The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) is deliberating a revision to standards related to the accreditation of academic institutions.  MLS members raised concerns that the revised draft standards do not fully represent the unique contributions of the library to higher education outcomes.  Kelly Jo Woodside, MLS Advisor, took the lead on gathering information and formulating an MLS statement to NEASC to seek reconsideration (see Letter to NEASC).  Several other stakeholders have also raised this concern with the draft NEASC standards, e.g., ACRL/NE, BLC, MCCLPHEI, MLA, and NELA.

As MLS deliberated this issue internally, Executive Board members noted that a similar situation may be the result with upcoming revised standards for school libraries.  April Mazza, MLS Advisor, and I are reaching out to that community for feedback and further information.  MLS believes that strong libraries with professional staff are essential to education at all levels.

If you have suggestions or input for MLS on these matters, please let us know:

April Mazza, School Library Liaison 866-627-7228 x307 | april@masslibsystem.org

Kelly Jo Woodside, Academic Library Liaison 866-627-7228 x314 | kelly@masslibsystem.org

Greg Pronevitz, Executive Director 866-627-7228 x303 | greg@masslibsystem.org