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A Message from Dean Eileen Abels

Dear friends,

I send this greeting to you from the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS). As you know, in July 2013, we welcomed undergraduate students in Computer Science as well as students in the master's programs in Children's Literature. I spoke with faculty, staff, students, and alumni about a new name for the new School. In addition to several webinars with alumni, I also sent a survey and heard from more than 1,200 alumni. Based on the feedback received, we realized that the best name for us would continue to focus on library and information science.

This past year was one of changes, and as is commonly said, change is our only constant. We bid farewell to Linda Watkins, our librarian for 33 years! I am sure that you will enjoy reading the tribute to her in this issue. We will miss her! As we say goodbye to Linda, we welcome two new faculty members, Chaoqun Ni and Amber Stubbs. Both have very interesting backgrounds that will expand our footprint in bibliometrics, data mining, and natural language retrieval.

We are looking forward to an exciting year. I hope to have the opportunity to meet many of you at upcoming events. I will continue to seek your input on important decisions about the program and the School.

Dean Eileen AbelsSincerely,

Dean Eileen Abels

Eileen G. Abels, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Library and Information Science
Simmons College

 

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