"Accreditation: Retool It or
Kill It," Blaise Cronin, Library Journal, June 15, 2000,
Discusses the lack of
consistancy in and issues surrounding the accreditation process used for schools
of information and library science. The article points out items such as
the Committee on Accreditation (COA)'s refusal to produce the criteria on which
their decisions are based, the drop in major private universities that have
library schools, and suggested changes for the accreditation
read this article, I didn't realize that the ALA's 1992 Standards for
Accreditation had much to do with a university's desire to house a school of
library science or not. I knew that there is a lack of library schools (at
least in Ohio-we have only ONE accredited MLS school!) I didn't know
why. I figured there was not enough demand for other universities to keep
their library schools running. According to this article, it seems that
the Accreditation Standards don't seem to fit with many universities' ideas, so
they just drop the program altogether. The article brought up the
question, "Why is this outside group (COA) able to control the number and
type of programs a university offers?" I think that's a good
question. I agree with Cronin that the ALA seems to be actually strangling
the profession that there are supposed to be protecting!
I think this is
a good article for people relatively new to the library field who lack knowledge
in the behind-the-scenes politics that go on in the library world. I found
this article to interesting and informative.
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