A powerful opportunity to educate, inform, and serve the communities in which we live.
Our students can complete the Master's of Library and Information Science program and the Archives Management concentration entirely online, or in blended online and face-to-face format.
U.S. News & World Report ranked the Master's in Library and Information Science 11th in the nation. Our Archives Management concentration is ranked 1st among Archives & Preservation programs. SLIS was also ranked 7th for Services for Children and Youth programs. Our School Library Teacher concentration ranked 9th among School Library Media programs, and our Cultural Heritage concentration ranked 13th among Digital Librarianship programs.
In the School of Library and Information Science, you'll have direct and frequent access to faculty who pride themselves on being personal mentors. You'll work closely with classmates in an engaging, supportive classroom environment, be it face-to-face or through our innovative online programs.
Our school is big in many ways — a national leader with top-rated faculty, prestigious alumni, and great locations in Boston, South Hadley, and Amherst, Massachusetts, as well as programs offered online.Learn More about SLIS
For more than 100 years, our graduates have been pioneers in their profession, recognized for their amazing achievements and remarkable careers, throughout New England, across the country, and around the world.Careers
Our alums are innovators, challengers of the status quo, and champions of the right to information. Our alumnae/i are our most powerful ambassadors in the world of Library and Information Science.Alumnae/i
Library and Information Science News
Vicky Biancolo was appointed to the Board by Governor Charlie Baker in 2020. She is excited to improve the services of all library types all across the Commonwealth.
Assistant Professor Sumayya Ahmed discusses her current project which looks at the archival traces of Black Southerner migration to Chicago through the lens of her maternal great-grandfather, who migrated from Alabama to Chicago in the early 1930s.
Library Director Ann Bognolo connected her students with the Great Falls Books Through Bars organization. Through this program, Bognolo helped her students understand the transformative power of libraries and education.
Professor and Dean Emerita Michele Cloonan received a grant from the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) and the U.S. Department of State to assist Tikrit University in Iraq with establishing a data center.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the School of Library and Information Science alumnae/i have formed the Collaborative to actively document history through collecting, sharing, and preserving the stories and materials of Maine residents.
After working at a neighborhood bar for nearly 20 years, Assistant Professor Eric Poulin is combining his current professional work with local barroom culture. In his latest research project, Poulin gives voice to the history made in these integral spaces.
Library and Information Science students share their experiences completing fieldwork during the pandemic, and tell us the advantages of online internships.
Congratulations to Carolina Quiroa ’21MS, recipient of the 2019 Elmar W. Seibel Scholarship. In her award application, Quiroa shared her experience preserving the visual history of Guatemala.
SLIS distributes the Library Journal's "Placements and Salaries" Survey to graduates of the LIS master's of science program on a rolling basis as each class — January, May, and August — completes the program.
On average, 88% of students entering the MS (LIS) degree program between AY 2013 and AY 2018 continued their programs of study after their first year at SLIS.
The Simmons School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) is proud to have a degree in Library and Information Science accredited by the American Library Association (ALA).