February 12, 2015 update:
The ALA Council approved for adoption the 2015 Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies on February 2 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.
Brought forward into the new Standards with greater clarity is the emphasis on planning, assessment, and evaluation to sustain quality. The requirement to demonstrate how the results of evaluation are applied is now a culminating aspect of each of the standards.
The five-plus-year review process included three drafts issued for comment. The final, approved version of the Standards reflects suggestions from all sectors of the profession, including, most notably, employers of library and information studies program graduates, library and information studies program faculty and students, the ALA Council and Executive Board, and affiliated associations.
Implementation of the 2015 Standards begins immediately for programs with comprehensive review visits in spring 2017 and later. Programs currently in the comprehensive review cycle will continue to report to the 2008 Standards until after the accreditation decision is made.
January 23, 2015 update:
The Committee on Accreditation (COA) has approved the revision of the Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies. The COA will present this revision to the ALA Council for adoption at Council II on Monday, February 2, 2015, 10:00am, MCP-W375e/skyline.
October 25, 2014 update:
The comment collection period has ended. The ALA Committee on Accreditation (COA) will consider comments received as it prepares the final revision of the Standards. The COA will present the final revision to the ALA Council for adoption at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.
August 1, 2014 update:
The ALA Committee on Accreditation (COA) has released a third draft revision of the 2008 Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies for comment through October 24, 2014. The draft provides further clarification and incorporates many of the suggestions received on the prior drafts, released May 14, 2014 and December 6, 2013. The draft is the result of more than five years of review involving research, analysis, and discussion among COA members and stakeholders virtually and face-to-face.
The 2013-14 COA Chair, Barbara Moran (Wilson Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and the 2014-15 COA Chair, Mary Stansbury (Associate Professor and Chair, University of Denver) met with the ALA Executive Board at the ALA 2014 Annual Meeting and received the recommendation to release a third draft for comment, given the time available before the fall 2014 COA fall meeting in November. At the fall meeting, the COA will consider any additional comments and prepare a version for ALA Council review for adoption at the ALA 2015 Midwinter Meeting. That version will be available here, beginning Dec 5, 2014.
Comments on the third draft can be made directly on this page. In order to comment, enter a user name and email address in the Leave a Comment section (at the very bottom of this page). You are not required to enter any information in the website field. Your email address will not be visible to others viewing the blog, but your user name will. If you wish to remain anonymous, choose your user name accordingly. To prevent spam from appearing on the site, all comments must first be approved by the site administrator. There may be a lag time before your comment appears on the site. Comments may also be made by email to by email to accred (at) ala.org.
May 14, 2014 update:
The second draft of the revised Standards for Accreditation of Masterâ€™s Programs in Library and Information Science, based on comment received since December 2013, is now available for review and final comment through October 24, 2014. Interested constituents are also invited to meet with the Committee on Accreditation to provide comment on the second draft revision at the ALA Annual Conference at 4:30pm on Sunday, June 29, 2014, in room N218 of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
In this second draft, a new approach to the Standards will be immediately apparent by the changes to the structure. The Introduction is now presented in sections that explain purposes and scope, terminology, approach, and the philosophy of program review. Systematic planning has been placed front and center as Standard I; and the final standard, VI: Assessment and Evaluation, provides for program-level synthesis. This draft is a culmination of efforts for more than five years involving research and gathering of input and feedback.
At its fall meeting in November 2014, the Committee will take comments on the second draft into consideration as it prepares the final version for ALA Council review for adoption at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting. Comments received related to Accreditation Process, Policies, and Procedures (AP3) are under consideration separately.
December 11, 2013:
Throughout the standards-development process, the COA seeks, receives, and uses comments and suggestions from the communities of interest in both the United States and Canada. We welcome and encourage you to comment on the second DRAFT Standards.
The COA held a virtual town hall webinar on the first DRAFT revised Standards for Accreditation of Masterâ€™s Programs in Library and Information Studies on February 20, 2014. You may view the recording here: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/p7rd84ts16n/.
Comments on the second draft can be made directly on this page. In order to comment, enter a user name and email address in the Leave a Comment section. You are not required to enter any information in the website field. Your email address will not be visible to others viewing the blog, but your user name will. If you wish to remain anonymous, choose your user name accordingly. To prevent spam from appearing on the site, all comments must first be approved by the site administrator. There may be a lag time before your comment appears on the site. Comments may also be made by email to by email to accred (at) ala.org.
The Committee on Accreditation will review commentary on the second draft at its fall 2014 meeting with the intent to bring a new version of the Standards to the ALA Council in 2015. Implementation of the new Standards by programs would begin with biennial narrative reports due in 2016 and with comprehensive reviews that have a site visit in 2018.
The comment collection period ended October 24, 2014. Thank you for your interest.