The Library and Information Science program at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa was given a two year extension for its accreditation deadline by the American Library Association. The library science program was to be audited by the ALA in fall 2006. The extension is in response to the devastating floor which struck Hamilton Library October 30th. The flood washed away all of its accreditation documents as well as inflicted several million dollars worth of damage to the library.
The American Library Association represents librarians in the United States as well as overseeing accreditation standards for Library and Information Science Programs. In the United States and Canada, it is usual for a librarian to have a one- or two-year master’s degree in library science or information science from an accredited university.