January 28, 2022

Conference Poster & Datasets: “Recipes for Success: Comparing ALA-Accredited MLIS Programs”

The following poster, loaded with data about LIS programs, was presented at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference.


Recipes for Success: Comparing ALA-Accredited MLIS Programs


Mandi Goodsett
Cleveland State University


Cleveland State University Institutional Repository


Discussion about the MLIS degree and what could be done to produce well-prepared new librarians for the workforce abounds in the current literature. As the ALA Committee on Accreditation re-evaluates its standards, and frustrated librarians continue to add to the over 150 comments on the Library Journal editorial “Can We Talk about the MLS?” by Michael Kelley, the time to re-evaluate the MLIS degree has arrived. In order to effectively move forward, however, a gap in the literature must be addressed: an overview of the MLIS as it currently stands is needed.

This poster presents data about the current requirements, opportunities, and structure of 60 of the 64 ALA-accredited library science programs as a basis of comparison and a foundation for future change.

The data were gathered through investigation of program websites and direct consultation of program administration personnel. The results show existing trends among programs in required courses, services and opportunities available for students, online vs. in-person courses offered, and admission requirements.

The information gathered in this study may be useful to library school administrators and faculty, those in libraries responsible for hiring and/or training new LIS professionals, recent LIS graduates, those in LIS graduate programs, and those considering which LIS program to attend.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.