Tuesday, 15:30



Nadia Caidi, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Seamus Ross, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Louise Spiteri, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada
Lynn Connaway, OCLC, Dublin, OH, USA
Peter Hepburn, College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, CA, USA
Kristin Eschenfelder, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA


The landscape of education in Library and Information Science (LIS) is shifting as the ways in which information is managed and used in society evolves. As these changes happen how we validate our educational programs needs to change as well. Discussion about the ways in which accreditation of LIS education programs is currently conducted has become an increasingly contested issue within the Information community. This panel will examine the current approaches to accreditation, sketch the progress that has been made on accreditation reform, consider what educational institutions and the LIS community are seeking to achieve with accreditation, and conclude by considering the next steps for ASIS&T and the information community as we press forward with efforts to reform accreditation.