SLIS MLIS Receives Continued ALA Accreditation for Seven Years

September 6, 2022

BATON ROUGE – The Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS) program in the School of Library & Information Science (SLIS) 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. SLIS 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 Drs. Barry and Benoit 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 SLIS faculty, staff, students, alumni, and employers.  

According to the SLIS Director, Dr. Carol Barry, “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 SLIS faculty to the profession.” 

Dr. Roland Mitchell, Dean of the College of Human Sciences and 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.”