Internal - Current Students

Tech Lab

The Tech Lab is the center of COCIS Technology services for students, faculty and staff. Students have access to all of the technology, software applications, server-based services, and equipment required for their course work. The COCIS Technology staff is committed to supporting the student body with the highest level of technology service to further learning and meeting the demands of the curriculum.

In the Tech Lab, TRAs (Technology Reference Assistants) are available to answer technology questions, help with software support, check-out tech equipment, and conduct training for the 3D printer. Large-format flatbed scanners for high-resolution scanning are also available. Every semester the lab hosts workshops on topics like podcasting, LibGuides, Raspberry Pi, and UX testing.

Contact Information:

Location: P-213
Phone: 617-521-2802
Email: [email protected]

  • Monday: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Please note that the Tech Lab does not follow the same hours as the library. The lab is closed for all college holidays may be open with reduced hours during breaks and summer semesters.



Lab Classroom Reservation Form
Use this form to reserve classroom space.

Tech Lab Feedback Form
Share your feedback with SLIS Technology Staff. If you have ideas or suggestions, let us know.



  • 46 iMacs running El Capitan with Microsoft Windows 10 as a virtual machine
  • 2 standard size flatbed scanners with document readers
  • 2 large-format flatbed scanners
  • 1 document scanner
  • 3 multifunction printers with document scanners and free scan to email functionality (two black & white, one color)
  • 1 MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer
Frequently Asked Questions


What can I do in the Tech Lab?

  • Use our computers and software for free
  • Print documents
  • Scan images and documents
  • Use 3D printer and scanner
  • Borrow equipment
  • Receive help with Tech Lab software from the Technology Reference Assistants

How can I advertise COCIS events on the Tech Lab and Student Services information screens?

To post a slide with news or information of interest to SLIS students on our information screens, email a PowerPoint slide to [email protected]. Please include in the email an expiration date for the slide, as well as a contact person and email address. Announcements should be relevant to the COCIS community and may be moderated.

What should I do if my Simmons username and password are not working?

Your Simmons login will work for Simmons computers, file servers, secure wireless, Simmons Gmail, Workday, Moodle, library resources, and personal web pages.

If you forget your Simmons password, visit to reset it or call the Service Desk at 617-521-2222. (Unfortunately, the COCIS Technology staff does not have the ability to reset Simmons passwords).

Can the TRAs help me with my homework?

The TRAs are happy to answer your questions about Tech Lab services and software. While TRAs may be able to help you with resources and software related to your coursework, they will not be able to help with specific assignments.

Printing and Scanning

How do I print in the Tech Lab?

To print in the Tech Lab, send your print job to one of the Campus Print queues in the print menu. Use your Simmons ID card at any campus Multi-Function Printer to print your job. All Simmons students receive $50 in printing credit per semester, equivalent to 500 black and white pages. The Tech Lab has both black and white and color multi-function devices.

For more information, see

Can I print in color?

Yes, you can print in color for $0.75/page using the color multifunction printer.

How do I print double-sided Word documents?

To print double-sided on a PC, from the Print window, click Properties. Next to Print on Both Sides, check the checkbox.

To print double-sided on a Mac, from the Print window, from the Copies & Pages drop-down menu, choose Layout. From the Two-Sided drop-down menu, choose Long-edge binding.

How do I print to the Tech Lab printers from my laptop?

To print to a Tech Lab printer from your laptop, use the Campus Print Web Print feature at For more information on how to use Campus Print Web Print, visit Using Web Print.

Can I scan documents/pictures?

Yes, you can scan documents and pictures. If you need assistance, a TRA will be happy to help you.

Usage Guidelines

Food or drink in the Lab

Please be considerate when bringing food and drinks into the SLIS Tech Lab. Drinks should be in a sealed mug or container. Spilled drinks ruin equipment and cataloging resources that cannot be replaced. Greasy food creates dirty work areas and keyboards while crumbs attract the building’s resident mice to the lab area. The staff is responsible for cleaning and vacuuming the lab. Please help us keep the lab clean and use the student lounge for meals and drinks.

Cell Phones, Conversations, and Music

Please take ALL cell phones conversations out into the hallway or to the lounge and keep conversations to a low volume. Calls, conversations, and music are very distracting to the students working around you. Headphones are also available to check out at the Technology Reference Assistant desk for your use in the lab.


What happens to my email?

Simmons email accounts will be deactivated 90 days after graduation. Please back up any important email before you graduate and sign up for free email forwarding to avoid missing any messages after your account is removed.

You may also want to consider setting an auto-reply notification email to let senders know your address will be changing. You can also import your Simmons Gmail into a personal Gmail account.

What happens to my web pages on the Simmons server?

Network accounts are also deactivated 90 days after graduation. We recommend downloading all files hosted on your Simmons server space before leaving. Websites are not archived by the College. If you need help with this process, please contact the Tech Lab.

Can I use the Tech Lab after I graduate?

As an alum of the program, you are welcome to use the lab and its services with the exception of checking out media equipment. You must have a valid alumni ID, which can be requested from the Office of Alumnae/i Engagement.

Simmons Technology

In addition, the Simmons Technology Office supports campus-wide technology, including the wireless network, email support and maintenance of student network storage space.