Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy

The ACRL Board of Directors has approved new Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy. Developed by a joint ACRL/ RBMS and Society of American Archivists (SAA) task force,  the new guidelines articulate the range of knowledge, skills, and abilities required to effectively use primary sources and are applicable in multiple primary source learning situations with diverse instructor roles, audiences, and purposes. While the primary audience for this document is librarians, archivists, teaching faculty, and others working with college and university students, the guidelines have been written to be sufficiently flexible for use in K-12 and in general public settings as well. The guidelines articulate crucial skills for navigating the complexity of primary sources and codify best practices for using these materials.

Approved by the ACRL Board during the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting, the document is currently pending approval through the SAA standards review process with the goal of joint adoption by both associations. Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy is available on the ACRL website.