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Kara Malenfant-IL (staff)'s picture

Seeking Feedback on Draft of Revised Standards for Libraries in Higher Education

The ACRL Board of Directors appointed a task force to review and update the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education (SLHE) as announced in ACRL insider on August 9, 2016.  After providing a progress update at an Open Forum at ALA Midwinter 2017, the task force drafted a revision that aims to align with enduring trends in academic libraries.     

  • Draft of revised Standards for Libraries in Higher Education (PDF attached)
  • Draft of revised Standards for Libraries in Higher Education with changes highlighted (PDF attached)

The task force would also like to enhance the appendices as these are meaningful tools for implementing the standards. While these drafts are currently underway, the task force would like to seek feedback to help with the revision process.

  • Draft of revised Appendix 1 – Sample Outcomes (PDF attached)
  • Draft of revised Appendix 2 – Benchmarking and Peer Comparison (PDF attached)

The task force is requesting your feedback and suggestions.  Please submit comments through the online form no later than Tuesday, May 23. 

You can also provide feedback during a free online open forum Seeking Feedback on Draft of Revised Standards for Libraries in Higher Education on Thursday, May 11, from 1:00 — 2:00 p.m. Central time (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Mountain | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern.  Convert additional time zones online.) Submit your free registration online by May 10, 2017.  Login details will be sent via email the afternoon of May 10.  The webcast will be recorded and made available shortly after the live event.

Questions can be directed to the task force chair, Andrea Falcone at Andrea.Falcone@ucdenver.edu or (303) 352-3953.

Deborah Gaspar's picture

You asked if other ACRL standards should be integrated.  A lengthy document will keep folks from reading it.  "See Also" references will accomplish what you want.  

Again, length is a concern, so I vote against adding samples of strategic plans that use the standards.

I endorse the changed language under principle 1:  Students are able to describe the role of the library in improving their academic performance from each year of study throughout their educational experience.

Deborah B. Gaspar, EdD
Director, Public Services
Rowan University Libraries
Catherine Mayer's picture

Principle 2 (Professional Values) Benchmark Suggestions:

- Policies that reflect professional values exist and are uniformly documented

- Policies that reflect professional values are easily accessible to patrons via the library website

- Collaboration on campus may be reflected by seats librarians are given on campus committees

Deb Poole's picture

Thank you for the work on this.  

The benchmarks are a challenge and so needed. Here are a few suggestions (sorry if these duplicate submissions):  

Library Expenditures per student
Library Expenditures as % of Institution Expenditure
Professional Staff Salaries
Support Staff Salaries
Total Staff Salaries
Salaries as % of Total Library Expenditure
Info resources - acquisition/subscriptions budget per students
Technology Acquisition of Tech and Use of Tech