Contents: Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Administration. 3. Accreditation expectations. 4. Academic library environment. 5. Practice of accreditation. 6. Selected issues. 7. Nature of site visit. 8. Current standards for libraries. Index.
"Accreditation is a procedure developed specifically to meet the needs of colleges and universities. It is a system of quality assurance, based on the premise that the diverse institutions of higher education can best be evaluated through a process combining self-evaluation and peer review.
Accreditation uses a two-step process of evaluation, combining institutional self-study based on published standards or criteria and visit from a team of experts. Here in this book the basic concepts of accreditation and related fundamental issues are competently elaborated." (jacket)