Methodology: Best Library and Information Studies Rankings
Find out how U.S. News ranks graduate library and information studies programs
By Robert Morse
U.S. News ranked 51 master's degree programs in library and information studies in the U.S. that are accredited by the American Library Association. The rankings are based solely on the results of a fall 2012 survey sent to the dean of each program, the program director and a senior faculty member in each program.
The peer assessment questionnaires asked individuals to rate the academic quality of programs at other institutions on a scale of 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding). Individuals who were unfamiliar with a particular school's programs were asked to select "don't know."
Scores for each school were totaled and divided by the number of respondents who rated that school. Each accredited program received three surveys and was asked to return all three to U.S. News. The response rate was 59 percent. The peer assessment surveys were conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs.
The library and information studies specialty rankings are based solely on the nominations of program deans, program directors and a senior faculty member at each program. They were asked to choose up to 10 programs noted for excellence in each specialty area. Those with the most votes are listed.
Schools in the specialty rankings are numerically ranked in descending order based solely on the number of nominations they received, as long as the school received seven or more nominations in that specialty area. This means that schools ranked at the bottom of each specialty ranking have received seven nominations.
Schools in the library and information studies ranking, which is based solely on a 5.0 peer assessment score, are numerically ranked down to a peer assessment score of greater than or equal to 2.0. Schools with scores less than 2.0 are listed in alphabetical order as Rank Not Published.
Rank Not Published means that U.S. News did calculate a numerical ranking for that program, but decided for editorial reasons that since the program ranked below the U.S. News cutoff that U.S. News would not publish the ranking for that program.
U.S. News will supply schools listed as Rank Not Published with their numerical rankings, if they submit a request following the procedures listed in the Information for School Officials.