Library Employment and Foreign Credentials

Foreign Credentials

The American Library Association (ALA) does not conduct evaluations of transcripts or credentials or make recognition decisions. We also cannot serve as a channel of appeal for persons dissatisfied with evaluations.

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:

The ALA Office for  Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) has identified the following agencies that, for a fee, will evaluate foreign credentials. Ultimately, it is up to the employer to determine whether or not to accept a foreign degree as equivalent to an ALA-accredited master's.

Please note carefully that ALA cannot recommend a specific agency, nor does the provision of this information in any way imply ALA's endorsement of the results of the evaluation.  The resource links provided here are solely for information purposes and to help in locating potential evaluators.


Library Employment

Types of library jobs

How to apply for a Library Job (opens in new window)

International Exchanges-Employment Opportunities  


Jobs in Library and Information Technology

LIBJOBS Listserv (opens in new window)


Related Links

Human Resource Development and Recruitment Office (HRDR)

Office for Accreditation