Michael Kelley’s April 29, 2013 editorial “Can We Talk about the MLS?” and the 157 comments posted to that article so far prompted us to consider accountability for the American Library Association’s (ALA) accreditation of graduate programs in library and information science. The ALA Standards emphasize what programs must accomplish in terms of strategic planning and student learning outcomes. ALA does not dictate what those outcomes should be nor does it specify any particular courses that must be offered in an MLIS program. So, what does it mean to be a graduate of an ALA accredited program?
The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) granted continued accreditation status to Indiana University, Louisiana State University, and the University of Southern Mississippi’s library and information science masters programs. All three universities are scheduled for their new comprehensive review in 2019. Conditional accreditation status was granted to the University at Buffalo, [...]