Sets Accreditation Standards
The ALA Office for Accreditation is the authoritative source for the profession and the public on library and information studies. The office provides opportunities to practitioners, educators and the public to give input into the setting of standards for master's level programs in the field of library and information studies. ALA's Committee on Accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as the agency authorized to review, evaluate and accredit library and information studies graduate programs. The office publishes an annual Directory of Institutions Offering Accredited Master's Programs.
The American Library Association is also a member of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), a nongovernmental, nonprofit coalition that performs the professional accreditation of teacher education programs. ALA recognizes a master's degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by NCATE as an appropriate professional degree for school library media specialists.
How you can get involved
You can make a personal impact on the next generation of library school programs through your membership involvement. From a confidential response by ALA-member at the close of an engagement on an accreditation review panel: “[Being on an accreditation panel] was one of the most rewarding professional experiences I've had in my 25 years as a librarian. It was the ultimate collegial experience for me.” ALA members are invited to volunteer for several committees through the Office for Accreditation.