COA announces accreditation actions taken at 2013 Annual Conference

For Immediate Release
Fri, 07/26/2013


Laura Dare

Assistant Director

Office for Accreditation


CHICAGO —The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces accreditation actions taken at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Continued accreditation status was granted to the following programs:

  • Master of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta;
  • Master of Library Science at the University of Maryland;
  • Master of Science at the University of North Texas;
  • Master of Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh.

The next comprehensive review visit at each institution is scheduled to occur in 2020.

The following accreditation decision is pending:

  • Master of Library Science offered by Southern Connecticut State University.

ALA accreditation indicates that the program has undergone a self-evaluation process, has been externally reviewed and meets the Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies, established by COA and adopted by ALA Council. COA evaluates each program for conformity to the Standards, which address mission, goals and objectives; curriculum; faculty; students; administration and financial support; and physical resources and facilities.

See the LIS directory for a complete list of programs and degrees accredited by ALA. Individuals who would like more information about a particular program should contact the program.

The ALA COA is a leading force in accreditation, having evaluated educational programs to prepare librarians since 1924. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) recognizes ALA COA as the authority for assessing the quality of education offered by graduate programs in the field of library and information studies.