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What We Do

Simmons SLIS CE serves the library/information professional community by offering an extensive and changing array of professional development opportunities in all areas of library, archives, and information services and operations. We offer over 30 workshops each semester at the Simmons campus, the Mt. Holyoke campus, and online.

For examples of our current workshops and instructors, please take a look at our GSLIS CE workshops page.

Types of Workshops

Online Workshops

Online workshops typically run for 4 to 6 weeks. They are completely asynchronous except for possible scheduled 'live' discussions. A workshop may include readings, links, assignments, exercises/activities, and discussions and will use various forms media. The students login at their convenience but there is the expectation that they will login regularly to keep up with the flow of the class including the posting of a new weekly module or updated discussion threads. We estimate that students will spend about 15 hours on a month-long workshop. We will host your workshop on Moodle and handle logins and support for students.

We offer CEUs (continuing education units) or PDPs (professional development points - usually used by school library teachers) based on satisfactory completion of the workshop by the student. CEUs are 1/10 of the contract hours and PDPs are the same as the contact hours.

Our online workshops are increasing attracting students from around the world which allows us to greatly expand the audience for our CE program.

Face-to-Face Workshops
Face-to-Face workshops are generally a half or a full day on Saturdays, though other times and days are possible. Most workshops are taught at the Boston or the Mt. Holyoke campuses, but we also hold workshops at other venues when appropriate. Face-to-Face workshops attract mostly students from New England, many of whom are Simmons SLIS alums.

Other Workshop Formats
We are also interested in offering additional workshop formats such as shorter online workshops, workshop series, and short online on-demand workshops.

Minimum Registrations to Run Workshops

A workshop can be canceled if not enough students register, and the minimum number of students depends on the specific workshop. The minimum number of students for running a workshop is usually five. Instructors often want to know as early as possible whether their workshop will run, but since we often get a flurry of registrations during the last week before the workshop starts, the decision to run the workshop will usually be made about three days before the date of the workshop. Please be prepared to teach since you may not have a lot of time to prepare if you wait until the final decision is made.

SLIS CE Instructor Webpages

If your workshop proposal is accepted, we will ask you to provide information to us (name, bio, photo, contact information, CV, etc.) for the creation of an instructor page. This is the opportunity for our instructors to provide additional information about their specific workshops and/or about themselves. The faculty webpages are linked to the workshop description in site. If you already have a CE Instructor webpage, please let us know if the information needs updating.

Instructor Pay Scale

Please contact SLIS CE for more information.

Current term:

Spring/Summer term runs from April 1, 2012 through August 31, 2012.

Upcoming term:

Fall/Winter term runs from September 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013.

Proposals can be submitted HERE at any time.

Please email to let us know that you have submitted a proposal.

Please feel free to email me with any questions.

Linnea Johnson
Program Manager
SLIS Continuing Education

Questions? Email us at or call (617) 521-2803