Mission and Vision


SLIS educates and empowers the next generation of librarians, archivists, and other information professionals. With a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion, we ground students in the history and values of our discipline, encourage them to critically examine the current state of our profession, and prepare them to lead the way toward a more just future through innovation and creativity.

Mission voted in at the December 7th, 2022 faculty meeting.


The Simmons School of Library and Information Science imagines an interconnected world with a diverse and engaged citizenry empowered by information, cultural heritage, and technology; in which the information disciplines and creativity improve lives; and where literature, knowledge, and collective wisdom are preserved and celebrated.

Vision voted in at the November 12, 2014 Faculty Meeting; reaffirmed at the November 18, 2015 Faculty Meeting. Reaffirmed at the SLIS retreat on August 25, 2016. Revised version voted in at the February 27, 2019 Faculty Meeting.