GSLIS faculty are distinguished leaders who practice the professions they teach--and pride themselves on being personal mentors to their students. Our faculty includes award-winning teachers, accomplished storytellers, and international consultants whose achievements cover a wide range of areas, from school libraries to high-tech corporations in the United States, Asia, and beyond.
Dean Eileen G. Abels, a longtime library and information science practitioner and educator with a specialty in digital reference education and remote reference services, leads the faculty. She and other GSLIS professors regularly serve as consultants and serve on panels for government agencies, such as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. They also serve as presidents and executive officers of leading professional organizations, including the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), specialized divisions of the American Library Association (ALA), and others.
We are proud that GSLIS faculty rank among the most published and highly quoted experts in the library and information science profession.
"We have more jobs than students to fill them. There are currently 31 school library positions in the state that I did not have anyone to send to for an interview," said Dr. Mary Frances Zilonis, Professor of Practice and Director of the Simmons GSLIS School Library Teacher Program (SLTP), about school library teacher vacancies. After receiving distinction as one of the top ten leading school library programs in the 2013 U.S. News and World Report rankings, the SLTP's award-winning faculty, comprehensive network, practical curriculum, and community are all part of "a ladder for students to achieve success," stated Zilonis. Since Zilonis became director of the GSLIS SLTP in 2010, 100% of the students seeking employment after graduation have secured school library jobs.