This is the author accepted manuscript (AAM). The published version is available in Collection Management, a Taylor & Francis journal.

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Phillips, M.(2019) Standards Collections: Considerations for the Future, Collection Management, DOI: 10.1080/01462679.2018.156239


Technical standards are a form of gray literature that describe consensus for a wide variety of applications. They promote safety, quality, and interchangeability of parts. In academic libraries, standards have largely been associated with engineering collections, despite having connections to many disciplines. Engineering and technology accreditation bodies and employers continue to expect graduates to have knowledge and experience with standards upon graduation. This article provides a brief history of standards collection development in academic libraries, discusses the challenges of standards collections, shares a case study of standards information literacy curricula integration, and offers considerations for the future of standards collections.


academic libraries, collection development, engineering, industry standards, standards education, technical standards

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