IS 490TE Introduction to Technology in LIS

This is an introductory course in the fundamentals of technology in library and information science (LIS). Following an overview of information system concepts, terminology and usage in organizations, there will be discussions covering a wide variety of topics including hardware and software, systems development (traditional and modern methods), programming languages, databases and the internet. Special attention will be paid to the knowledge and skills needed to succeed at the iSchool (servers, file access and management, office software, markup languages, website design and development, etc.) and LIS professional settings. Application of concepts is key. Readings will be supplemented with hands-on exercises and collaborative projects.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the basic functions of and relationships between computer hardware, application software, and networked systems including the Internet.
  • Troubleshoot basic technology problems and explain solutions in language that is accessible.
  • Evaluate and make recommendations on the usability, functionality, development, integration, purchase, configuration and/or upgrade of systems, services, or websites.
  • Become familiar with some of the technology-based trends regarding librarianship today.

Recent syllabus

Scheduled Offerings

  • Fall 2019

    • IS490TEO
      Mon, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
      MUST CHOOSE 2 or 4 Credit Hours. All other students need department approval. Email
      Amanda McLellan
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      2 - 4

Textbooks and Course Materials

Available from the Illinois Union Bookstore (IUB).