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
  • basic computer maintenance: virus scanning, disk cleanup and defragmentation, and system restore

Computer Networks and the Web

  • 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 online public access catalogs

Office Productivity Tools (entry-level)

  • word processing, such as Microsoft Office Word
  • spreadsheet, such as Microsoft Office Excel
  • presentation such as Microsoft Office PowerPoint
  • creating and reading an Adobe PDF file
  • creating and using multimedia, including digital images, audios, and videos

Additional Skill Development

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.