Contact Information

School of Information Studies
Desmarais Building
55 Laurier Ave. East,
11th Floor 
Ottawa ON Canada
K1N 6N5

Tel. : 613-562-5130
Fax : 613-562-5854
esis@uOttawa.ca

Office Hours
Monday to Friday

September to May
8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.
1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

June to August
8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

ALA Accreditation

January 28th 2014 UPDATE: Please note the Master of Information Studies (M.I.S.) program has just recently been fully accredited by the American Library Association.  

ÉSIS Accreditation 2012-2013

The University of Ottawa’s School of Information Studies (ÉSIS) is seeking initial accreditation for its newly established Master of Information Studies program. This accreditation is being sought from the American Library Association’s Committee on Accreditation (COA).

As part of this process, ÉSIS is currently preparing for its scheduled 2012-2013 comprehensive program review. This webpage exists to inform the ÉSIS community, the School’s constituents and stakeholders, colleagues, and other interested persons of our preparations for the accreditation process currently underway at ÉSIS.
We welcome and appreciate any comments or feedback concerning the process.


What is ALA Accreditation?

Accreditation is a voluntary system of evaluation. It is a collegial process based on self-evaluation and peer-assessment for improvement of academic quality and public accountability. Accreditation by the ALA’s Committee on Accreditation (COA) assures that master’s programs in library and information studies meet appropriate standards of quality and integrity. Visit the ALA's Accreditation FAQ page for more information.


The ALA Accreditation Process

The comprehensive review includes the development of two key documents:

  • The Plan for Program Presentation (due October 1, 2012), which outlines the process that ÉSIS will follow as it prepares for accreditation review, and
  • The Program Presentation (due August 19, 2013), an outcomes-assessment document that includes information derived from ongoing self-analysis, evaluation, and assessment regarding faculty and student achievements as well as educational outcomes that demonstrate the program’s success in attaining its objectives and its continued compliance with the six (6) ALA Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies.

The self-evaluation process culminates in a review and site visit by an External Review Panel (ERP) on Sept 30-Oct 1, 2013.


Accreditation Timeline


October 1, 2012

Plan for Program Presentation due 

June 2, 2013

Draft Program Presentation due

August 19, 2013

Final Program Presentation due

Sept 30-Oct 1, 2013

External Review Panel (ERP) Site Visit

Late October, 2013

Draft External Review Panel Report due

Mid November, 2013

Final External Review Panel Report due

January 24-28, 2014

COA, ERP Chair, and ÉSIS Director meet at the ALA Mid-winter Conference Philadelphia, PA

Mid February 2014

ALA Office for Accreditation sends COA decision document to ÉSIS


Note: This page includes information adapted from the ALA’s Office for Accreditation website and the Committee on Accreditation’s Accreditation Process Policies & Procedures (3rd edition)

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Last updated: 2014.01.31