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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

ALA Task Force on the Context of Future Accreditation Webinars

The ALA Task Force on the Context of Future Accreditation is charged to develop a white paper that describes the fields and context for which ALA will be accrediting in the future and to make such recommendations as may arise in the process of that development to the ALA Executive Board. Within its purview are:


  • Accreditation of information programs - who is doing what, how do or might they relate to library and information studies (LIS) programs; disconnect (or perceived disconnect) between skills increasingly needed (e.g., information architecture), the current curricula of LIS programs, and standards/statements of core competencies currently in place;
  • Values - e.g., public access, privacy, intellectual freedom - as common threads binding together LIS and related fields and a core element in curricula; and
  • The changing institutional context for accreditation, including factors such as pedagogical innovation, assessment and resources.
The discussion/white paper should result in a conceptual statement as a framework for the development (by the ALA Committee on Accreditation) of future standards.
The Task Force on the Context of Future Accreditation seeks broad input from the LIS community. To this end, the Task Force will be staging a series of online forums targeting certain populations and capped with a general forum for those who have not otherwise had an opportunity to contribute.
The four sessions are as follows:
Thursday, August 18, 10:00 am PDT/12:00 pm CDT, Target population: LIS faculty (other than deans and directors)
To attend this event please register at:
http://ala.adobeconnect.com/e29y9qkrq6t/event/registration.html
Thursday, August 25, 10:00 am PDT/12:00 pm CDT, Target population: Librarians and LIS graduates in Canada
To attend this event please register at:
http://ala.adobeconnect.com/e4ce2enqwbm/event/registration.html
Wednesday, August 31, 10:00 am PDT/12:00 pm CDT, Target population: Current LIS students and recent LIS graduates
To attend this event please register at:
http://ala.adobeconnect.com/e9diwl8lksi/event/registration.html
Friday, September 2, 10:00 am PDT/12:00 pm CDT, General forum
To attend this event please register at:
http://ala.adobeconnect.com/e96sg35oo59/event/registration.html<
Each forum will be hosted by a facilitator from the Task Force. Attendance at each forum will be capped at 100. The facilitator will have a set of guiding questions, but discussion is otherwise open. The conversation will be recorded.
Please contact Task Force Chair Peter Hepburn should you have questions about the Task Force or the content of the webinars.
Please contact Danielle Alderson, Member Relations/Services Specialist in the ALA Member Programs & Services Department, should you have technical or logistical questions about the webinars.