Standards for Libraries in Higher Education Revision, Free Webcast

Standards for Libraries in HIgher Education (2011)The ACRL Board of Directors has approved a comprehensive revision of the association’s seminal Standards for Libraries in Higher Education (SLHE). Grounded in nine principles reflecting the core roles and contributions of academic libraries, the newly revised version of SLHE provides a guide to 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. The full text of the revised SLHE is available on the ACRL website.

“The revised Standards for Libraries in Higher Education provide a fresh roadmap to demonstrating the value of academic libraries to the campus community,” said ACRL President Joyce L. Ogburn, dean of the University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library. “We look forward to providing ongoing learning opportunities for libraries to implement these important standards at their institutions.”

The revision process began in 2009 when ACRL 2009-10 President Lori Goetsch appointed a Task Force to review and revise the 2004 ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education. For more than a year, the ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education Task Force, chaired by University of Nevada-Las Vegas Dean of University Libraries Patricia Iannuzzi, reviewed relevant library, higher education and accreditation literature, surveyed academic library directors to understand how the 2004 version of SLHE served the profession and interviewed librarians who had served on accreditation teams to better understand the changes in institutional accreditation processes. Input from the association membership and Board of Directors also informed the year-long revision process.

“These standards differ from previous versions by articulating expectations for library contributions to institutional effectiveness,” Iannuzzi noted. “They also differ structurally from the previous version by providing a comprehensive framework using an outcomes-based approach, with evidence collected in ways most appropriate for each institution.”

To provide additional information on the new version of SLHE, ACRL is offering a free introductory webcast on the standards at 1 p.m. Central on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. Presented by Iannuzzi, the webcast will provide an overview of the revision, highlighting ways the standards can benefit libraries in the strategic planning, program review and self-study processes. To RSVP for the webcast, visit

11/2 Update:
The SLHE introduction webcast will be recorded and made available on the ACRL website after the 9th.