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Byamugisha, Helen M. – Journal of Access Services, 2018
Most universities are enrolling large numbers of students amidst dwindling budgets. This leads to reduced book- to student ratios. Makerere University started a Book Bank system to ensure availability of basic text books to students. The aim of this paper was to assess whether the Book Bank system was a viable strategy for enhancing access to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Libraries, Access to Information, Reading Materials
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Riley-Reid, Trevar – Journal of Access Services, 2018
At some point in our library career, we may find ourselves in charge of an intern, volunteer, part-timer or even full-time staff, whether of our own initiative or not. There might be an organizational shift: someone retires or divisions merge and you might find yourself in charge of one person, or many. Sometimes even a simple situation, such as…
Descriptors: Library Administration, Personnel Management, Leadership Styles, Supervisor Supervisee Relationship
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Buller, Ryan – Journal of Access Services, 2018
True leadership can come from anywhere within an organization. While supervisory roles can lead to an inherent leadership dynamic based on reporting lines, it is often difficult for individuals to develop as leaders when they feel caught between their staff and upper-level administrators within their organization. This article will look at current…
Descriptors: Leadership Styles, Middle Management, Educational Research, Trend Analysis
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Litsey, Ryan; Harris, Rea; London, Jessie – Journal of Access Services, 2018
Library workflows are an area where repetitive stress can potentially reduce staff efficiency. Day to day activities that require a repetitive motion can bring about physical and psychological fatigue. For library managers, it is important to seek ways in which this type of repetitive stress can be alleviated while having the added benefit of…
Descriptors: Efficiency, Staff Development, Library Services, Computer Games
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Hogan, Sean; Hutson, J. – Journal of Access Services, 2018
The University of Baltimore's Langsdale Library underwent its five-year review in FY2016 (1 July 2015-30 June 2016). A basic, integral and necessary element of this process was the development of an assessment plan. Langsdale Library developed a five-year assessment plan based on the five-year review. The plan aligns the library's collections and…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Library Materials, Library Services, Strategic Planning
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Brown, Lesley – Journal of Access Services, 2018
In 2016, Access Services staff attended a professional development course on process improvement offered at Kennesaw State University. Process improvement initiatives have been credited with devising more effective, streamlined practices by identifying and eliminating non-value-added work. The Head of Access Services adapted content from the…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Library Services, Improvement, Professional Development
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Wilson, Duane; Roberts, Brian – Journal of Access Services, 2018
This study reports on a national survey of circulation policies in academic libraries in the United States. Circulation policies are similar at most responding libraries and are typically restrictive, though some differences exist based on library type. Associates granting institutions tend to have less generous circulation periods, and PhD…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Library Services, Library Policy, User Needs (Information)
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Noe, Jennifer – Journal of Access Services, 2018
During the spring and fall semesters of 2016 and the spring semester of 2017, Kingsborough Community College, part of the City University of New York, launched an initiative to loan over 5,000 books for the entire semester to students in its Learning Communities and other special programs. This paper is a case study that describes the challenges…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Community Colleges, Barriers, Program Implementation
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Trujillo, Nicole; Backen, Rosanna – Journal of Access Services, 2018
Student employees fulfill an essential role at all academic libraries, but budget and staffing cuts have made student work even more imperative at small, public institutions. This article examines a reference service redesign at Adams State University through the lens of the student circulation employees. Student employee feedback was directly…
Descriptors: Reference Services, Feedback (Response), Student Employment, Library Personnel
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Sanchez-Rodriguez, Nilda Alexandra; LoGiudice, Joseph – Journal of Access Services, 2018
Building effective communication and interdepartmental partnerships are essential components of strengthening services, policies, and procedures to meet the individual information needs of students, faculty, and the college community. Despite major advancements in library services for users with disabilities, there are ongoing challenges, which…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Higher Education, Librarians, Academic Libraries
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Thompson, Hilary H.; Cotton, Jennifer E. M. – Journal of Access Services, 2017
In Fall 2014 the University of Maryland Libraries launched a textbook reserves program to help relieve the burden of high textbook costs on students. Although its initial performance was lackluster, workflow refinements and expanded promotion greatly improved usage, resulting in a tenfold increase in circulation and expansion of the program. This…
Descriptors: College Libraries, Library Services, Textbooks, Library Materials
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Ruleman, Alice B.; Riley, Cheryl – Journal of Access Services, 2017
The University of Central Missouri has experienced a 1,498% increase in students from India since 2012. These international students utilize interlibrary loan to request textbooks at a rate not evident in other student population groups. Their search for course textbooks impacted librarians, staff, and student workers at public desks and on chat…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Foreign Students, Library Services, Academic Libraries
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McNeil, Erika Hanson – Journal of Access Services, 2017
As the cost of textbooks rises and discoverability of resources improves, students are turning more and more to interlibrary loan to meet their textbook needs. This article describes how systems can be utilized to streamline processes and allow for the canceling of textbook requests consistently and appropriately by taking full advantage of the…
Descriptors: Library Services, Information Dissemination, Textbooks, Access to Information
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McElroy, Kelly; Moore, Dan; Hilterbrand, Lori; Hindes, Nicole – Journal of Access Services, 2017
Despite the clear negative impact of high textbook costs on students, limits--including space, funding, and policies--prevent many academic libraries from fully supporting textbook collections. Partnering with other campus units on textbook lending requires creative thinking but can provide students access to other services in addition to the…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Library Networks, Partnerships in Education, Academic Libraries
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Parrott, Justin; Lindsay, Beth Daniel – Journal of Access Services, 2017
New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Library receives copies of all course syllabi to provide a number of services to faculty and students related to acquisitions, access, collection development, subject liaison, and library instruction. Access services and acquisitions staff, as well as subject liaison librarians, work together using specific…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Course Descriptions, Academic Libraries, Library Services
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