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Moving Beyond the Amalgam: Restructuring Access Services

Moving Beyond the Amalgam: Restructuring Access Services At least since the early 1990s, academic libraries have been merging Circulation and various other related functions into a single department typically labeled “Access Services.” In many cases, however, that merger has proven to be administrative rather than functional, with minimal integration of common workflows. This article describes a significant attempt by the Circulation and Interlibrary Loan Services Departments at the University of Colorado, Boulder, to restructure workflows and redistribute personnel in order to achieve a more efficient, integrated, and nimble work unit, an Access Services Department in more than name only. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal Of Access Services Taylor & Francis

Moving Beyond the Amalgam: Restructuring Access Services

Journal Of Access Services , Volume 7 (3): 14 – Jun 23, 2010
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Taylor & Francis
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Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1536-7975
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1536-7967
DOI
10.1080/15367961003708763
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Abstract

At least since the early 1990s, academic libraries have been merging Circulation and various other related functions into a single department typically labeled “Access Services.” In many cases, however, that merger has proven to be administrative rather than functional, with minimal integration of common workflows. This article describes a significant attempt by the Circulation and Interlibrary Loan Services Departments at the University of Colorado, Boulder, to restructure workflows and redistribute personnel in order to achieve a more efficient, integrated, and nimble work unit, an Access Services Department in more than name only.

Journal

Journal Of Access ServicesTaylor & Francis

Published: Jun 23, 2010

Keywords: Access services; restructuring; academic libraries; circulation; interlibrary loan; reorganization; materials management; reserves; stacks maintenance; merger

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