SLIS Accreditation Renewed by the American Library Association

ALA Committee on Accreditation renews the School's MLIS program accreditation for an unprecedented eight years. Next review scheduled for Spring 2028.

30 June 2020

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 2028. SLIS was awarded the full seven year renewal, plus a bonus year in light of COVID-19.

The completed Spring 2020 review process went very smoothly, notably marking the first in the School's history inclusive of our, original in Canada, online MLIS offering, and under the newest Standards for Accreditation of Master's Programs in Library and Information Studies approved by ALA Council in 2015. Our earned success is thanks to the hard work and heavy lifting by a veritable village of people.

Sincere appreciation is extended to our Dean Jennifer Tupper, the Accreditation Advisory Committee, the Accreditation Working Committee, the many individuals and groups who participated (in person and virtually) in the External Review Panel (ERP) site visit, and everyone who gave us their generous support along the way at the School, Faculty, and University levels, and well beyond into the broader professional community. Special thanks are owed to the following three people: Re-accreditation Administrator, Nancy Evans; Assistant Chair, Administration, Izabela Martyniak; and, Self-Study editor/auditor Cheryl Trepanier (MLIS 2019). Of course, we also owe important acknowledgment to the conditional time and efforts of the COA and the ERP.

In addition to the above, the University of Alberta has granted SLIS an exemption to the upcoming 2022-2023 Graduate Program Review; this exemption is based on the rigour and thoroughness of the accreditation process. Our congratulations to all parties who collaborated to make this accreditation review an outstanding success. The School also extends our thanks to outgoing Chair Toni Samek and outgoing Associate Chair Ali Shiri for their tireless contributions to SLIS.