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Discussion The Value of American Library Association-Accredited Master’s Programs in Library & Information Studies: Serving Our Communities Through a Professional Workforce

by Elizabeth Lieutenant on Sat, Oct 1, 2016 at 02:08 pm

Attached, the white paper that was mentioned during our discussion at ALAAC.

From the ALA:

In June 2016, the American Library Association commissioned John Bertot Consulting to prepare a white paper on the value of the ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) degree. Bertot Consulting was invited to prepare the white paper because of Bertot’s work on the 2015 study Re-Envisioning the MLS: Findings, Issues and Considerations (University of Maryland, College of Information Studies).

Attached, the white paper that was mentioned during our discussion at ALAAC.

From the ALA:

In June 2016, the American Library Association commissioned John Bertot Consulting to prepare a white paper on the value of the ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) degree. Bertot Consulting was invited to prepare the white paper because of Bertot’s work on the 2015 study Re-Envisioning the MLS: Findings, Issues and Considerations (University of Maryland, College of Information Studies).

For the ALA white paper, Bertot and co-author Lindsay C. Sarin were asked to explore and answer the following questions based on their extensive research which included interviews with librarians and educators:

    • What is the value of an ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) degree?
    • What aptitudes, competencies, and abilities do MLIS degree-holding professionals possess that are unique to those degree holders?
    • What set of values do ALA-accredited MLIS-holding professionals hold that enable them to serve their respective communities in ways that other professional degree holders cannot?

Their white paper, delivered on September 1, 2016, responds to these questions.

http://www.ala.org/educationcareers/sites/ala.org.educationcareers/files...

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File ASIST-2016-AccreditationSession

by Tula Giannini (non-member) on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 09:52 am

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Discussion ALA Annual Meeting Notes

by Elizabeth Lieutenant on Fri, Jul 8, 2016 at 09:31 pm

As requested, my notes from the following ALA Annual meetings and sessions:

As requested, my notes from the following ALA Annual meetings and sessions:

The Task Force notes are reported in full, while the ERP/COA notes are summarized and evaluative in nature.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!

Elizabeth

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Discussion ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Final Report

by Elizabeth Lieutenant on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 07:48 pm

Hi all. Attached, the ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Final Report. The Task Force developed a number of recommendations, specifically related to "Recruitment, Education, and Retention" (section 6, p. 12), that may be relevant to our work. 

File COD-and-Future-Accreditation-Call-2016-May-31

by Peter Hepburn on Thu, Jun 2, 2016 at 10:46 am

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Discussion Updated Roster

by Mary Ghikas on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 04:42 pm

The updated roster for the TF is attached.  mg

The Special Task Force on the Context of Future Accreditation is charged to develop a white paper that describes the fields and context for which we will be accrediting in the future and to make such recommendations as may arise in the process of that development to the ALA Executive Board.

The discussion should address:

  • Accreditation of information programs -- who is doing what, how do or might they relate to LIS programs; disconnect (or perceived disconnect) between skills increasingly needed (e.g., information architecture), the current curricula of LIS programs, and standards/statements of core competencies currently in place;
  • Values -- e.g. public access, privacy, intellectual freedom -- as common threads binding together LIS and related fields and a core element in curricula; and,
  • The changing institutional context for accreditation, including factors such as pedagogical innovation, assessment and resources.

The discussion/white paper should result in a conceptual statement as a framework for the development (by the ALA Committee on Accreditation) of future standards.

Timeline:  The Task Force will make an interim report to the ALISE Board of Directors and the ALA Executive Board in January 2016, with a final report to the ALA Executive Board at the 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando.

 

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