Computer Competencies

All students are required to have certain computer competencies before entering the program. LIS coursework will not provide remedial training. All incoming students will have to complete training modules in their first semester of study to ensure they meet all competencies.

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

  • Basic computer operation
    • Turning on/off computers and programs
    • Creating, changing, and copying files and directories
    • Installing/uninstalling software in a GUI environment
    • Basic computer maintenance: virus scanning, disk cleanup and defragmentation, and system restore
  • Office productivity tools (entry-level)
    • Word processing, such as MS Office Word
    • Spreadsheet, such as MS Office Excel
    • Presentation such as MS Office PowerPoint
    • Creating and reading PDF files
    • Creating and using multimedia, including digital images, audios, and videos
  • Network and the WWW
    • Setting up wired or wireless connections on personal computers (assuming a network is already in place and login credentials are established)
    • Video conferencing
    • Web search and navigation, including Web search engines and Web-based OPACs
  • UB-specific computing tools and resources
    • Using UBFS, UBVPN, UBMail, and UBLearns
    • Using UB Libraries online
    • Connecting to and using My Virtual Computer Lab

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 MS in Information and Library Science 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: