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Simmons School of Library and Information Science Ranked Among Top 10 by U.S.News & World Report

Only New England School to be Ranked in This Category

BOSTON (April 24, 2009) — The Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) was ranked among the nation's top 10 schools of library and information studies in the U.S.News & World Report's 2010 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools." The rankings were released online this week and are featured in the May issue of U.S. News. (Editor's note: This ranking lasts until 2012)

Simmons GSLIS is the only library and information science school in New England to be ranked in this category this year. It also is the only small-to-midsize graduate program to make the top 10 list.

Simmons GSLIS moved up three slots to the No. 10 ranking from its previous ranking. Additionally, it was in the top 10 category for the specialty rankings of Archives and Preservation, and Services for Children and Youth.

GSLIS Dean Michèle Cloonan said the ranking acknowledges the school's superb generalist program. "We are delighted to be recognized in the top 10 list by our peers. Simmons is certainly among the best in attracting top library and information science faculty and students. We pride ourselves on our personal approach to education, our innovative faculty and staff, and our collaborative approach to research," said Cloonan.

Simmons GSLIS recently received its largest-ever gift of $1 million and has received increased external funding from federal agencies and philanthropic organizations. Additionally, the school has added two new doctoral programs, and three faculty members have been recognized with prestigious American Library Association awards.

The 2010 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools" includes more than 1,500 graduate school programs nationwide in fields such as law, business, education, engineering, medicine, and library and information studies.  According to U.S. News, the rankings are based on "expert opinions about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research, and students." 

Founded in 1902, Simmons GSLIS is one of the country's oldest library and information science programs. With campuses in Boston and South Hadley, Mass., the school has 750 students in master's and doctoral degree programs, and has a network of approximately 9,000 alumni worldwide. Simmons College is a nationally recognized private university. It offers an undergraduate education for women, and renowned coeducational graduate programs in health sciences, education, liberal arts, social work, library and information science, and communications management, and the nation's first MBA program designed specifically for women.