Libraries are continuing to change at a rapid pace, transforming from quiet repositories into vibrant locations for knowledge and information gathering and exchange. Books are being moved to storage facilities to make room for more collaborative learning spaces. Technology demands are rising. Makerspaces are becoming essential library services. While these changes are both scary and exciting, they are also necessary for libraries to remain true to their core mission: serving our communities and their information needs while respecting their rights to privacy and intellectual freedom. While everything in our industry feels like it is changing rapidly, it also remains the same.

The spring issue of OLA Quarterly focuses on access services in the new century. How are core activities like circulation, interlibrary loan, space and stacks management changing? Staying the same? How can we better meet our patron’s needs, especially as our communities change around us? How can we ensure we are meeting the needs of all community members, especially those who are traditionally underserved? What have been our major success and victories in this new century? I have had the immense pleasure of working with Access Services colleagues from across the state to answer some of these questions.

Author Biography

Turner Masland is the Assistant Manager of Access Services at Portland State University, where he supervises the Resource Sharing Unit and manages the department’s student workers. He earned an MLS from Emporia State University in 2012 and a BA in Environmental Sociology from St. Lawrence University in 2006. Prior to his work at PSU, he has worked in a number of academic and medical libraries in the Portland area, giving him the privileged perspective entrenched in our region’s dedicated and creative librarian community. He recently served on the American Library Association’s Legislative Committee and volunteers with EveryLibrary, the country’s first library dedicated political action committee. When not in the library, Turner is an avid hiker, exploring trails in the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon Coast and Mount Hood National Forest.

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