What is the TOR?

The Technology Orientation Requirement (TOR) is a series of readings, short tutorials and hands-on activities designed to acquaint you with the technology and resources you will use in the SLIS program. All new students are required to complete it as they begin their first semester.

Where can I find the deadlines?

The deadline usually occurs about 5 weeks into the semester. You can find the exact deadline for your semester and other information on the TOR website at http://gslis.simmons.edu/tor.

How can I get help and computer support for completing my TOR?

For help with TOR, contact the SLIS Tech Lab at 617-521-2802 or email gslis_tor@simmons.edu. If you are on the Simmons campus in Boston, you can stop by the Tech Lab in P-213. The SLIS Tech Lab also offers workshops to assist students in the completion of the TOR on Advising Day and at the beginning of the semester. To register for workshops, visit http://gslistechlab.eventbrite.com. For more information about the Tech Lab services visit the Tech Lab website.

Computers for student use

Computers in the MHC Library

The MHC Library has an Information Commons with over 30 workstations, both PC and Mac, as well as 20 workstations in the Reference Room. These computers have both Internet and library database access. Please use Simmons SLIS online databases and ejournals through the Simmons proxy server from the Simmons SLIS Library web page, rather than the MHC databases. The Library also has wireless access for laptops. The Library charges for printing.

Computers in the SLIS West Office

There are 11 workstations plus wireless access in the SLIS West Administrative Office, running both Mac OS X and Vista. These computers are available 24x7. Any software specific to SLIS West is installed on these workstations. Printing, scanning, and photocopying are free from the office.