ERIC Number: ED121346
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Foreign Standards for College Libraries. Working Paper, ACRL Ad Hoc Committee to Revise the 1959 "Standards for College Libraries".
Some general observations may be made about standards for college libraries in other nations. Although they may not be called "standards", nevertheless, standards have been devised; most by professional groups, some by government agencies, and a few by ad hoc committees. Such standards are rarely enforced, and are often seen as an ideal, a means of appraisal, or a stimulus to development. There is little documentation available on the basis from which standards were developed. A majority of the standards place heaviest emphasis on quantitative rather than qualitative elements, and are most concerned with (in descending order of importance) size of collection, budget, seating and floor area, and size of staff. Finally, few nations are satisfied with existing standards, particularly since consensus on the subject is difficult to achieve. (LS)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Coll. and Research Libraries, Chicago, IL.
Note: For related documents, see ED 118 080 and IR 003 352-358; Best copy available