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Re: Foreign MLS? J Shore (05 Apr 2004 17:46 UTC)

Re: Foreign MLS? J Shore 05 Apr 2004 17:46 UTC


Most locales say they require an ALA-accredited MLS or its

The ALA's web site ( includes a section on
Education and Careers that includes this on Foreign
"Q: I have a degree from a foreign institution. How can I
find out if it is equivalent to an ALA-accredited
master's? What courses or tests can I take to be
A: Ultimately, it is up to the employer to determine
whether or not to accept a foreign degree as equivalent to
an ALA-accredited master's. There is no set of courses or
tests to take to be "accredited." The ALA Office for Human
Resource Development and Recruitment has identified
agencies that, for a fee, will evaluate foreign

I suggest your policy should allow for equivalent degrees
and point to these services with some requirement for the
candidate to prove their degree is equivalent.


J. Shore
Systems Librarian - MEDLINE Quality Assurance
National Library of Medicine
Bethesda, MD, USA