S401 is an introduction to fundamental concepts of and techniques related to computer-based information tools, computer platforms, major classes of microcomputer application software, online information retrieval, general networking, and the Internet. This course is a prerequisite for participation at SLIS, and understanding of the materials therein should be considered crucial for current and future information professionals and librarians. The knowledge and experience gained in this course will also prepare students for participation in other technology-intensive SLIS courses in which these fundamental skills will be taken to higher levels.
Please describe your experience related to each of the course topics below. Note that all 11 areas must be adequately fulfilled to qualify for a waiver of S401. You must present examples to indicate your knowledge and skills for each area. A simple reply like "I know how to use this software program" is not sufficient to indicate your knowledge and skills. Provide attachments or show hyperlinks to examples of your work.
Please email your S401 waiver to Dr. Hsin-liang Chen at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Waiver can be either as an email message or a Word file with your name, submission date and contact information.
Name of student:
1. E-mail, LISTSERVs, remote access
Ability to use a variety of email systems to create, send, read, print, and file email messages.
Ability to subscribe to LISTSERVs and majordomo distribution lists.
2. Web access, Internet2, Internet etiquette, file formats, graphical user interfaces, browsers, operating system platforms, domains, http, FTP, URL/URI/URN, IP, server, client, search engines and directories, Web site evaluation
Familiarity with the structure of the Internet, and with the basic client tools used to access Internet resource. In addition, understanding of background concepts such as client-server architecture.
3. Online Public Access Catalogs, bibliographic description, MARC records, record fields, metadata, classification systems
Understand the basic search functions of the library online catalog and the format of the bibliographic record.
4. Bibliographic databases and records, indexes, controlled vocabularies, free text search, metasearch
Understand the basic search functions of major bibliographic databases and conduct successful searches.
5. Bibliographic citations, citation styles, citation generators, EndNote, using EndNote with databases
Understand the major bibliographic citation styles and tools. Ability to create references based on the citation styles.
6. Excel worksheets, formulas, sorting, charts and graphs, importing and exporting
Ability to use spreadsheet software to create, search, modify, graph, and print data. Ability to create formulas for data manipulation.
7. Web site design, HTML, CSS, accessibility, HTML5, XHTML
Ability to compose simple homepages. Basics of HTML mark-up and web page design.
8. Social media, Web 2.0, wikis, blogs/microblogs/vlogs, tags, networks, crowdsourcing, instant messaging, widgets, file sharing, bookmarking, folksonomies, social tagging, social cataloging, social gaming, social reading, mashups, podcasts, RSS feeds, syndication
Familiarity with these technologies and understand their current and future applications in library services.
9. Cloud computing, ebooks, vooks, mobile OPACs, QR codes, augmented reality, discovery layers
Familiarity with these emerging technologies and their current and future applications in library services.
10. Firewalls, viruses, worms, spyware, cookies, privacy, digital identity
Familiar with these issues within the context of networked environments and user protection.
11. PowerPoint, Keynote, video presentations
Ability to use these tools to create audio and video presentations