For Libraries & Educators
Review New Library Standards
PUBLIC REVIEW OF THE TENNESSEE
Public library standards provide specific criteria by which libraries can be measured and evaluated. They provide focus and direction for action and accountability within local library communities. The newly revised 2013 Tennessee Standards for Non-Metropolitan Libraries should be beneficial to all Tennessee public libraries and the people they serve.
The Tennessee Minimum Standards for Non-Metropolitan Libraries were first developed in 1988-9. Revisions were subsequently completed in 1996 and 2003. The 2013 revisions were launched by a thorough review of the standards by the Tennessee State Library and Archives Planning and Development Section, in partnership with the Tennessee Advisory Council on Libraries.
State Librarian and Archivist Chuck Sherrill then appointed a committee of library leaders from across the state to complete the revisions and incorporate selected content from the newly released Edge Assessment Gates Edge Initiative.
The 2013 Revision of the Standards for Non-Metropolitan Libraries is based on the framework of the following assumptions:
We solicit your comments on these proposed standards. Please email Chuck.Sherrill@tn.gov or write to the address above. Your comments will be reviewed and considered by the committee before the standards are made final.
Charles A. Sherrill