Revised Standards for Libraries in Higher Education

Standards for Libraries in Higher Education

Standards for Libraries in Higher EducationThe ACRL Board of Directors has approved a revision of the association’s Standards for Libraries in Higher Education (SLHE). SLHE, adopted in 2004 and previously revised in 2011, is designed to guide academic 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 standards are a framework for library planning and assessment, particularly in regard to providing guiding principles, performance indicators, outcomes and metrics for libraries to use in a variety of circumstances as they work with faculty and students in higher education setting, achieving and measuring institutional learning outcomes.

A Board-appointed task force reviewed SLHE as part of the usual five-year review process and suggested revisions to the 2011 document. The Board approved the revised SLHE at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver.

The revised version of SLHE will become part of ACRL’s Planning, Assessing, and Communicating Library Impact: Putting the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education into Action RoadShow workshop beginning in May 2018. Additional opportunities to learn more about the revised SLHE are forthcoming, watch ACRL Insider for additional details.

The revised standards are freely available on the ACRL website.