This page includes three types of RUSA documents: Standards, Guidelines, and Recommendations. The RUSA Professional Resources Committee (PRC) provides oversight of the maintenance and development of these documents. For more details, see Chapter 4 of the RUSA Guide to Policies & Procedures.
Information Literacy & Competencies by Discipline
Professional Competencies for Reference and User Services Librarians (2017)
Guidelines for Implementing and Maintaining Virtual Reference Services (PDF) (2017)
Definition of Reference (2008)
Health and Medical Reference Guidelines (2015)
Guidelines for Behavioral Performance of Reference and Information Service Providers (2013)
Guidelines for Business Information Responses (2013)
Guidelines for Cooperative Reference Services (2006)
Guidelines for the Introduction of Electronic Information Resources to Users (2006)
Guidelines for the Development and Promotion of Multilingual Collections and Services (2007)
Guidelines for Library Services to Older Adults (PDF) (2017)
Guidelines for Library Services to Spanish-Speaking Library Users (2007)
Guidelines for a Unit or Course of Instruction in Genealogical Research at Schools of Library and Information Science (2007)
Guidelines for Developing a Core Genealogy Collection (2007)
Guidelines for Establishing Local History Collections (2012)
Information Literacy Guidelines and Competencies for Undergraduate History Students (PDF) (2013)
RUSA Model Interlibrary Loan License Clause (2019)
Guidelines for Interlibrary Loan Operations Management (PDF) (2012)
Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States (January 2016) (Includes link to generic ILL form)
Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States Explanatory Supplement (January 2016)
Guidelines for Resource-Sharing Response to Natural and Man-made Disasters (PDF) (2017)
- Business Reference Essentials
A guide to business reference content for new business librarians, and a refresher for seasoned professionals. Managed by the BRASS Education Committee.
- Business Guides
20+ more guides (beyond Business Reference Essentials) to useful free and fee-based resources, selected by the BRASS Education Committee.
- RUSA STARS' 5 Things Every New Resource Sharing Librarian Should Know
Are you new to Resource Sharing and Inter-library Loan? Check out these tips and resources put together by your colleagues!
- RUSA Model Interlibrary Loan License Clause
This model clause is recommended to all libraries for their use in negotiating interlibrary loan license terms with electronic resource vendors. This model clause is also offered to electronic resource vendors as suggested text for inclusion in vendor licenses.