Simmons stands as a prominent member of the library, archives, and information science community. Our students, faculty, and alumni serve as respected professionals in the field as well as on the boards of numerous institutions and organizations. Together, they create a close-knit and vital professional network of nearly 10,000 professionals.
From internships to longer-term career development, we're dedicated to your success. Our outstanding career education resources offer lifelong guidance for alumni, including career counseling, resume reviews, and interview critiques, while the Beatley Library houses the latest career information and resources. Each spring, we welcome leading employers to campus for the SLIS Career Fair. SLIS and its student organizations sponsor regular career panels, networking events, lectures and programs, and continuing education workshops for students and professionals alike. SLIS hosts two websites dedicated to job postings in the LIS field.
Simmons has an active, service-oriented Alumni Association who participate throughout the graduate experience by welcoming students, mentoring, networking, aiding in the job search, assisting students as they transition into the alumni community, and above all, nurturing lifelong friendships.
We support you in the transition from classmate to colleague—and wherever your degree takes you.
SLIS boasts one of the largest alumni networks in the field, providing lifelong professional collaboration and support. Our faculty and alumni are distiguished experts in their fields, who have held top leadership positions in every major library and information science professional association.
Our students are encouraged to take advantage of the many networking opportunities available to them through the Simmons SLIS and professional communities.
Students are welcome to attend the annual spring SLIS Alumni and Professional Development Day, often as guests of attending alums. The Alumni Board also holds annual career panels for the benefit of current students. Additionally, Simmons SLIS has a large number of student organizations, many of which are connected to the national professional organizations and their local chapters.
Students are often able to join the national associations at special rates, enabling them to gain exposure to every aspect of the profession. By attending meetings, helping with events, and becoming involved, SLIS students get the chance to network with alumni.
Career Education Center
The Career Education Center (CEC) is definitely a place worth spending some time exploring while a student at SLIS, as well as returning to as a professional. In fact, it is never too soon to start your own career folder at the center. Students may register with the Career Education Center to establish a recommendations file to house letters of reference, which can further support their candidacy for positions. Attention is given to the particular career needs through appointments with the Career Education Center. The school and the Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA) support these efforts to help students with their career goals by offering additional or joint programs.
The CEC has many services and resources available to help you search for the right job and apply with confidence. Some of these services include:
- Career counseling, workshops and special events
- Campus recruiting
- Success Connection Leadership
- Professional Connections (Alumnet website - for graduates only, login required)
The CEC website also provides career guides, self-assessment tests, resume and cover letter help, and career research.
Career Resource Library
The Simmons Library also offers a rich collection of career resources, a specialized collection of career planning, job hunting, employer, and graduate school information. A librarian is available to assist students and alumni with their career research. You will find online tools for investigating your interests, professions, labor market trends, salaries, and graduate schools. You can find information by field or by where you are in your professional life.
New England Jobline
SLIS has maintained one of the most robust job resources for library and information science professionals in the New England area, called Jobline. A broad spectrum of professional positions in and outside of New England are posted regularly and all SLIS alumni are granted access. The Jobline broadcasts available positions in the many library-related areas. Current students can log in to the Jobline to view pre-professional and volunteer opportunities in the area.
SLIS offers a mentoring program, administered by the Office of the Assistant Dean for Student Services, that assists students by providing insights into competencies required in various professional areas, assessing current skill sets and suggesting possible projects and activities for enhancements, and setting up the beginnings of a professional network.
Our CE program offers more than 80 workshops a year in several different formats: half- or full-day workshops onsite at the Simmons SLIS campuses, and fully asynchronous online workshops that run for a month to six weeks. The workshops, taught by experienced, well-known instructors, range in topic from technology and Web 2.0 to children's and teen services to information organization and reference.