History and Accreditation

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History and Accreditation

The first Library Science course was taught at San José State University in 1928, and the School of Information first started offering a graduate degree in Library Science in 1954.

The Master’s degree in Library and Information Science program has been continuously accredited by the American Library Association since 1969. We invite you to find out more about our school’s ALA accreditation by reading reports from our most recent re-accreditation process.

In 2008, our school introduced a second graduate degree, the Master of Archives and Records Administration, and in 2012, we started offering a Post-Master’s Certificate in Library and Information Science program. An MS in Informatics was added in 2019.

In addition to ALA accreditation of the MLIS program, San José State University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

We invite you to read more about our school’s history, from its early beginnings at a public university located in the heart of Silicon Valley, to its transition to a fully online delivery model in 2009.

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History

“The SJSU School of Information has a rich history of innovation.”

The San José State University School of Information offers a rich history of innovation and a steadfast commitment to preparing our students for success in a rapidly changing profession.

In 1928, the first Library Science course was taught at San José State University. Three decades later, in 1954, the School of Information first started offering a graduate degree in Library Science.

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MLIS Program Reaccreditation in 2007

The MLIS program at the San José State University School of Information was reviewed for reaccreditation by the American Library Association in 2007 and was reaccredited at that time.

In preparation for the ALA reaccreditation review in 2007, our school developed a Program Presentation: SJSU iSchool 2007 Program Presentation [ PDF: 312 pages; 3.4 MB]

The ERP shared the results of their review in the April 2007 External Review Panel Report [ PDF: 23 pages; 147 KB].