Standards Committee


Responsible for overseeing the development of standards and guidelines adopted and promoted by the Association.


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Specific Tasks

  • Monitors existing ACRL standards and guidelines and recommends revision or recession when appropriate to the ACRL Board.
  • Recommends new standards or guidelines as needed.
  • Assist units of ACRL in developing standards and guidelines.
  • Maintains a manual of policies and procedures related to the development of standards within ACRL.
  • Recommends to the ACRL Board the acceptability of proposed standards, guidelines, and related documents.
  • Guides and monitors the solicitation of member comment on ACRL standards and guidelines through email distribution lists (listservs) before they are recommended to the ACRL Board.
  • Holds or delegates the holding of open hearings on ACRL standards when this option for gathering member comments is employed.
  • Recommends to the ACRL Board the acceptability of proposed translations of standards, guidelines, and related documents into languages other than English. 


  • A minimum of five members (i.e. a chair, vice-chair, and three members)
  • Additional appointments at the discretion of the Vice-President/President-Elect and Appointments Committee


In 2005, the Standards and Accreditation Committee was included as a component committee of the Advocacy Coordinating Committee. In 2009, it was redefined as a stand alone divisional committee when the coordinating committee was reclassified as a standard committee, with no coordinating committee umbrella structure.

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