School of Library and Information Science

The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) is a national leader with top-rated faculty, prestigious alumnae/i, and great locations in Boston and SLIS West (South Hadley, and Amherst, Massachusetts). 

A powerful opportunity to educate, inform, and serve the communities in which we live.

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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 12th in the nation. Our Archives Management concentration is ranked 3rd among Archives & Preservation programs, our Library Services to Children concentration ranked 4th 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 12th 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.

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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.

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Careers

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.

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Alumnae/i

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.

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Library and Information Science News

Karen Abramson

The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) Alumni Executive Board is proud to announce that the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award has been given to Karen Adler Abramson '99MS, Director of Archives at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and...

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Libraries, Archives, and Museums Today: Insights from the Field seeks to understand how institutions are adapting to the challenges of working with digital information. Peter Botticelli, Martha R. Mahard, and Michèle V. Cloonan collaborated on Libraries, Archives, and Museums...

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Nutter is remembered for her dedication to academic libraries. SLIS Alumni Achievement Award 1995 recipient Susan Keene Nutter '68MS died on March 25, 2019. In her last professional role, she served as the vice provost and director of the North...

Doctoral student Kimberly Lavoie uses research and experience to address the technology needs of the school library. Can you tell us about your research? What led you to this topic? My research interests include teacher-librarian collaboration in the digital age,...

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SLIS student Sarah Arena supports faculty research. Can you tell us about these research projects? I am currently working on two research projects. The first study is examining ethics in service learning with Assistant Professor Colin Rhinesmith and Meghan Doran,...

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Archival experts from around the world to speak at Allen Smith Symposium 2019. Over the past decade, archival concerns have increasingly focused on social issues as records professionals recognize and confront the responsibilities and challenges of documenting a complex global...

Additional Information

Student Placement

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.

Assessment & Accreditation

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).

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