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 degree entirely online. Our Archives Management, Cultural Heritage Informatics, Information Science and Technology, and Libraries and Librarianship concentrations are offered entirely online, or in blended online and face-to-face format. The School Library Teacher concentration is offered at our Boston or SLIS West location face-to-face.
Ranked among the best
Simmons University is one of U.S. News and World Report’s top ranking schools of library and information science in the nation.
- The Master's in Library and Information Science is ranked 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.
- Our Cultural Heritage Informatics 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 in the News
"Virtual Reality is the Zoom of the future," says Assistant Professor Catherine Dumas. Simmons SLIS is on the cutting edge of using broadly accessible Virtual Reality (VR) technology as a general pedagogic tool. Dumas, along with Assistant Professor Rachel Williams...
Laura Saunders , Interim Director of Simmons School of Library and Information Science shared details on her recent discussion about the library field's role in intellectual freedom, as well as the current ethical and legal implications of that support...
"The North Star Collective Faculty Fellowship provides an opportunity for BIPOC faculty to come together and create a community in which we can support one another," says SLIS Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow Rebecca Davis . "Faculty Fellows learn about...
Simmons University is saddened to announce the passing of Emerita Professor Josephine Fang. Fang was a professor in the School of Library and Information Science for 20 years, until her retirement in 1995. Fang was the first woman to be...
The Master's in Library and Information Science curriculum allows students to focus on different aspects of LIS work. We spoke to students Alessandra Hollowell and Aijaeh Hennessey on their choice to focus on traditional library work with the Libraries and...
For the third consecutive year, Simmons University's Student Chapter of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) received the Student Chapter of the Year award from ASIS&T. Remarkably, the student chapter has now received this recognition twelve times since...
The American Library Association (ALA) recently awarded Spectrum scholarships to 60 exceptional students throughout the country pursuing library degrees. Spectrum scholarships help support diversity, equity, and inclusion in library and information science. This year, five Simmons SLIS students received the...
Dr. Lisa Fagin Davis, who teaches for SLIS, is passionate about medieval manuscripts. She directs the Medieval Academy of America and was recently featured on the Medievalists.net Podcast. Here Davis shares with us how a study of medieval artifacts can help train future librarians.
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, 89% of students entering the MS (LIS) degree program between AY 2014 and AY 2021 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).