SLIS Technology Group

SLIS has its own computer labs on the Boston and SLIS West campuses. These labs are open only to SLIS students, and contain dual boot iMacs (with Microsoft Vista & Mac OS X Leopard operating systems) with a variety of software supporting the SLIS curriculum. The Labs are staffed by Technology Reference Assistants, current SLIS students who can answer questions and help troubleshoot software and hardware in the lab. In addition, the Simmons Technology Office supports campus-wide technology, including the wireless network, e-mail support and maintenance of student network storage space. The Tech Lab is located in the Palace Road Building in room P-213.

SLIS Usability Lab

SLIS Usability Lab is an innovative, state-of-the practice usability testing facility that provides researchers, faculty, and students with a testing environment that support both user-centered curricula and usability engineering. In the Usability Lab, researchers, faculty, and students conduct user studies and usability testing/evaluation of specialized computer software, web interfaces, and library information systems. In addition to improving and enhancing SLIS faculty and student research experience, the Usability Lab offers an unique setup with specialized software and devices that enable researchers from outside Simmons to perform usability evaluation of innovative technologies developed within their organizations.

SLIS Media Lab

The Media Lab is located in P-313H of the Palace Road building. Ryan McDonough, SLIS student and Multimedia Specialist, will be available for customized tutorials, project planning, and troubleshooting on everything from software such as Audacity, Adobe Audition, and Camtasia to assist with video projects or projects involving a mixing board. He can also help with oral history projects and setting up podcasting programs. The Multimedia Lab is open for drop-in hours during the Fall 2013 semester on Mondays/Fridays from 10am-3pm and Tuesdays/Thursdays from 1pm-6pm and by appointment throughout the semester.

For questions or to schedule an appointment outside of the scheduled hours, Ryan can be contacted at More information on SLIScast, the SLIS podcast initiative, is available at