IFLA generally uses the term “standards” to refer to the following types of documents:

  • Guidelines (documents consisting of instructions, advice and models of preferred practices)
  • Best practice (documents consisting of procedures and techniques based on experience and research)
  • Conceptual models
  • Rules for resource description
  • Digital format codes

They are developed following the IFLA Standards Procedures Manual.

Once completed and endorsed by the IFLA Professional Committee on behalf of the Governing Board, these new Standards will be announced via the news feed and published in the full list of IFLA Standards.

New and revised IFLA Standards

The creation or revision of the following IFLA Standards are in progress:

In final review and endorsement stages

In progress and expected

  • Standards for Rare Books and Special Collections Professionals (working title) (expected submission date for review: end of 2020)
    Further information, contact â€‹Rare Books and Special Collections
  • Guidelines for Statistical Reporting for Public Libraries (expected submission date for review May 2017)
    Further information, contact: Metropolitan Libraries Section
  • Literacy Matters: Guidelines for Library-Based Literacy Programmes, revision (expected submission date for review August 2017)
    Further information, contact: Literacy and Reading Section
  • Guidelines for People who are Deaf or Hearing Impaired, revision (expected submission date for review 2018)
    Further information, contact: Library Services to People with Special Needs Section

Recently published

See also the full list of IFLA Standards