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Dr. Vicki L. Gregory at ALA as COA Chair [PRISM,Spring 2010]

Presiding: Dr. Vicki L. Gregory.

The Committee on Accreditation is presenting another program in a series to help members of the profession better understand the issues behind accreditation. The program will be held at ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, June 27, 4:00pm – 5:30pm,

Dr. Vicki L. Gregory, Chair, ALA Committee on Accreditation, and Professor, School of Library and Information Science, University of South Florida:

Accreditation or certification?

Accreditation and certification can easily be confused. Broadly defined, accreditation is for the program while certification is for the individual. Back in my administrator days when I was hiring librarians, I remember how an applicant’s work or research record might cause me to wonder what the LIS program from which they graduated had been doing or (mostly) not doing. Accreditation cannot ensure, nor is it intended to be a method of ensuring, that every student who graduates from an accredited program will be a great librarian or information professional.  Read more in PRISM,

–KdlPMc

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