Foreign Credentials Evaluation Assistance
This information is specifically for employers. If you are a job seeker looking for credential evaluation assistance, see our page for job seekers.
This information is intended to assist employers in the United States and Canada who have job applicants with international degrees in library and information science.
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.
If you want to hire someone who received his/her degree outside of the U. S., you may want to consider having the credentials evaluated by an independent agency.
Please note carefully that ALA cannot recommend a specific agency, nor does the provision of information on our site in any way imply ALA's endorsement of the results of an evaluation.
Once you receive the determination, you can move forward with making a hiring decision. If the evaluation indicates that the course work is equivalent to master’s level study, then you can feel confident in proceeding with your hiring procedures. If the evaluation indicates that the credentials are lower than a master’s level, you will have to consider if you want to accept the person without a master’s level degree. Whatever choice you make, the hiring decision is strictly up to you.
The following countries have been identified as having "formal" accreditation processes and an individual who has received his/her degree from an institution in one of these countries is considered acceptable for employment in the United States. A list of the specific institutions can be found at:
Berlin School of Library and Information Science
(Institut für Bibliotheks und Informationswissenschaft)
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
For more guidance, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has created Guidelines for Professional Library/Information Educational Programs.
If you require additional assistance please contact: Beatrice Calvin, Program Officer for Placement & Recruitment, ALA/HRDR, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611, 800/545-2433 ext. 4280 or firstname.lastname@example.org.