Boston was home to many of Americas founding fathers and revolutionary thinkers -- architects of the great documents designed to protect and advance our freedoms, such as The Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution.
By many accounts, Boston is the nations best college town, and it is also an international library capital. We have the largest number of libraries of any region in the world, and Simmons students get to use these great resources every day. The Boston Athenaeum is one of the worlds most distinguished independent libraries and a national treasure. Since 1807, the Athenaeum has connected the public to great works of science and learning and cultivated a stimulating forum where scholars, bibliophiles, and community interest groups exchange ideas and inspiration.
In 1848, the Boston Public Library (BPL) became the first publicly supported large, urban library in the nation, introducing the revolutionary concept of book borrowing. Today, the BPL, and the Athenaeum are joined by an astonishing array of libraries, both historic and high-tech, including the Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology library systems; the Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity; the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, which oversees the maintenance and development of library services for all residents of the Commonwealth, including a robust program of regional services and statewide electronic services; and the Massachusetts Historical Society, which houses the 250,000-page Adams Papers Collection of letters and manuscripts.
SLIS shares strong bonds with all these institutions, working with them to cosponsor forums, provide continuing education, and place interns and graduates in jobs. The Boston tradition of idealism and equality -- coupled with the city's incredible resources -- delivers a truly unparalleled experience to everyone in the SLIS community.
Simmons SLIS also offers a part-time master of science degree program, SLIS West, in Western Massachusetts on the campus of Mount Holyoke College. The campus is located in South Hadley, in the Pioneer Valley, a region renowned for its beauty, as well as its intellectual and cultural vibrancy. Amherst, Hampshire, and Smith colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, known as the Five Colleges, are all nearby, as well as many libraries, archives, art galleries, and museums. The towns of Amherst and Northampton - both reachable by free shuttle bus - offer a combination of cosmopolitan sophistication and small-town charm. South Hadley is ninety minutes from Boston and two and a half hours from New York City.
Although fewer elective courses are offered, SLIS West supports all concentrations. Depending on specialization SLIS West students may find it necessary to take courses online or in Boston. Increasing online course offerings allow SLIS West students more flexibility in scheduling and more elective courses. Courses are taught by dedicated SLIS faculty and are scheduled year-round. (Please note, however, that admission to the SLIS West program takes place for Fall and Spring only.) SLIS students studying at SLIS West may take courses at the Boston campus. Similarly, students enrolled in Boston may choose to take courses at the SLIS West campus.