What is ALA accreditation and why does it matter?

“Assuring quality, innovation, and value in library and information studies education”

The American Library Association (ALA) accredits master’s programs in library and information studies across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Accreditation is achieved through a review process conducted by an external review panel of practitioners and academics that verifies that the program meets the Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies.

Graduating from an ALA-accredited program provides flexibility in the types of libraries and jobs you can apply for and enhances career mobility. Many employers require an ALA-accredited master’s degree for professional level positions, and some states require an ALA-accredited degree to work as a professional librarian in public or school libraries.” (Source, Office for Accreditation: ALA website)

The Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program at the University of Pittssburgh School of Computing and Information has been continuously accredited by ALA since 1964. The program began in 1901 as the Training School for Children’s Librarians at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and it received its first accreditation in 1926 by the Board of Education for Librarianship of the American Library Association when it was a part of the then Carnegie Library School. The MLIS Program was successfully re-accredited for seven years in 2013.

The faculty and staff of the School of Computing and Information are pleased that our highly-ranked MLIS program continues to meet the standards for ALA accreditation and provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary for successful careers in the Information Sciences.

A profile of students who were admitted to the MLIS program in Fall Term 2015 and information about the types of institutions and positions in which graduates of this class are working can be found in the following documents: Student Profile and Institutions/Positions of our Graduates. For additional information regarding student outcome data, please contact Dr. Bruce Childers, Chair, Department of Information Culture and Data Stewardship.