Graduate Library and Information Science Distance Education Information Resource
Information on careers and education is available at http://www.ala.org/ala/educationcareers/education/index.cfm.
In addition to the searchable directory, the Guidelines for Choosing a Master’s Program in Library and Information Studies section provides background on accreditation, admission requirements, curriculum, specialization, financial aid and placement services. The American Library Association is the official organization which grants accreditation to institutions awarding graduate degrees for the library profession. Programs are reviewed periodically. Conditional accreditation is a status assigned to a program that must make changes to comply with the 1992 Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies to enable accreditation beyond the date specified by the Committee of Accreditation. Please note, the programs with conditional accreditation are fully accredited under the standards.
The ALA website provides links to a directory of programs in the United States and Canada. Each entry in the directory includes contact information, the name of the accredited program, date through which it is accredited, and the distance education opportunities. Distance learning/education includes traditional extension with faculty on-site, through interactive video, the Internet, or other technologies. Students should verify with the program the extent to which a full master’s program can be completed off-site. Distance education offerings change frequently, so prospective students should inquire with the program for the most current information.