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Computer and Information Technology within LIS

  • Introduction

  • Expectations of the School

  • Distance Learning and IT

  • Resources available to support LIS


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Computer technology is a mission critical tool --

We use technology to in our work, for professional development, and to offer more effective information services

  • We train others in the use of IT

  • We must have a sound foundation in order to be career-long learners about IT


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But… computer and information technology is also more than a tool

  • Understanding IT is also content in LIS

  • LIS professionals:

    • Design information systems

    • Develop new applications

    • Create search engines

    • Design user interfaces

    • Understand markup languages to produce web content

    • Advance the use of new technologies in their organizations


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Expectations of the School a tool

  • “The School expects students coming into the program to have, or quickly acquire, a base level of computer competency…”

    • SLIS Bulletin


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Examples would include knowledge and experience in the use of:

  • Microcomputer operating systems;

  • Understanding of file types and management

  • Networks;

  • Word processing, spreadsheets, and databases;

  • Email;

  • Internet use/web publishing


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Note – of:

  • This is not an exclusive checklist. It is not meant to imply that some knowledge of each of these topics is all that will ultimately be required or that a lack of knowledge of one of these topics (such as spreadsheets or database systems) will be an immediate hindrance to curricular success.

  • It is meant simply to give an idea of our interpretation of common measures of “computer competence”


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Distance learning/Internet delivery of:

  • Some Distance Learning LIS courses utilize the Internet and other technologies

  • Internet delivered courses require students have sufficient computer skills needed to avoid technology barriers to curricular success


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Internet courses require: of:

  • An understanding of student responsibilities

  • A good Internet connection and comfort in making the connection work

  • Knowledgeable in the use of your computer

  • Familiarity with the BlackBoard course management system and needed supporting applications (RealAudio, email, etc.)

  • See the Distance Learning website


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Suggestions for addressing computer competencies: of:

  • Start with a self assessment

  • Check out EVC training at UK

  • Seek out training opportunities at local libraries or community centers

  • LIS courses


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Technology Courses in LIS of:

  • LIS636 Foundations of Information Technology. Introductory course, covers some of the base competencies and much more. It is a prereq for other technology courses

  • LIS637 Information Technology

  • LIS638 Internet Technologies and Information Services

  • LIS668 Information Systems Design


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UK Computer accounts of:

  • Link Blue for UK accounts

  • Exchange mail

  • AD accounts (for BlackBoard)

  • Student web host (sweb)

  • Information Systems Help

  • UK download site OFFICE AVAILABLE!


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Overview of important resources: of:

  • UK website

  • Registrar’s Office

  • UK Library System

  • SLIS website

  • Blackboard

  • SLIS Center for Applied Information Technology (CAIT)

  • SLIS listserv


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UK Library System of:

  • Library home page

  • InfoCat

  • Full-text databases


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SLIS of:Website: quick tour

  • Academics

  • Bulletin

  • CAIT

  • Class Schedules

  • Students

  • Facilities

  • Listserv


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Questions and things to do of:

  • Check UK accounts

  • Test BlackBoard access

  • Questions?


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