Message from the Dean

abelsWelcome to the Simmons School of Library and Information Science (SLIS). SLIS is home to the Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS), the Master of Arts in Children’s Literature (MA), the Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children (MFA), and the Bachelors of Science in Computer Science (BS), and the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature.

The SLIS MSLIS prepares librarians, information professionals, and archivists to lead the profession into the future. We offer our MSLIS in Boston and South Hadley, and online. Regardless of location or format, we provide students with hands-on learning opportunities in some of the nation's finest libraries, information organizations, and cultural heritage institutions. Simmons SLIS alumni work in a variety of settings, including a range of academic libraries, Fortune 500 enterprises, cultural heritage institutions, public libraries, school libraries, start-ups, information organizations, and are leaders in professional organizations. Employers actively recruit our graduates. We are committed to our students' ongoing success.

The Master of Arts in Children’s Literature engages in rigorous academic study of literature published for children and young adults. The Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children provides opportunities to develop new manuscripts under the guidance of professionals in the field. Both programs situate works for young people in historical and cultural contexts as they adopt multiple critical perspectives on children’s books, young adult literature, and social constructions of child/young adulthood. As publishers, reviewers, editors, agents, and writers, our alumni shape the future of children’s literature. The Center for the Study of Children’s Literature hosts a variety of events, including a summer institute, that bring authors, editors, writers, and illustrators to campus. Through the Center, we enjoy partnerships with The Horn Book, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, and PEN-New England, among others.

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science prepares students to become problem solvers and innovators in their field. A leading program in STEM education for women, students gain an understanding of the underlying theory and concepts of computing as well as the facility to integrate theory with practice. Simmons graduates write software that improve the quality of life, develop incredibly powerful websites, design and implement systems, and develop new technology. Alumni have built rewarding careers in programming, web development, system support, network administration, database design, computer and network security, applications development, software engineering, and other high-tech fields.

All of us at SLIS invite you to join us as we continue to empower future leaders in the fields of librarianship, information technology, computer science, and children’s literature. The impact of Simmons SLIS resonates in communities around the world through our highly qualified and innovative alumni.

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Eileen G. Abels, Ph.D.