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Technology Curriculum

Technology Competencies

Whether you plan to work in a library, archives, cultural heritage institution, or other information setting, technology will be a part of your professional life. The Simmons LIS curriculum provides all students with the opportunity to advance their technological skills in its core courses (LIS 488: Technology for Information Professionals) as well as in its elective course offerings.

While all students enter the LIS program with different talents, skills, and abilities, LIS instructors expect all students to possess a baseline of knowledge, skill, and familiarity with technology. At a minimum, incoming LIS students should be competent in the following areas (see below for further details):

  • Computing in a Windows or Mac Environment
  • Digital File Management
  • Internet Searching and Browsing
  • Google Apps for Education including Email
  • Using Productivity Software (word processing, spreadsheet, and slide presentation software)

To ensure your readiness to begin coursework, take a few minutes to review the list of technology competencies outlined below. Are there areas you feel unsure about? If so, follow the links to access tutorials and review the materials on that topic. Your goal is to become comfortable and familiar with each of the baseline skills or topics described in the Technology Guidelines.

Core Requirements

The SLIS core curriculum requires students to take at least one Technology course. Although there is a minimum core Technology requirement, students are encouraged to take as many as technology classes as they would like.

Students in the School Library Teacher Program will take LIS 460 Technology and the School Library Teacher. All other students will take LIS 488 Technology for Informational Professionals, a wide-ranging overview course that introduces students to key concepts in technology.

Students who already possess substantial experience can petition to bypass LIS 488 and take one of the following technology courses instead:

  • LIS 467 Web Development and Information Architecture 
  • LIS 458 Database Management 
  • LIS 466 Information Retrieval 
  • LIS 486 Systems Analysis 
  • LIS 487 Data Interoperability 
  • LIS 485 Introduction to Programming 
  • LIS 473 Information Visualization