So, I think what you're talking about mostly entails basic "Writing for 
the Web".  I think collaborating on "guidelines" is more helpful than 
"standards"... and no need to get all official -- just do it on Github 
or something and see if it's helpful.

A List Apart has a pretty concise, but helpful style guide for 
authors/content creators:

They also have published a helpful article on creating visual style 
guides and pattern libraries (to avoid those hot pink text on green 
backgrounds), although those would probably be more organization-centric:


On 9/30/14 10:22 AM, Brad Coffield wrote:
> I agree that it would be a bad idea to endeavor to create our own special
> standards that deviate from accepted web best practices and standards. My
> own thought was more towards a guide for librarians, curated by librarians,
> that provides a summary of best practices. On the one hand, something to
> help those without a deep tech background to quickly get up to speed with
> best practices instead of needing to conduct a lot of research and reading.
> But beyond that, it would also be a resource that went deeper for those who
> wanted to explore the literature.
> So, bullet points and short lists of information accompanied by links to
> additional resources etc. (So, right now, it sounds like a libguide lol)
> Though I do think there would potentially be additional information that
> did apply mostly/only to libraries and our particular sites etc. Off the
> top of my head: a thorough treatment and recommendations regarding
> libguides v2 and accessibility, customizing common library-used products
> (like Serial Solutions 360 link, Worldcat Local and all their competitors)
> so that they are most usable and accessible.
> At it's core, though, what I'm picturing is something where librarians get
> together and cut through the noise, pull out best web practices, and
> display them in a quickly digested format. Everything else would be the
> proverbial gravy.
> On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 10:01 AM, Michael Schofield <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>> I am interested but I am a little hazy about what kind of standards you
>> all are suggesting. I would warn against creating standards that conflict
>> with any actual web standards, because I--and, I think, many others--would
>> honestly recommend that the #libweb should aspire to and adhere more firmly
>> to larger web standards and best practices that conflict with something
>> that's more, ah, librarylike. Although that might not be what you folks
>> have in mind at all : ).
>> Michael S.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
>> Brad Coffield
>> Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 9:30 AM
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Library community web standards (was: LibGuides v2
>> - Templates and Nav)
>> Josh, thanks for separating this topic out and starting this new thread. I
>> don't know of any such library standards that exist on the web. I agree
>> that this sounds like a great idea. As for this group or not... why not!
>> It's 2014 and they don't exist yet and they would be incredibly useful for
>> many libraries, if not all. Now all we need is a cool 'working group' title
>> for ourselves and we're halfway done! Right???
>> But seriously, I'd love to help.
>> Brad
>> --
>> Brad Coffield, MLIS
>> Assistant Information and Web Services Librarian Saint Francis University
>> 814-472-3315
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Shaun Ellis
User Interface Developer, Digital Initiatives
Princeton University Library

“Any darn fool can get complicated. It takes genius to attain 
simplicity.” -Pete Seeger