Standards & Best Practices

Standards and Best Practices for Public Libraries

Standards and Best Practices for Public Libraries in Alberta - developed by Public Library Services Branch, Municipal Affairs and issued spring 2011. This document includes:

  • Standards, which relate to bylaws, plan of service, policies, and financial reporting.
  • Best practices, which relate to facilities, hours of opening, personnel, technology, resource-sharing and collection management.

Public libraries housed in schools provides discussion points for libraries considering partnerships with school facilities.

The SuperNet Operational Policy is a provincial policy developed by Public Library Services Branch, Municipal Affairs. It governs how Public Library Network participants are connected to the SuperNet.

Core Technology Competencies - developed by the Alberta Public Library Electronic Network Technology Training Committee.

  • Technology core competencies are defined as a combination of skills, knowledge and behaviours related to library technology.

Guidelines on Library and Information Services for People with Disabilities - Canadian Library Association Position Statement.

Best Practices for School Libraries

Alberta Education has established a School Library Services Initiative (SLSI) that focuses on reviewing K–12 school library services and support resources across the province. Follow the project at School Library Services Initiative (SLSI).

The School Library Information Portal provides access to guidelines, best practices, sample policies and government position statements on school libraries from across the country.