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Office for Accreditation

ALA Accredited Program Seal

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225 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1300
Chicago, IL 60601
Toll free 800-545-2433 accred@ala.org

Staff

Karen O'Brien, Director
312-280-2434; 800-545-2433, x 2434

Susana Stoll, Associate Director
312-280-2435; 800-545-2433, x 2435

accred@ala.org

 

Oversight Group and Meeting Schedule

Mission

The ALA Office for Accreditation (OA) serves the general public, students, employers, and library and information studies Master's programs through the promotion and advancement of education in library and information studies.

The ALA Office for Accreditation:

  • Ensures fair and equitable accreditation reviews of library and information studies programs,
  • Provides external review and validation of master's level library and information studies programs,
  • Promotes diversity and inclusiveness in library and information studies education,
  • Consults and assists in the development and advancement of library and information studies education,
  • Communicates with constituencies regarding activities,
  • Anticipates and prepares for the changing environment and the future needs of constituencies,
  • Manages our operations and resources to be effective, responsive and relevant.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the Office for Accreditation include:

  • Coordinating and supporting activities that are directly related to the accreditation of master’s programs of education for LIS,
  • Active engagement with the accrediting community through recognition by the and volunteer service with the ,
  • Maintaining contact with LIS programs,
  • Providing information about the ALA accreditation process, policies, and procedures, as well as the accreditation status (both historical and current) of specific graduate LIS programs,
  • Providing programs, publications, and other activities to promote the awareness and enhance knowledge about the ALA accreditation process, trends in library and information studies education and trends in higher education accreditation,
  • Maintaining a schedule of evaluation reviews 
  • Maintaining the Directory of Institutions Offering ALA-Accredited Master’s Programs,
  • OA shares responsibility with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) for administering the review of school librarianship education programs under the , formerly the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE),
  • OA shares responsibility with the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) for providing information on LIS careers, foreign credentials, and ALA scholarships.