Committee on Education (COE)


To have responsibility for developing and recommending the association's policies related to the full spectrum of education for all library and information studies personnel. To assure that the association actively solicits from its members information about the condition, currency, relevance, and type of education necessary to improve current and future library and information services. This information will be shared with the ALA committee on accreditation, the ALA membership and its units, and allied professional organizations. To coordinate recommendations and policies concerning education promulgated by ALA divisions, round tables, and other units to eliminate conflict or unnecessary duplication and to work closely with these units through the education assembly. To maintain communication and rapport nationally and internationally, as appropriate, with other organizations concerned with library and information studies. To represent the association nationally and internationally to organizations and agencies outside the field of library and information studies that are concerned with professional education and staff preparation. To identify needed education initiatives in library and information studies and to help promote their accomplishments. To identify needed research concerning education for library and information studies and to help promote its accomplishment. To act as a clearinghouse of information on all aspects of education for library and information studies, for the profession and the public-at-large.


Dr. Carol L. Barry (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Dr. Sharon Hu (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Ms. Elana Deana Karshmer (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Beth McGuire (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Portia McQueen (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Julie A. Patterson (Intern, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Kimberly L. Redd (Staff Liaison, November 26, 2014, to June 30, 2017)
Lorelle R. Swader (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2020)

Displaying active committee roster as of 07/01/2016. Last retrieved on 11/24/2015. Members can log in to view full contact information for committee members.


The Committee on Education consists of nine members appointed from the membership at large serving two year staggered terms and led by chair, serving a one year term.