Standards and Guidelines

ASCLA Standards Creation Manual

This manual will assist ASCLA members to create new standards and guidelines. ASCLA establishes standards and guidelines that align with its vision to build capacity for libraries serving special populations, state library agencies, specialized libraries, library cooperatives and library consultants. These standards and guidelines are created and approved by its members. The following ASCLA standards and guidelines publications may be purchased from the ALA Online Bookstore here.


Library Services for People who are Blind and Physically Handicapped

Revised Standards and Guidelines of Service for the Library of Congress Network of Libraries for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, 2011.

These standards and guidelines, which build upon previous editions, are intended to help LC/NLS network libraries serving the blind and physically handicapped maintain the best service levels for eligible individuals and organizations. The goal is to provide appropriate service standards for the development, deployment, and evolution of LC/NLS network library services and activities, including direct patron services, collection development and management, outreach efforts, the production of local materials, and more. The addition of the section on BARD is a major addition to this edition as well as changes to staffing guidelines which are more in line with the current reality of staffing levels at the network libraries.


Library Services for People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Guidelines for Library and Information Services for the American Deaf Community. 1996 

These guidelines are meant to inform librarians about the library needs of the deaf community. They apply to all types of libraries, including public, school, and academic, as well as special libraries serving government, commerce and industry, the arts, the military, hospitals, prisons, and other institutions. They are meant to serve both as an encouragement to make services accessible for deaf persons and as a means to assess the completeness and quality of such services.

Library Services for Prison Libraries/ and Correctional Institutions

IFLA: Guidelines for Library Services to Prisoners