This year—for the second time—Trevecca’s Master of Library and Information Science Program (MLIS) earned “national recognition” from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Programs (CAEP). This recognition is based on an institution’s research and its graduates’ demonstrated mastery of national standards. Trevecca’s MLIS Program is the only nationally recognized graduate program for librarians in the state of Tennessee.
Earning this recognition has great significance for graduates of Trevecca’s MLIS Program. Because they graduated from a “nationally recognized” program, their training will be recognized and honored in all 50 states, making them eligible to work as librarians in all 50 states on the basis of their degree from Trevecca.
“Receiving CAEP AASL National Recognition is extremely significant for a library preparation program. National Recognition denotes a rigorous curriculum which is aligned to national standards. Educators recognize the value of a standards based curriculum which allows graduates to be employable nationwide. Further, graduates are recognized among state and national professional library organizations and encouraged to become leaders. As potential students are looking for preparation programs, it is noteworthy that Trevecca is the only library program in Tennessee to receive this distinction,” explained Judy Bivens, director of the MLIS Program and an associate librarian at Trevecca.
Trevecca’s MLIS Program, which was started in 2000, earned its first “national recognition” in 2009, making it eligible to reapply every five years; that reapplication was made in 2013.
Now in its 14th year, the MLIS Program has had 17 cohorts of students to graduate, a total of more than 250 school librarians and public librarians. MLIS graduates have had a high rate of employment, according to Bivens.
Provost Steve Pusey spoke for Trevecca when he said, “As an institution that has been preparing outstanding school librarians in the State of Tennessee for more than 15 years, Trevecca Nazarene University is again pleased to be recognized nationally by the American Association of School Librarians and the national accrediting body for teacher education programs for the high quality of its graduate program in library and information science. Congratulations to the faculty and administrators in Waggoner Library and the School of Education, educators whose dedication to the program and its students over these many years have made this honor possible.”