Visiting the Boston Campus
To schedule a campus visit (see descriptions below), please visit our Request a Personal Visit page to submit your availability, visit preferences, and contact information. If you have any questions, please contact our office.
Office hours are 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and campus visits are scheduled to start between 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Information sessions are held monthly from 6:00 p.m. -- 7:30 p.m. followed by an optional tour. The session includes an overview of the library and information science field by the Dean, followed by a question and answer session with three alumni panelists. If you are unable to attend an information session in person, you are welcome to listen to a podcast of a past information session.
Informational Interviews are conducted by the Assistant Dean for Admission and Recruitment, Sarah Petrakos, or the Associate Director, Christine Williams. If you are unable to attend an information session (which is the best source of first-hand information about being a GSLIS student), informational interviews are an opportunity to learn more about GSLIS programs and have your questions answered. Interviews are not considered part of the admission process and are informational only.
Tours may be conducted on their own, or in conjunction with an informational interview. Tours last approximately 20 minutes and generally consist of the following: GSLIS Student Lounge, Student Services Center, Technology Lab, Main Campus Building, bookstore and Beatley Library.
Sit in on a Class
Are you wondering what it is like to actually take a class? We will match you up with a GSLIS class that best meets your availability and interest. Check out our class schedule. Please note that prospective students may sit in on up to two GSLIS classes.
Twitter and Facebook
Live Twitter Chats
The Admission Staff will be hosting live Twitter chats to answer questions from prospective students. Please see our event schedule for upcoming dates and times.
Learn more about being a GSLIS student from current students in the program. Blogs are updated on a regular basis and includes postings from current students representing all different areas of library and information science.
Boston is the birthplace of the American ideals that are important to library and information professionals -- the rights to freedom, liberty, justice, and information! Those who founded and built Boston were among the architects of the great documents designed to protect and advance our freedoms, such as The Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution.
By many accounts, Boston is the nations best college town -- and it is also an international library capital. We have the largest number of libraries of any region in the world, and Simmons students get to use these great resources every day. The Boston Athenaeum is one of the worlds most distinguished independent libraries and a national treasure. Since 1807, the Athenaeum has connected the public to great works of science and learning and cultivated a stimulating forum where scholars, bibliophiles, and community interest groups exchange ideas and inspiration.
In 1848, the Boston Public Library (BPL) became the first publicly supported large, urban library in the nation, introducing the revolutionary concept of book borrowing. Today, the BPL and Athenaeum are joined by an astonishing array of libraries, both historic and high-tech, including the Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology library systems; the Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity; the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, which oversees the maintenance and development of library services for all residents of the Commonwealth, including a robust program of regional services and statewide electronic services; and the Massachusetts Historical Society, which houses the 250,000-page Adams Papers Collection of letters and manuscripts.
GSLIS shares strong bonds with all these institutions, working with them to cosponsor forums, provide continuing education, and place interns and graduates in jobs. The Boston tradition of idealism and equality -- coupled with the citys incredible resources -- delivers a truly unparalleled experience to everyone in the GSLIS community.