Office for Accreditation

ALA Accredited Program Seal

American Library Association
50 E. Huron St.
Chicago, Illinois 60611-2795
Fax: 312-280-2433



Laura Dare, Accreditation Manager
312-280-2435; 800-545-2433, x2435

Karen O'Brien, Director
312-280-2434; 800-545-2433, x2434



The ALA Office for Accreditation (OA) serves the general public, students, employers, and library and information studies Master's programs through the promotion and advancement of education in library and information studies.

The ALA Office for Accreditation:

  • Ensures fair and equitable accreditation reviews of library and information studies programs,
  • Provides external review and validation of master's level library and information studies programs,
  • Promotes diversity and inclusiveness in library and information studies education,
  • Consults and assists in the development and advancement of library and information studies education,
  • Communicates with constituencies regarding activities,
  • Anticipates and prepares for the changing environment and the future needs of constituencies,
  • Manages our operations and resources to be effective, responsive and relevant.


Responsibilities of the Office for Accreditation include: