Standards and Guidelines (S&G) Committee

Looking back to New Orleans and the Annual Conference, S&G members voted to recommend to the RUSA Board sunset for two RUSA guidelines:

●     Guidelines for Medical, Legal and Business Responses at General Reference Desks (2001)

●     Guidelines for Information Services (2000)

Generally S&G members recommend sunset with regret, but RUSA policy and lack of a sponsor led to the decisions.

Looking forward to new guidelines:

●     STARS has forwarded to S&G Guidelines for ILL Management and Operations. These guidelines make recommendations regarding the qualifications needed for managers of interlibrary loan and document delivery services and give other guidance concerning ILL staffing.

●     Work continues on new guidelines from the History Section’s Instruction and Research Services Committee. These are guidelines for providing research and information resources to undergraduate students of history.

●     A potential collaborative project is under still under discussion. The Guide for Written Collection Policy Statements is an ALECTS product—not recently revised—with obvious appeal to CODES members.

●     A brand new BRASS effort, in cooperation with Special Library Association (SLA), is working on focusing on core competencies for business students.

Reviews of existing guidelines:

●     Members of the RSS Management of Reference Committee have been working to review two guidelines. Guidelines for Behavioral Performance of Reference and Information Services Providers is a document previously associated with the committee. Members of the group have also taken on the review of Professional Competencies for Reference and User Services Librarians. This document started out as the product of a special task force.

●     History Section members are organizing to review Guidelines for Establishing Local History Collections.

For more information on RUSA guidelines, please contact Larayne Dallas (, Chair of the RUSA Standards and Guidelines Committee.