Technology Expectations for Library and Information Science Students, established by the Library and Information Science Technology Committee
Approved May 15, 2017

Successful progress through the Master's program requires competencies in basic computer skills and programs, such as navigating the Internet, accessing library resources and services, and using office applications. This list specifies basic technology requirements to aid prospective and current students in assessing their skills and abilities.

Catholic University and the Department of Library and Information Science also offer computer lab facilities for students. The department's Computer Lab is located in Room 318 of the Columbus School of Law building and the Information Commons is located in Room 315. Students can check out laptop computers from the department's Media Lab staff.

General Computing

  1. General Computing Skills
    -File management and version control
    -Safe computer practices (e.g., password protection, management of cookies)
    -Application-specific (e.g. Word, PDF) and interchange (e.g., ASCII, RTF) file formats
    -Backup options (e.g. external or cloud storage)
    -Web navigation

  2. Common Productivity Applications
    -A word processor (e.g., MS Word)
    -A graphics editor (e.g., Paint, Paintbrush)
    -A presentation application (e.g., MS PowerPoint, Prezi)
    -A spreadsheet (e.g., MS Excel)

Learning and Research Online

  1. Find and enroll in classes on Cardinal Students
  2. Use Catholic University Libraries systems and databases to locate books and journal articles
  3. Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS)
  4. Online Learning Environments
  • Know how to install programs to participate in video conferences and webinars
  • Participate in web-based discussion forums

Collaboration via Google Education Platform

  • Google Hangouts
  • Google Calendars
  • Google Drive
  • Google Docs
  • Google Groups

Tutorial Resources