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Libraries welcome new head of access and delivery services

October 7, 2014
Janet B. Croft

Janet B. Croft

The Rutgers University Libraries are pleased to welcome Janet Brennan Croft, the new head of access and delivery services for the entire library system.

Janet will oversee all library activities that provide users with access to library spaces and materials. She will develop, plan, implement, and/or assess services that support the curricular and research needs of the university community and coordinate professional development activities for Libraries staff to support these services. She will analyze the use of on-site collections, document delivery, and interlibrary borrowing to guide collection development and will supervise the access services, interlibrary loan, imaging services, stacks maintenance, shipping and receiving, and media services areas of the Libraries.

Janet previously served as head of access services at the University of Oklahoma, and earlier was library director at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, TN.  

Janet has written on library issues for College and Undergraduate Libraries, Interlending and Document Supply, Journal of Access Services, Collection Building, and Journal of Interlibrary Loan and Document Supply, edited and wrote a copyright column for Oklahoma Librarian, and is the author of Legal Solutions in Electronic Reserves and the Electronic Delivery of Interlibrary Loan (Haworth, 2004).

Janet is also the author of War in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien (Praeger, 2004; winner of the Mythopoeic Society Award for Inklings Studies) and several book chapters on the Peter Jackson films. She has published articles on J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Terry Pratchett, and other topics in Mythlore, Mallorn, Tolkien Studies, and Seven; and is editor or co-editor of four collections of essays: Tolkien on Film: Essays on Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings (Mythopoeic Press, 2004), Tolkien and Shakespeare: Essays on Shared Themes and Language (McFarland, 2006), Lois McMaster Bujold: Essays on a Modern Master of Science Fiction (McFarland, 2012) and Author of the New Century: T.A. Shippey and the Creation of the Next Canon (McFarland, 2013).

She edits the refereed scholarly journal Mythlore (for which she complied a book-length annotated index), and serves on the board of the Mythopoeic Press, for which she has indexed and annotated several titles. Currently she is working on Perilous and Fair: Women in the Works and Life of J.R.R. Tolkien and Baptism of Fire: The Birth of British Fantasy in World War I, both edited collections for The Mythopoeic Press, and has an article on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel coming out in Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association.

Janet earned her Master of Library Science degree at Indiana University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Classical Studies from Indiana University—Bloomington.

Janet can be reached at or 848-932-6077. Her office is located on the first floor of the Archibald S. Alexander Library, on the College Ave. campus.