The American Library Association accredits master’s programs in Library and Information Science in North America. Accreditation ensures quality instruction for future information professionals. Employers typically require that professionals graduate from an ALA-Accredited institution.
We were re-accredited for the full seven-year period by the American Library Association in January 2016 at the ALA midwinter meeting; our next accreditation will be during the fall 2022 semester.
The University of Hawaii Master of Library and Information Science (MLISc) Degree Program was first accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) in 1967 and was re-accredited under new standards in 1974, 1980, 1986, 1994, 2000, 2009, and 2016. A key step in the accreditation process is the Program Presentation written by the Library and Information Science Program and submitted to the ALA Committee on Accreditation. Each report is a snapshot of the program’s strategic planning, goals, objectives, and achievements.
Below is a selection of our accreditation documentation from 1999, 2008, and 2015.
2015 ALA Accreditation Documents
- 2015 Program Presentation
- External Review Panel Report
- Notification of Continued Accreditation Status from the ALA Office for Accreditation
1999 Program Presentation
- Introduction – Cover, preface, table of contents
- Chapter 1 – Organizational Context
- Chapter 2 – Mission, Goals and Objectives
- Chapter 3 – The Planning Process
- Chapter 4 – Curriculum
- Chapter 5 – Students
- Chapter 6 – Faculty
- Chapter 7 – Physical Resources
- Chapter 8 – Administration and Finance
- Chapter 9 – Toward the Future