Foreign Credentials Evaluation Assistance


The policy of the American Library Association (ALA) states:

"The master's degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association (or from a master's level program in library and information studies accredited or recognized by the appropriate national body of another country) is the appropriate professional degree for librarians."

The American Library Association does not conduct evaluations of transcripts or credentials or make recognition decisions.  We also cannot serve as a channel of appeal for persons dissatisfied with evaluations.



Employers who are considering hiring someone who received his/her library and information science degree outside of the United States should review our document for employers.

Job Seekers

Job seekers who received your library and information science degree outside of the United States, and wish to find employment within the profession in the U.S. should review our document for job seekers.


If you have questions or need additional information, contact the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment.  Contact Beatrice Calvin, Program Officer for Placement and Recruitment at 800/545-2433 ext.4280.