Project Management for LIS
Receiving a comprehensive introduction to formal project management techniques that contribute to successful execution of projects, particularly in the IT and library fields. Attention is paid in particular to managing project scope, timelines, cost, and team.
School Library Media Center
Exposed to an overview of all important aspects of running a media center in a school environment, including state standards, reading education, reader’s advisory, choosing resources, and teaching technology.
Computer skills: A wide variety of technology applications relevant to school and academic libraries, including programs such as Skype, Smore, Pinterest, and web platforms.
Geographic Information Systems
Gained understanding of principles of GIS and working knowledge of ArcGIS software and mapping techniques including creating geodatabases, digitizing maps, importing and normalizing data, and geocaching.
Computer Skills: ArcGIS
Final project involved using a range of skills to create a map in ArcGIS. I created an interactive resource map for families in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, by importing shapefiles and data files from the city of Chicago and private businesses. The map shows resources of interest to families including libraries, public and private schools, parks, accessible public transit, and coffee shops.
Introduction to Bibliographic Metadata
Learned the principles of cataloging and categorization, including the latest RDA standards, Library of Congress subject analysis, MARC tags, and call number assignment for Dewey and LC.
Computer skills: Familiarity with cataloging resources including RDA Toolkit, authorities.loc.gov, Classification Web, and Web Dewey.
A final portfolio includes records for adult fiction and non-fiction, works in series, juvenile literature, audiovisual materials, and online materials, all using RDA standards and MARC tagging, with LC subject analysis and Dewey and LC call number assignment.
Reference and Information Services
Developed familiarity with major reference source including online research databases; techniques for effective and efficient online searching; and best practices for reference interviews.
Computer Skills: Advanced online database searching
Introduction to Databases
Learned the relational database model, ER diagramming, writing and running queries in SQL, and other essential elements of database design.
Computer skills: SQL query writing; MySQL Workbench, Microsoft Access.
Capstone project: Design, ER diagram, normalization, and queries for a database designed for an art museum to track incoming and outgoing objects for its exhibitions.
Developed an understanding of the major issues at play in the area of digital preservation including the Open Archival Information System model, preservation strategies, issues associated with different file formats, metadata standards, data curation, and legal issues.
Analytic essay exploring issues in data curation in the sciences and humanities.
Mock website for an academic institution publicizing its academic repository and promoting digital preservation:
Instruction and Assistance Systems
Discussed issues related to teaching and information literacy, including learning theory (emphasis on constructivism), outcomes-based approach to learning, assessment development, instructional design and instructional technology, and best practices for classroom, one-on-one, and online learning.
Computer skills: Screencasting
Instructional Design Project developing a classroom lesson from start to finish including statement of outcomes, assessment plan, active learning activities, and handout. My lesson focused on teaching high school teachers about two online resources for teaching with visual materials, Google Art Project and Library of Congress American Memory.
Information, Organization, and Access
Introduced to major issues in the field library and information science, with an emphasis on the organization of information. Topics included metadata, indexing, subject vocabularies, information seeking behavior, information retrieval systems, and searching.
Introduction to Technology in Library and Information Science
Familiarized myself with major areas of technology related to library and information science including network systems, basic database design and programming, web design, usability, and systems analysis.
Computer skills: Basic HTML and CSS