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Journal of Access Services
J Access Serv

ISSN (printed): 1536-7967. ISSN (electronic): 1536-7975.

Access" is perhaps the most dynamic and powerful word in librarianship today. While it refers first to the policies and conditions that govern the use of library collections, services, and facilities, the access concept also describes how, through interlibrary loan and document delivery, library users can obtain materials from a broader universe of information resources. Over the last decade, collection management librarians have developed entirely new models based upon the primary goal of providing access to resources as a more cost-effective alternative to purchasing them. Technology has also affected the means by which access is gained. Many of these services are unmediated and customized. Administratively, these and many other concerns have increasingly resulted in the creation of an emerging organizational unit called Access Services." The literature on this aspect of librarianship has not yet caught up with current practice, so The Haworth Press is now launching the Journal of Access Services--the first to cover this field--to fill the gap. The Journal of Access Services is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal that publishes substantive essays, articles, reviews, feature columns, conference reports, and research results that explore the dimensions of this expanding field of librarianship. Its scope is large. Topics addressed in the journal include: circulation and reserves services, interlibrary loan, document delivery, and remote access, technological frontiers of access services, resource sharing and networking, library building design, maintenance, renovation, and construction, managing and operating library remote storage facilities, statistical analyses and measurements of library effectiveness, access/ownership and collection management, organization and administration of access services departments, training, education, and development of access services staff, copyright, licensing, and legal aspects of electronic access, cost analyses and the economics of access services.

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