BOSTON (November 11, 2010) — Fran Zilonis, director of the School Library Teacher Program at the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Massachusetts School Library Association (MSLA).
The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a MSLA member who has contributed to the profession of school librarianship during at least a decade-long span in the profession. According to the MSLA website, "the honoree has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to the service of students and 21st century learning and the advancement of school libraries."
Zilonis was appointed the director of the School Library Teacher Program at Simmons in August of 2010. Previously an adjunct professor, she joined the faculty as a visiting professor in the fall of 2009. Zilonis has more than 30 years of library experience in Massachusetts schools, having been a school library media specialist, high school administrator, educational consultant, college professor, and college administrator, information technology administrator, and author. She is a recognized authority on school librarianship, and in 2002 was awarded the Mass CUE Pathfinder Award for her leadership in integrating technology in schools.
Simmons GSLIS has been ranked among the top ten programs in the area of Services for Children and Youth. Zilonis took over the SLT program following the retirement of Professor James Baughman, who directed the highly regarded program for over twenty years.
The nationally ranked Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science is one of the oldest and largest library and information science programs in the nation. Founded in 1899, Simmons College is a nationally recognized university located in the heart of Boston that includes an undergraduate college for women, and graduate programs for women and men in management, social work, health sciences, and library and information science.
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