For immediate release | August 1, 2013

New from ACRL: “Twenty-First-Century Access Services: On the Front Line of Academic Librarianship”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Twenty-First-Century Access Services: On the Front Line of Academic Librarianship," edited by Michael J. Krasulski, Jr. and Trevor A. Dawes.

The access services departments in academic libraries are literally and metaphorically at the front line of 21st century academic librarianship. In both tangible and intangible ways these departments, with their circulation desk roots, are making great strides to facilitate access in an ever changing higher education landscape. Today’s access services departments are expanding their portfolios to include electronic reserves (e-reserves), increased cooperative and shared services, facilities management, assessment initiatives, e-book lending initiatives and copyright management.

“This volume of essays captures so effectively the evolution and adaptability of access services,” notes Columbia University Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian James G. Neal, in the book’s forward. “It defines the hybrid qualities that characterize the suite of services that have bridged analog and electronic content, physical and virtual space, and self-sufficient and radically collaborative and collective relationships among libraries.”

The ten chapters in “Twenty-First-Century Access Services: On the Front Line of Academic Librarianship” highlight these roles and services, while discussing the role access services departments will continue to play in the success of the library, as well as place these services in the context of supporting the academic mission of the institutions of which the libraries are a part. This work will be useful to access services practitioners in all types of academic libraries, and to library and information science graduate students and faculty interested in learning more about access services operations.

"Twenty-First-Century Access Services: On the Front Line of Academic Librarianship" is available for purchase in print, as an e-book, and as a print/ e-book bundle through the ALA Online Store; in print and for Kindle through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 12,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the Web at, Facebook at and Twitter at @ala_acrl.


Kathryn Deiss

Content Strategist

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)