Standards Manual

The IFLA Standards Procedures Manual provides guidance for the development and revision of standards and guidelines by IFLA professional units. It seeks to establish: how to present the need for specific standards and guidelines; maximize consensus about the content and applicability; ensure high technical and editorial quality; promote consistency; and earn endorsement by IFLA and the wider library and information community.

IFLA recognizes the multiple contributions members of professional units make to the development and maintenance of IFLA standards. In some cases, financial support for the work can be obtained via Professional Council project funding.

The Standards Manual was compiled by a Working Group established by the Committee on Standards (CoS) in early 2013 and working up to the endorsement of the document by the Professional Committee in 2014.

Standards template (appendix a)

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Standards development proposal form (appendix c)

Standards approval request form (appendix d)