Accreditation

American Library Association Accreditation SealThe Master of Library and Information Science program at The University of Southern Mississippi is accredited by the American Library Association (ALA). It is the only program in the state to hold this distinction. Licensure of the school library media specialist is recognized by the state of Mississippi. The Professional Education Unit at The University of Southern Mississippi is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The School Library Media Specialist Master's program is accredited by the American Library Association (ALA).


The University of Southern Mississippi is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Through institutional or faculty memberships, the School of Library and Information Science is affiliated with the American Library Association, American Association of School Librarians, American Society of Indexers, American Society for Information Science and Technology, Association for Library and Information Science Education, International Reading Association, Public Library Association, Special Libraries Association, Southeastern Library Association, Mississippi Library Association, Society of American Archivists and the Society of Mississippi Archivists.

More information on accreditation:

Program Presentation for The Committee on Accreditation of The American Library Association January 16, 2012

ALA's accreditation standards, policies, and procedures 

Why is accreditation important? 

Standards for Accreditation