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Deb Grealy recognized for accreditation work

MLIS Director Deb Grealy
MLIS Director Deb Grealy
Photo by St. Kate's Photo Bureau.

Deborah Grealy, associate dean and program director for St. Kate's Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS), recently received the "Above and Beyond Award" from the Minnesota Library Association for leading the University's successful MLIS accreditation campaign.

Grealy joined St. Kate's in January 2010 from the University of Denver, where she was an assistant professor and former director of the Morgridge College of Education's Library and Information Science Program.

She led St. Kate's MLIS faculty and staff through the American Library Association’s (ALA) accreditation process soon after her arrival. In addition to seeking input from numerous stakeholders, she created a 270-page program presentation that serves as a model for other institutions and successfully managed a visit by the external review panel.

Grealy is quick to credit the MLIS faculty with crafting the first version of the lengthy accreditation proposal, which she, University President Andrea J. Lee, IHM, Senior Vice President Colleen Hegranes, Dean MaryAnn Janosik (School of Professional Studies and the Graduate College), and MLIS alumnus David Peterson presented to the ALA's Committee on Accreditation earlier this year.

St. Kate's MLIS program received full accreditation in January 2011. For updates or to learn more about the program, see

The MLIS program at St. Kate's has a strong legacy in community-based library education, dating back to 1917. St. Catherine offered a baccalaureate degree in library and information science for decades before partnering with Dominican University to offer an accredited master's-level program that ran from 1991 to 2008.

In 2008, St. Kate's began the process of seeking ALA accreditation on its own.

MLIS Professor Heidi Hammond nominated her for the award and accepted the award on Grealy's behalf at the 2011 MLA Conference on October 12. (Grealy was unable to attend the event.)

Oct. 28, 2011 by Pauline Oo

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