SLIS Received Seven-Year Accreditation From ALA


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, Leadership and Human Resource Development, and the University Laboratory School.”

“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,”said Paskoff.

“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.

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