Draft 2022 ALA Standards revision
For Immediate Release
Office for Accreditation
American Library Association
CHICAGO — The Committee on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces that its ongoing review of the ALA 2015 Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies has culminated in a draft revision now available for comment from the link at 2022 Update to the ALA Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies (https://www.ala.org/aboutala/2022-update-ala-standards-accreditation-mas...)
About the Draft 2022 ALA Standards Revision
These Standards are limited in their application to the assessment of graduate programs of library and information studies that lead to a master's degree. Identified in the Standards are the indispensable components of library and information studies programs, while recognizing the rights and obligations programs have regarding initiative, experimentation, innovation, and individual programmatic differences. The Standards are indicative, not prescriptive, with the intent to foster excellence through a program’s development of criteria for evaluating effectiveness, developing and applying qualitative and quantitative measures of these criteria, analyzing data from measurements, and applying analysis to program improvement. The Standards stress innovation and encourage programs to take an active role in and concern for future developments and growth in the field.
The values of equity, diversity, and inclusion are referenced throughout the Standards because of their importance when framing goals and objectives, designing curricula, selecting and retaining faculty and students, and allocating resources.
The requirements of these Standards apply regardless of forms or locations of delivery of a 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.