Does accreditation matter? - an employer perspective

Dr Vicki Williamson

Concurrent session 21
Thursday 1 September 2016, 11:00am - 11:55am


The presentor has worked professionally in universities and libraries in both Australia and Canada, including leadership positions in several academic libraries and related professional associations.  The North American experience of recently completing a four year term as the Canadian representative on the American Library Association (ALA), Committee on Accreditation (COA) during the period of significant review of the ALA Accreditation Standards, provides important context for this presentation. From this experience and perspective, the presentation overviews the accreditation standards and process from an employer's perspective.  In particular, it discusses what accreditation represents for employers and what it doesn't; what accreditation offers employers (and perspective employers) and what, in an increasingly globalized profession, are some challenges ahead for accreditation processes.


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