SIS Receives Continued ALA Accreditation for Seven Years
September 06, 2022
BATON ROUGE - The Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS) program in the School of Information Studies (SIS) received continued accreditation status from the American Library Association (ALA) through 2029. ALA currently accredits 67 programs at 63 institutions in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. SIS offers the only ALA accredited MLIS program in Louisiana and has been continuously accredited since 1932.
The affirmation from ALA followed a year long process that included a rigorous self-study, a virtual site visit by the external review panel, and a meeting with the ALA Committee on Accreditation in Washington, DC. During the site visit, the external review team met with over 85 stakeholders including LSU administration and staff and SIS faculty, staff, students, alumni, and employers.
According to the Carol Barry, director School of Information Studies, “I am of course very pleased that ALA has continued the School’s accreditation for a further seven years. This decision is a reflection of the quality of our programs and students, the accomplishments of our alumni, and the many contributions of the SIS faculty to the profession.”
Roland Mitchell, dean of the College of Human Sciences & Education, notes, “This notice from the American Library Association is the pinnacle of recognition in this discipline. This is a nationally recognized seal of approval that signifies rigor and excellence for students, parents, university administrators, governing boards and our many community partners.”
The LSU School Information Studies (SIS) provides a 100% online prestigious education in library and information science. It is the home of the Master of Library & Information Science, which is the only program accredited by the American Library Association in the state of Louisiana. SIS also offers a dual degree with the Department of History, an undergraduate minor, and three graduate certificate options. SIS is a member of the iSchools, a group of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field. SIS is part of the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education.
The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Information Studies, the School of Kinesiology the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree and/or certificate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 1,120 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.