Foreign Credentials Evaluation Assistance



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Dear Job Seeker,

Thank you for your recent inquiry regarding an evaluation of your international degree in library and information science.

The policy of the American Library Association (ALA) states:

"The master's degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association (or from a master's level program in library and information studies accredited or recognized by the appropriate national body of another country) is the appropriate professional degree for librarians."

The American Library Association 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:

 

If you are aware of an appropriate national body within your country of origin who recognizes programs, please provide us with that information. In lieu of such an agency, there are a number of independent agencies in the U.S. which evaluate international credentials. Contact information for several larger non-profit firms is listed below.

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.

  • American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
    International Education Services--Foreign Education Credential Service
    One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 520
    Washington, DC 20036
    Tel: (202) 293-9161
    Fax: (202) 872-8857
    Email: oies@aacrao.org
    Website: http://www.aacrao.org/credential/index.htm

  • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
    P.O. Box 514070
    Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
    Phone: 414-289-3412
    Fax: 414-289-3411
    Web site: http://www.ece.org

  • World Education Services, Inc.
    P.O. Box 745
    Old Chelsea Station
    New York, NY 10113-0745
    Phone: 800-937-3895
    Fax: 212-966-6395
    E-mail: INFO@WES.ORG
    Website: http://www.wes.org

I wish you the best in your future library career.

If I can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact me at bcalvin@ala.org or via phone at 800/545/2433 ext. 4280.

Sincerely,


Beatrice Calvin
Program Officer for Placement and Recruitment
ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment


 

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In an effort to assist individuals and employers with the evaluation of foreign credentials in the study of library and information studies, received outside of the United States and Canada, the HRDR offers resources.