Revised ACRL Standards, Guidelines, and Framework Companion Documents

The ACRL Board of Directors approved revised and updated versions of several of the association’s Standards, Guidelines, and Framework Companion Documents at its June 2023 meetings.

  • Companion Document to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education: Instruction for Educators: Developed by the ACRL Education and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS) Instruction for Education Committee, the Companion Document to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education: Instruction for Educators is designed to be implemented in the collaborative spaces created by librarians, education faculty, teacher education students, and practicing PK-12 teachers. The document can provide guideposts for librarians and inform their information literacy practices. It may serve to inspire library instruction in school of education classrooms as well as reference services for teacher education students. 
  • Guidelines Regarding the Security of Special Collections Materials: Developed by the ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) Security Committee, the Guidelines Regarding the Security of Special Collections Materials are a revision of the 2019 ACRL/RBMS Guidelines Regarding Security and Theft in Special Collections. The primary goal of these guidelines is to assist special collections staff in preserving and effectively stewarding cultural heritage materials for current and future access and preservation, objectives which are inherently tied to the promotion of user accessibility, safety, and rights. Risk is inevitable, and while it is not possible to eliminate it entirely, these guidelines seek to minimize it when possible and offer suggestions for dealing with security risks when they inevitably arise.
  • Proficiencies for Assessment in Academic Libraries: Developed by the ACRL Value of Academic Libraries and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committees, the Proficiencies for Assessment in Academic Libraries is an update to 2017 ACRL Proficiencies for Assessment Librarians and Coordinators. The updated Proficiencies were developed with an understanding that individuals conducting library assessment play an important role in guiding their organizations in evidence-informed decision-making and promoting a culture of assessment. The document provides a common definition of assessment responsibilities and describes the ethics, knowledge, skills, abilities, behaviors, and mindsets to empower both those with and without formal leadership positions to engage in library assessment.

All ACRL Standards, Guidelines, and Frameworks are freely available on the ACRL website.