Computer Competencies

All students are required to have certain computer competencies before entering the program. LIS 506 and other technically focused classes will not provide remedial training.

Instructors will assume that you have the following skills on the first day of class:

  • Ability to create directories
  • Ability to find files
  • Ability to save files to removable media
  • Ability to use a web browser and search the Internet
  • Familiarity with a word processing program
  • Familiarity with a spreadsheet program
  • Familiarity with a computer operating system (Windows or MacOS)
  • Have and use an e-mail account

To acquire these skills, students may take courses at a community continuing education program, a computing-training center, or community college. These skills can also be self taught with the help of a textbook (such as the Visual Quickstart series) or the instruction manual for the specific software.

Because numerous courses in the program require additional technical competencies, students may wish to augment their basic proficiencies after entering the MLS program by taking advantage of a variety of workshops on campus. Workshops are offered through the UB Information Technologies (IT) department, the Informatics Lab, and the UB libraries.

Here are some example sources of instruction: