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Meeting of the ACRL Committee to Revise the 1959 Standards for College Libraries

The ACRL Committee to Revise the 1959 Standards for College Libraries met in Chicago on November 6, to continue its work toward the preparation of a national set of standards for college libraries. The committee discussed the correspondence it had received from the field and reviewed the status of recent state, regional, and foreign activities in the development and use of standards for academic libraries.

At the meeting, various members of the committee presented working papers for use in defining and categorizing those colleges for which the standards are to be used. David L. Perkins, head bibliographic librarian at California State University in Northridge, and James W. Pirie, librarian at Lewis and Clark College, are researching typologies currently used in analyzing colleges. Herman L. Totten, associate dean of the College of Library Science at the University of Kentucky, is attempting to identify and codify those library elements that should be included in the standards. Barbara G. LaMont, librarian at Vassar College, is preparing a projection of future trends for colleges. The committee agreed to release the papers at the Midwinter Meeting in January and to announce in February the availability of the papers for review and use by the membership. The committee continued its examination of whether or not a single set of standards can be applicable to the wide range of colleges and educational programs that exist today.

In its desire for comprehensive review and expression from the membership, the committee is scheduling a series of open hearings during the New York Conference in June. In addition, the committee requests information input and exchange from members, officers, and program chairmen of state and regional professional associations. Please contact the chairman of the committee, Johnnie E. Givens, librarian at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee.

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