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School of Library and Information Management Accreditation

Accreditation

SLIM is American Library Association and Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation accredited .

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ENROLLMENT AND COMPLETION RATES

MLS Degree- All Sites

Number of Students Admitted

Number of Degrees Awarded

2011-2012


121



157

2012-2013


148



139

2013-2014


163



122

2014-2015


173



122

2015-2016


135



140

2016-2017


194



145

2017-2018


244



122

The MLS Program has an average retention rate of 89.5% with the majority of students completing the program in 2 years (6 semesters). Students are able to finish the program in as little as 4 semesters, or may take longer depending on their personal needs.

GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT AREAS

Library Type

Public Libraries

Academic Libraries

Other Information Agencies

School Libraries

Special Libraries

Government Libraries/Agencies

Retired

Other

Percentage of Graduates

24.14%

22.22%

5.17%

15.71%

6.5%

5.17%

12.5%

8.62%

Of Surveyed 2017 graduates, 82.5% (52/63 respondents) indicated that they held positions relevant to the degree field within 12 months of degree completion.

January 2018 Alumni Survey – 522 respondents out of 2610 SLIM alumni

Out of the respondents, slightly over 80% indicated that they have been employed in a professional position in a library or information agency for over one year (419/522, 80.3%). Of the 419 respondents who indicated being employed in a professional position for more than a year, 17.24% responded that they have been in such a position for more than a year, but less than five years (90/522). Another 18.58% have been a professional position for more than five years but less than ten years (97/522). Lastly, 44.44% of respondents indicated that they have been in a professional position for more than ten years (232/522).

Continued Accreditation through the American Library Association.

Emporia State University is the only university in Kansas with a Master of Library Science degree fully accredited by the American Library Association. This degree, along with a variety of certificates and a doctoral degree, prepares information professionals for careers in both libraries and other information organizations. We also offer a School Library Media Licensure program which is approved by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

PROGRAM ASSESSMENT

The 36-hour Master of Library Science (MLS) program offered by the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University includes seven required courses (21 credit hours), plus a required one-hour Capstone course. The remaining 14 hours are electives, some of which count toward concentrations, licensures, or certificates which allow student to tailor the program to meet their individual needs and goals.

The required core courses include information and instruction regarding theory, tools, practical application, and leadership development in order to prepare students for careers in a variety of library settings and information agencies.

ACCREDITATION DOCUMENTATION

Special Report from ALA Accreditation 2019.pdf

Biennial Narrative Report to Committee on Accreditation 2018.pdf

March 2017 Special Report From ALA Accreditation.pdf

Certificate of Accreditation 2016.pdf

Decision Letter 2016.pdf

Comprehensive Review for Accreditation 2015.pdf

Biennial Narrative Report to Committee on Accreditation 2013.pdf

Biennial Narrative Report to Committee on Accreditation 2011.pdf

Program Assessment of Student Learning (PASL) Summary 2010-2011.pdf

Certificate of Accreditation 2008.pdf