9 February 2015

Creating a new IFLA standard

By Claire McGuire

The new IFLA Standards Procedures Manual provides guidance for the development of standards and guidelines by IFLA professional units. It should be used by all IFLA professional units wanting to propose, write or have endorsed a new IFLA standard, which includes guidelines.

The manual 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. 

The 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.

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

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

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