As Dean of the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), Eileen Abels brings more than 30 years of award-winning expertise in library and information science to the school to help prepare 21st century librarians for work in libraries, information institutions, and cultural heritage organizations. She has led a distinguished career as an educator and innovator. She is the recipient of the ALISE Award for Professional Contribution to Library and Information Science Education, the ASIS&T Thomas Reuters Outstanding Information Science Teacher award, the Special Libraries Association Rose L. Vormelker award, and the Medical Library Association's Ida and George Eliot prize, among others.
Prior to joining Simmons GSLIS, Abels was the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor at the iSchool at Drexel, The College of Information Science and Technology. Specializing in digital reference education and remote reference services, she oversaw ipl2, a digital library resulting from the merger of the Internet Public Library and the Librarian's Internet Index. Her current research interests focus on the future of reference services, libraries, and the future of library and information science education.
Her leadership positions include serving as president of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) and on the board of Beta Phi Mu (International Library & Information Studies Honor Society). She is currently serving as Vice-President, President —Elect of Beta Phi Mu. She is widely published, including articles and book chapters. Abels has also edited several books and co-authored Business Information Needs and Strategies.
Abels also held a faculty position for 15 years at the University of Maryland's College of Information Studies and has been a librarian and information professional in special libraries, including the Instituto de Investigaciones Eléctricas in Mexico, Price Waterhouse's Washington National Tax Service, and Boston Consulting Group.
She obtained her MLS degree from the University of Maryland and her Ph.D. from UCLA. Abels received her bachelor's degree from Clark University.