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Lists of Standards

Chiropractic Libraries
Consumer Health
Dentistry Libraries
General Standards
Hospital Libraries
Ophthalmology Libraries
Specific Standards

Chiropractic Libraries

Chiropractic Library Section, Medical Library Association. “Standards for Chiropractic College Libraries.”

Consumer Health

This site does not provide “standards” for Consumer Health libraries in the same format as the other groups, but the Section Council Standards Committee wanted to recognize the work done by the Consumer and Patient Health Section of MLA as being a leader and creating high-quality guidance as standards for Consumer Health Libraries.

Consumer and Patient Health Information Section of MLA provides a policy statement for “The Librarian’s Role in the Provision of Consumer Health Information and Patient Education.”

Dentistry Libraries

Dental Hygiene Libraries, Medical Library Association. “Guidelines for Libraries Serving Dental Hygiene Education Programs.”

Dentistry Libraries, Medical Library Association. “Guidelines for Libraries Serving Dental Education Programs.”

Dental Libraries Section, Medical Library Association. “Guidelines for Libraries Serving Dental Education Programs.”

General Library Standards

Library of Congress Standards

ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries) Standards & Guidelines

Specific Standards and Sources Cataloging Standards Dublin Core Metadata Initiative

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published “Information and Documentation: The Dublin Core Metadata Element Set.” ISO 15836.

Encoded Archival Description (EAD) “The EAD Document Type Definition (DTD) is a Standardized Generalized Markup Language (SGML) standard designed for encoding finding aids to collections of material.”

MARC Standards. Library of Congress, Network Development and MARC Standards Office. “The MARC (Machine-Readable Cataloging) formats are standards for the representation and communication of bibliographic and related information in machine-readable form.” Includes a new report (January 4, 2002; revised March 21, 2002), “Functional Analysis of the MARC 21 bibliographic and Holdings Formats” as well as general information and documentation in both English and Spanish.

Metadata Encoding & Transmission Standard “METS is a standard for encoding descriptive, administrative, and structural metadata regarding objects within a digital library.”

NASIG Standards for Electronic Journals – provided by Harrasowitz

International Organization for Standardization “ISO is the standards body that establishes standards for the international exchange of goods and services.”

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) “A unique numeric identifier for serial publications”

ISO/TC 46/SC “Subcommittee 9 develops standards for presentation, identification, and description of documents in ISO Technical Committee 46, Information and Documentation.”

ISO 639-2 “The Library of Congress is the maintenance agency for ISO 639-2: Codes for the Representation of Names of Languages.”

Hospital Libraries

Hospital Libraries “Standards for Hospital Libraries 2002″

JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) The latest versions of the standards are published in comprehensive accreditation manuals for health care networks and preferred provider organizations. These manuals list the intent or purpose of each standard as well as scoring guidelines.

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Program requirements currently in effect for residency program’s, contain standards which include, to varying extent, resources that must be available from a library.

The Development of the “Standards for Hospital Libraries 2002″ in the United States. Conference paper on the development process for standards.

Ophthalmology Libraries

Vision Science Library Standards. “Standards for Vision Science Libraries.”

Specific Standards

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Program requirements currently in effect for residency program’s, contain standards which include, to varying extent, resources that must be available from a library.

American National Standards Institute “ANSI is the organization that facilitates development of American National Standards (ANSs) by establishing consensus among qualified groups”

Association of College and Research Libraries. Standards for college libraries, 2000 edition.

Association of College and Research Libraries. “Standards for University Libraries: Evaluation of Performance.”

CLIR – Council on Library and Information Resources

Digital Library Federation Standards and Practices

Digital Library Standards “…used by the Library of Congress for digital library projects.”

Digital Library Standards – Berkeley Digital Library. – Standards – Storage

Licensing Models

National Information Standards Organization (NISO) “NISO is an ANSI-accredited organization that develops standards specifically for the library, information services, and publishing sectors.”

The Standards World — links to other standards organizations both US and International

National Library of Australia. National Library Standards Activities

W3C – World Wide Web Consortium. “The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential as a forum for information, commerce, communication, and collective understanding.” Includes documents related to XML (Extensible Markup Language — and RDF (Resource Description Framework — )

Z39.50 Retrieval Protocol. “Z39.50 is an information retrieval protocol that supports communication among different information systems. The maintenance agency for the protocol is the Library of Congress.”

Miscellaneous Competencies for Information Professionals of the 21st Century, 2003 revision. From the Special Libraries Association. Not exactly a standard in itself, but very useful in the development of standards.

Association of College and Research Libraries. Link to summary page of standards.

Compiled by Section Council, Standards Committee 3/2004

Chair: Elizabeth LaRue
Mary Holcomb
Jill Crawley-Low
Jeannine Cyr Gluck
Julie Schneider
Dorice Vieira