Department of Information & Library Science

Program Assessment

Accredited by the American Library Association

The Department of Information & Library Science has been accredited by the American Library Association since 1951. The last accreditation review was in 2012, with the next review planned for Spring 2019. 

Recruitment & Retention

Fall 2016 ILS Applicants
Program Total Application Number Admitted Number Enrolled
Master of Library Science 163 142 66
Master of Information Science 76 54 22
Ph.D. in Information Science 29 9 2
Specialist in Library & Information Science 3 2 2
Graduate Certificate in Information Architecture 0 0 0
Non-Degree Seeking 2 2 1
Total: 273 209 93

The retention rate from Fall 2015 to Fall 2016 for the Fall 2015 class was 100 percent for MLS students and Ph.D. students and 53 percent for MIS students. Of the nine MIS students that left the program, seven transferred to other programs in the School of Informatics and Computing. 

This past year, the Department of Information and Library Science (ILS) met with various organizations and groups on campus to expand and diversify the pool of applicants and, ultimately, the admitted student population. The department hosted an open house for undergraduate students on campus and attended the Graduate School Fair hosted at Indiana University.

ILS attended the 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference for the first time as an exhibitor. At the conference, Assistant Professor of Information Science Devan Donaldson represented the department at a diversity recruitment event. He also met with student workers from libraries in the Atlanta area.

ILS also participated in the “Getting You into IU” diversity recruitment event hosted by the IU University Graduate School, at which prospective students met with current students, faculty, staff, and IU librarians.

In 2017, ILS plans to continue developing partnerships with campus groups while also targeting public libraries, academic research libraries, and university/college career centers across the state to recruit high quality, diverse students.

Graduation & Placement

100 percent of MIS graduates from Summer 2015-Spring 2016 secured employment within six months of graduation.

93 percent of MLS graduates from Summer 2015-Spring 2016 secured employment or continuing education within six months of graduation.

# of Degrees Granted from Summer 2015-Spring 2016
July 2015 December 2015 Spring 2016 Summer 2015-Spring 2016
Master of Library Science 15 18 27 60
Master of Information Science 5 4 13 22
Ph.D. in Information Science 2 0 2 4
Total 22 22 42 86

For more information on placement of ILS graduates, view the most recent MIS & MLS Hiring and Post-Graduation Reports prepared by the School of Informatics & Computing Career Services Office. Access the reports in full pdf here:

The Department submits biennial reports to ALA as part of maintaining accreditation status. Access the two most recent reports here (note that the Bloomington campus was previously accredited with the IUPUI campus):