Category Archives: Standards, Guidelines, and Frameworks
An ACRL task force seeks comments on a draft revision of the association’s 2012 Guidelines for Media Resources in Academic Libraries. Review the draft revision (PDF) on ACRL website and send feedback to Guidelines for Media Resources in Academic Libraries Task Force Chair Gisele Genevieve Tanasse at email@example.com by Friday, March 2, 2018.
The task force is additionally hosting a session at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting for in-person feedback, discussion, and commentary on the draft. The session will be held on Saturday, February 10, from 10:30 am to noon in the Sheraton Denver Downtown Governor’s Square 11 room.
Standardized Statistical Measures and Metrics for Public Services in Archival Repositories and Special Collections Libraries
The ACRL Board of Directors has approved new Standardized Statistical Measures and Metrics for Public Services in Archival Repositories and Special Collections Libraries. In order to support increasing demands on archival repositories and special collections libraries to demonstrate the value they provide their constituencies, archivists and special collections librarians have become increasingly mindful of the need to gather, analyze, and share evidence concerning the impact of their services and the effectiveness of their operations. Until now, the absence of commonly accepted statistical measures has impeded the ability of repositories to conduct meaningful assessment initiatives and the articulation and evaluation of best practices. Authored by a joint ACRL/RBMS and Society of American Archivists (SAA) task force, Standardized Statistical Measures and Metrics for Public Services in Archival Repositories and Special Collections Libraries provides normative guidance in these practical areas.
Approved by the ACRL Board during its fall 2017 meeting, the document is currently pending approval through the SAA standards review process with the goal of joint adoption by both associations.
Standardized Statistical Measures and Metrics for Public Services in Archival Repositories and Special Collections Libraries is available on the ACRL website.
An ACRL task force seeks comments on a draft of potential changes to the the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education (SLHE) before completing final revisions and submitting the standards for approval. Like all ACRL standards and guidelines, these are subject to a regular cyclical review. Please review the draft document and provide feedback either by attending an upcoming online open forum or by submitting your comments through an online feedback form by Tuesday, September 12.
Join the free online open forum Seeking Feedback on Draft of Revised Standards for Libraries in Higher Education on Wednesday, September 6, 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.)
How to Register
Submit your free registration online by September 5, 2017. Login details will be sent via email the morning of September 6. The webcast will be recorded and made available shortly after the live event.
The online open forum takes place in a WebEx meeting room. Make certain you have an updated version of Java. Make sure you have the most recent WebEx software by checking the system requirements. This especially applies to users accessing the meeting through a mobile device. We recommend a USB headset. Please allow a few minutes to get in and test your audio, etc. before the start time.
The SLHE, adopted in 2011, are designed to guide academic libraries in advancing and sustaining their role as partners in educating students, achieving their institutions’ missions, and positioning libraries as leaders in assessment and continuous improvement on their campuses. Libraries in higher education are increasingly required to demonstrate their value and document their contributions to overall institutional effectiveness and be prepared to address changes in higher education. The SLHE is a framework for library planning and assessment that can be used for a variety of circumstances including annual planning, program review, and accreditation self-study.
Contact the task force chair Andrea Falcone at Andrea.Falcone@ucdenver.edu or (303) 352-3953.
The ACRL Framework Advisory Board (FAB) is pleased to announce the launch of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Toolkit. The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Toolkit is intended as a freely available professional development resource that can be used and adapted by both individuals and groups in order to foster understanding and use of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. The ACRL Framework Toolkit is available on the ACRL LibGuides site.
Librarians can use the ACRL Framework Toolkit resources in a variety of ways: for their individual professional development needs; to form a community of practice with their colleagues around the Framework and information literacy; and to develop workshops and professional development opportunities in their libraries and also for local, regional, and state-level events and conferences.
The ACRL Framework Toolkit contains four modules: Finding Time to Engage the Framework, The Framework’s Structure, Foundations of the Framework, and Strategies for Using the Framework. A fifth module, Collaboration and Conversations with the Framework, is currently in development. Each module includes essential questions, learning outcomes, and active learning resources such as guided reading activities, discussion prompts, and lists of key readings.
Please direct any questions to FAB Chair Donna Witek at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ACRL Board of Director has approved Roles and Strengths of Teaching Librarians, a revision of the association’s 2007 ACRL Standards for Proficiencies for Instruction Librarians and Coordinators. Authored by the Standards and Proficiencies for Instruction Librarians and Coordinators Revision Task Force, the shift in focus in 2015 from the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education to the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education model prompted the Task Force to closely examine not only the proficiencies themselves but their structure and purpose.
In the spirit of the Framework, the Task Force intended to present a more holistic perspective of the range of work done by teaching librarians rather than a list of skills needed to do a specific job. Teaching librarians have increasingly explored innovative and creative roles within their institutions, and the document is intended to reflect the myriad activities, projects, and responsibilities that teaching librarians from a wide variety of institutions may find themselves taking on at different points in their work life and throughout their careers, as well as the characteristics and strengths needed to flourish within these roles. The Task Force also wanted to provide a basic framework from which teaching librarian roles can continually expand within a variety of contexts. In short, this document was designed to act as a bridge between concept and practice.
Roles and Strengths of Teaching Librarians is available on the ACRL website.