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  • Educational Information and Library Studies Accreditations and Affiliations

    The Educational Information and Library Studies program fully aligns to the Pennsylvania Department of Education K-12 Library Science certification.  Candidates can earn this instructional I certification with or without initial teacher certification.    

    Is this program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA)?
     
    No. Saint Vincent College’s Master of Science in Educational Information and Library Studies
    (EL&IS) is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and accredited by
    Middle States Commission on Higher Education. For reasons noted below we do not seek
    accreditation by the American Library Association.
     
    Unlike a traditional Master of Library Science degree (MLS), Saint Vincent College’s EL&IS
    program is focused exclusively on preparation for school librarianship and community educational
    library providers. In contrast, ALA-accredited schools require courses on all aspects of
    librarianship and information science with emphasis separate from educating children, parent and
    community program development, and curriculum. Like Saint Vincent, an ALA program desiring to
    offer school library science certification must also be approved by the PA Department of Education.
    ALA additionally requires universities to employ full-time, information science college professors
    with PhDs or similar, rather than practicing school librarians and library providers with years of
    experience and resources to assist candidates.
     
    For the reasons above, in addition to being a small and private college, Saint Vincent feels that
    focusing on school and community employment needs and our children strengthens the program.
    The skills learned at Saint Vincent will prepare candidates for the 21st century and for professional
    library careers that allow for creativity, program development, and direct interaction with children
    and young adults. Saint Vincent College’s EI&LS program exceeds all of the PDE guidelines for
    Library Science K-12, and our passing rate on the Library Science Praxis exam is 100%.
    Saint Vincent College library science graduates have been hired across Westmoreland County and
    the State. Candidates desiring to stay in Pennsylvania and work with children have greater
    opportunities when graduating from Saint Vincent.
     
    These are some of the local employers that have offered positions to our library science graduates:
    • Hempfield Area School District: Elementary Library
    • Jeannette School District: Middle and High School Library
    • Greater Latrobe School District: Junior and Senior High School Library
    • Ferndale School District: Elementary Library
    • Cambria Vocational Training Institute: Professional Library
    • St. Francis University: Assistant Reference Librarian
    • Norwin School District: High School Library
    • Greensburg Dioceses of Catholic Schools: Aquinas Academy Library
    • Adams Memorial Library: Children’s Library
    • Greensburg-Hempfield Public Library: Children’s Library
    • Somerset Hospital Community Education Library
     
    If you are interested in school libraries, community educational programming, working directly with
    children and young adults, and K-12 education then the Saint Vincent program will provide you the
    training needed for an exciting career. As you can see from the list above, the ALA accreditation
    has not prevented our candidates from employment in educational and library settings. If your
    career goal is to work in a college or other type of library then you should pursue an ALA accredited
    MLS.