History and Accreditation


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.

Dr. Anthony Chow

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, and the school’s first-ever bachelor’s degree program was created in 2020.

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


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].