For immediate release | February 21, 2013

COA announces accreditation actions

CHICAGO —The Committee on Accreditation (COA) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces accreditation actions taken at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

Continued accreditation status was granted to the following programs:

  • Master of Arts in Information Resources and Library Science program at the University of Arizona;
  • Master of Library and Information Studies program at Dalhousie University;
  • Master of Science and Master of Arts programs at the Florida State University.

The next comprehensive review visit at each institution is scheduled to occur in 2019.

Conditional accreditation status was granted to the following program:

  • Master of Science in Library and Information Science program at Long Island University.

The next comprehensive review visit is scheduled to occur in 2015.

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 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.


Laura Dare

Assistant Director

Office for Accreditation (OA)

800-545-2433 ext.2435