Standards and competencies may be defined as a degree or level of requirement, excellence or attainment that serve as a point of reference for comparison and evaluation. They are a framework for planning and achieving “best practice” and excellence in the management and provision of library services. At the same time, standards provide a baseline measure for providing an essential, or basic, level of service.
The focus of these standards is the resources that member libraries within regional library systems need in order to provide a full range of 21st century library services to their residents.
Standards and Best Practices for Public Libraries in Alberta