Volunteer for Newly Formed ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education Review Task Force by April 29

slheVolunteers are sought from all types of academic and research institutions, as well as those with expertise in assessment and those with experience serving on accreditation teams in various regions or library program review teams, to help ACRL review and revise the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education (SLHE). At its virtual Spring Board Meeting on April 7, 2016, the ACRL Board of Directors approved the ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education Review Task Force, as the Standards, first approved in 2011, are up for the required five-year review. ACRL President Ann Campion Riley invites you to volunteer to serve on this task force. The charge and timeline are:


The Task Force is established to, following the procedures for the review of Standards found in the ACRL Guide to Policies and Procedures Chapter 14, (1) review SLHE, (2) review outcomes as articulated in regional accrediting association guidelines as there is increasing expectation that libraries can contribute to them, e.g., educational role, facilities, etc., (3) incorporate accreditation expectations into the draft standards as appropriate, (4) review the performance indicators for each principle and consider expanding them, (5) recommend needed changes, (6) produce a draft document incorporating these changes, (7) seek comments and input from stakeholder communities and the general ACRL membership, and (8) incorporate, as appropriate, those recommendations into the final draft. 


Dates interim reports are due: 2016 Fall Executive Committee Meeting

  • An interim report is due to the ACRL Board of Directors by their 2016 fall executive committee meeting, summarizing relevant research on changes in higher education that impact the Standards, including a review of regional accrediting agency expectations for libraries.

Date final report is due: 2017 ALA Annual Conference.

  • The final document should be submitted for ACRL Board approval within six months of the draft being circulated for comment and no later than Midwinter 2017. The draft standards should be made available for review and comment by the membership no later than one year after appointment of the Task Force.

The deadline to volunteer for the ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education Review Task Force is April 29, 2016. If you wish to be considered for appointment, complete the volunteer form on the ACRL website.