08/08/2012 02:45 PM
BATON ROUGE – The LSU School of Library and Information Science, or SLIS, has received
the full seven-year accreditation from the Committee on Accreditation of the American
Library Association, or ALA, after a year of review.
“Accreditation is essential because our students can only be eligible for jobs if
they have graduated from a Masters of Library and Information Science program that
is accredited by the ALA,” said SLIS Director Beth Paskoff. “Our degree has been
accredited since the School of Library & Information Science was created in 1931.”
Preparation for the accreditation review took more than a year. In February, a lengthy
and detailed program presentation was submitted by SLIS to the Committee on Accreditation
of the ALA. In March, a six-member external review panel spent three days at LSU to
meet with students, alumni, employers, faculty and members of the university administration.
On Saturday, June 24, Paskoff met with the COA at the annual ALA conference to discuss
SLIS, especially regarding the changes taking place as SLIS was realigned as part
of a new college, the College of Human Sciences and Education.
“They asked probing questions about the future of SLIS, our support by the university
and our status as we become part of a larger college,” said Paskoff.
“The school has a long history of preparing outstanding professionals throughout this
region and has gained recognition for the quality of its graduates and for its program
accessibility through distance learning,” said Laura Lindsay, dean of the College
of Human Sciences and Education. “As part of the new college, we expect this tradition
to continue and to grow through partnerships with the schools of Education, Kinesiology,
Social Work, Human Resource Education and Workforce Development, and the University
“I am very pleased that we have been accredited for another seven years,” said Paskoff.
“This is recognition that the MLIS program is strong and successful.”
“The reaffirmation of the schools’ accreditation with a seven-year window reinforces
the importance of the contribution this program makes to Louisiana,” said Lindsay.
The School of Library & Information Science provides the only accredited master of
library & information science degree program in Louisiana. It prepares qualified individuals
for positions of responsibility in public and private libraries, archives and other
information organizations that provide a variety of services to their communities
and contribute to the advancement of knowledge in these fields.
For more information about the LSU School of Library and Information Science, please
For more information about the LSU College of Human Sciences and Education, visit www.lsu.edu/chse.
Posted on Wednesday, August 8, 2012