On June 29, 2008, the American Library Association Committee on Accreditation voted to release the program from its conditional status and grant reaccreditation for the full seven years to the program leading to a Master’s of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree at Dominican University. The accreditation status of the program explicitly includes all sites offering courses that are part of the program listed above.
A Celebration of Reaccreditation was held in Parmer Hall Atrium on September 12, 2008 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with faculty, staff, students, advisory board and Alumni Council Members, and friends of the program, along with President Donna Carroll made remarks and helped celebrate.
On Thursday, November 6th, the Executive Committee of the Dominican University Board of Trustees approved the university’s proposal to award a PhD in library and information science. With this approval in hand, Dominican University will now submit paperwork to the appropriate accreditation agencies, seeking degree authorization by the end of next semester.
This offering has been considered in recent years in response to the fact that the field of library science is growing in complexity, and since metropolitan Chicago has one of the largest populations of librarians in the country. A market feasibility study commissioned in 2007 confirmed the demand for the PhD, so with the hard work of our faculty committee consisting of Karen Brown, Bill Crowley, Mary Pat Fallon, Christine Hagar, Debra Mitts-Smith, Kanti Srikantaiah, Michael Stephens and the committee chair, Steven Herb, it is closer to becoming a reality.