Professor of Practice and Director, School Library Teacher Program
Fran Zilonis brings more than 30 years of experience in school libraries and instructional technology to Simmons GSLIS. From 2000-2006, Zilonis was director of information technology for the Newton Public Schools, and from 1994-2000 was full professor and the chair of Secondary Education and Professional Programs (consisting of Counseling, Educational Leadership, High School and Middle School Education, Library Media Studies, and Instructional Technology) at Bridgewater State College. From 1985-1994, she was the director of Educational Media Services for the Cambridge Public Schools, where she obtained and administered one of the first eight DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund Library Power grants. Zilonis began her career in the Randolph Public Schools, where she was a library media specialist and subsequently became chairperson of media services K-12. Most recently, she served as the vice principal of academic affairs at Bishop Feehan High School. Zilonis received her M.Ed. in school librarianship from Bridgewater State College in 1973, and her Ed.D. in educational media and technology from Boston University in 1979. In 2005, School Library Journal named her one of the library field's most innovative and influential thinkers. Zilonis joined GSLIS as a visiting professor in Fall 2009; she became director of the School Library Teacher Program in July 2010. In July 2012, she became a professor of practice.