Twenty-First-Century Access Services: On the Front Line of Academic Librarianship

Association of College & Research Libraries. 2nd ed. Mar. 2023. 320p. ed. by Michael J. Krasulski & Trevor A. Dawes. ISBN 9780838939314. pap. $76. PRO MEDIA
Krasulski (library and educational resources, Community Coll. of Philadelphia) and Dawes (vice provost for libraries and museums, Univ. of Delaware) present a thoroughly revised edition of their 2013 book on access services, in which library professionals contribute essays discussing all aspects of access services in academic library environments. The book offers a wide range of topics, covering everything from circulation and the life cycle of materials to professional development, with each chapter’s sources well-cited for further review. Contributors discuss how integrated library systems (ILSs) connect with access services, affecting loan periods and circulation rules; they even explain how individual ILSs interact with other library systems. These chapters offer good information for librarians working in access services and valuable insight into access services for those who are unfamiliar with access services or for library professionals in training. While the book provides a wealth of information, some readers may want to know more about how emerging library platform systems such as FOLIO may impact access services.
VERDICT This is a recommended purchase for its abundance of knowledge about access services and their history, operations, and management. Best for readers who don’t work directly in access services, including library students and those wanting to learn other librarians’ perspectives on access services.
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