School of Library and Information Studies

ALA Accreditation

The MLIS program at the University of Alberta is accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) Committee on Accreditation (COA), with the status of Continued accreditation. The next comprehensive review visit is scheduled for Spring 2020.

In January 2020 the Self-Study (2013-2020) was submitted to the ALA Committee on Accreditation. 

ALA accreditation indicates that the program meets or exceeds the Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies, established by the COA and approved by ALA Council. The accreditation process involves rigorous, ongoing self-evaluation by the program and verification of evidence through an external review. The COA evaluates each program for compliance with the Standards, which currently address systematic planning; curriculum; faculty; students; administration, finances, and resources. Since the School's accreditation in 2013, the ALA adopted new standards in February 2015.

See the ALA's Accreditation FAQ for more information. 

History of Accreditation at SLIS

The School’s Bachelor of Library Science (BLS) program was first accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) Committee on Accreditation (COA) in 1970 and thus recognized by ALA and the Canadian Library Association (CLA) as meeting North American library education standards. In 1976, in keeping with the Canadian pattern of education for librarianship, the two-year Master of Library Science (MLS) program was established. SLIS was then reaccredited in multi-year cycles in 1979, 1986, 1992, 1999, 2006, and 2013. The Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA) has succeeded in the former CLA’s role in supporting the accreditation process. 

Info Session: All About Accreditation 2020

On January 09, 2019 SLIS hosted an accreditation information session for students in the program, available for students and other interested SLIS stakeholders.