective solutions to familiar problems, fresh ideas for responding to patron needs, and informed speculation on new trends and issues facing access services departments.
This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Access Services.
Lori L. Driscoll has been Associate University Librarian and Chair of Access Services at the University of Florida Smathers Libraries since November of 2001. She has been a presenter and panellist on topics related to library technology and copyright at a variety of national conferences in addition to publishing articles of interest to the field of Access Services.
W. Bede Mitchell has served as Dean of the Library and University Librarian at Georgia Southern University since August of 1999. He served as the 2007-2008 president of the Library Administration and Management Association.
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'This is a facinating book for any librarian. It embodies a sense of change that is paradigm for any library that is not stagnating; it offers a feast of innovative ideas that have been implemented and evaluated; it is fresh with energy and enthusiasm' -- The Australian Library Journal