February 17, 2018

Clark Atlanta University SLIS Refuses To Hear ALA Appeal

By LJ Staff

The end is apparently drawing near for Clark Atlanta University’s (CAU) School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS). The school is scheduled to close at the end of this academic year, and school officials refused an American Library Association (ALA) request to discuss alternatives. In a statement, ALA president Carol Brey-Casiano said she was "very disappointed" that the CAU Board of Trustees did not respond to ALA requests to be heard. CAU has the only accredited library studies program in the state of Georgia.

"As an academic accrediting body, the American Library Association’s voice should at least be acknowledged when one of only 52 library programs in the country is threatened," said Brey-Casiano, who noted that multiple letters from ALA and other concerned library agencies have gone unanswered. "We still do not know why the state’s only library program is being cut," she added. "While the board justifies cutting the school to close a deficit, its library program receives a larger proportion of funding from nonuniversity sources than most SLIS programs of its size and is not a financial drain on the university."