ACRL/RBMS, SAA Release Guidelines for Standardized Holdings Counts and Measures

September 25, 2019—The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) have developed a new standard, Guidelines for Standardized Holdings Counts and Measures.

These guidelines were developed to provide archivists and special collections librarians with a set of practical, well-defined counts and measures that can be used to quantify and communicate holdings information. The counts and measures were also formulated to support the aggregation of holdings information from multiple repositories.

Authored by the SAA-ACRL/RBMS Joint Task Force on Holdings Counts Metrics, the new document was approved by the ACRL Board of Directors in April 2019 and by the SAA Council in August 2019. The Guidelines for Standardized Holdings Counts and Measures are available on the ACRL website and the SAA Standards Portal.


About ACRL

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing nearly 10,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the web at, Facebook at, and Twitter at @ala_acrl.

About SAA

Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists is North America's oldest and largest national professional association dedicated to the needs and interests of archives and archivists. SAA represents more than 6,200 professional archivists employed by governments, universities, businesses, libraries, and historical organizations nationally. Visit us on the web at, or find us on Facebook, Twitter (@archivists_org), or Instagram (saarchivists).

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