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A Message from Dean Eileen Abels

Dear friends,

It is difficult to believe that it is now 2015!  I hope that you all had a great holiday season and I wish you a healthy, happy, and productive new year! As you’ll see in the Snapshot articles, SLIS continues to have a broad range of interests, from rare books and archives to 3-D printing! 

This fall has been a busy one.  With input from various constituencies, we approved mission and vision statements for SLIS as well as new program learning outcomes, those competencies that all of our students will have learned when they graduate.  We introduced two new concentrations for our Master of Science in Library and Information Science: Information Science and Technology (IS&T) and Cultural Heritage Informatics.  These reinforce the broad range of expertise we have at SLIS and the broad scope of the field of library and information science.  Technology has changed the way we communicate and the way we access and share information.  One of our program learning outcomes for all students focuses specifically on technology:  Students will learn to “develop appropriate technology strategies across a range of information settings.” Those students who select the IS&T concentration will have more exposure to programming, ontologies, databases, XML, information visualization, and more.  This knowledge may be applied in a broad range of libraries, schools, business and research. Cultural Heritage Informatics is the intersection between computer science/information science/information technology and cultural heritage.  Graduates in this concentration will work with digital data across different types of libraries, archives, and museums.  As you can see, both of these concentrations provide students will knowledge and skills that are applicable in a range of settings. 

We believe that this is the future direction of library and information science.  Last May, we announced our national forum planning grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  Now, we are ready to convene a group of experts from a wide range of disciplines to Envision Our Information Future and How to Educate for It.  We will keep you posted on the outcomes of this meeting.  You can learn more about it on our website.

These are exciting time for LIS education and LIS professionals!  

Dean Eileen AbelsSincerely,

Dean Eileen Abels

Eileen G. Abels, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Library and Information Science
Simmons College


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