LIS 505 (2004 Winter) - Assignments

PowerPoint presentation assignment

(Due day before class, 8 am.) (Required)

Sign up for one of the presentation topics. Note when your presentation is due.

Create a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation for the class on the topic for which you have signed up.

The presentation should make the class familiar with the computer technology selected. It should address at least the following general questions unless they are obviously inapplicable.

Pitch the presentation to a suitable level: assume that the audience have already read any applicable course Web pages.

Test your presentation to make sure it works correctly on the FIMS LAN. Submit it as an e-mail attachment or as the URL (e-mailed or printed on a sheet of paper) of a copy that you have mounted on your Web site, by 8 am on the Wednesday before the class assigned to your topic.

Show your presentation in the class for which it is scheduled. Take no more than 20 minutes. You may include brief demonstration of software or information sources outside of the presentation file itself. Allow two or three minutes for questions.

The grade for this assignment will be based on your PowerPoint presentation as submitted. How well you do at showing the presentation in class will contribute toward your final participation grade. The PowerPoint presentation file will be graded on both content and form. Reasons for lowered grades may include both omission of required content elements and inclusion of erroneous or out-of-date information or off-topic material. The grade will not take into account information on sites linked to, except that the links should be good and the sites should be relevant.

Feedback comments will be supplied (by e-mail) within the week following the class.


Software evaluation assignment

(Due January 14, 8 am.) (Elective)

Sign up for a software product with which you are familiar.

Submit a short general review of the package (about 2 pages single spaced) touching at least on the following points:

Try for a review that is informative, clear, and free from errors. Provide key factual information, but do not swamp the reader with detail.

Be prepared to comment briefly on your findings in class.

Terminology assignment

(Due January 21, 8 am) (Elective)

Pick 5 terms from the list of topics for the course (505ind.htm). Examine the definition for each.

In your report (about 2 pages, single spaced), for each of the five terms, include a paragraph discussing whether it is currently important for an information professional to know the term; if so, for what purpose and how long you think the term will be useful; if not, why not and whether you think the term will be useful in future or was useful in the past.

Be prepared to comment on the terms in class.

Library Web site critique.

(Due February 4, 8 am.) (Elective)

Sign up for the Web site of a library or library school.

Use Internet Explorer to access the site. Try accessing the site with Java, Javascript, and cookies enabled and with them disabled, and note any differences.

For your report (2 pages, single-spaced), give the title and URL of the site's home page and assess the site in terms of criteria for good basic Web site design (e.g., download time, ease of use, browser compatibility, accessibility, content, presence of descriptive title). Remember to note any difficulties encountered if certain options are disabled.

Be prepared to comment on your findings in class.

Web page design assignment

(Due February 11, 8 am) (Required)

Construct a single Web page (either a résumé page designed for prospective employers or a page which has a central theme and purpose). It should be well organized (for example, not just a random list of favorite sites). Use good design principles for layout and structure. Include at least two links and at least one in-line image.

Make sure that you have permission to use any material included (you do not have to ask for permission just to link to someone else's page, though it is often considered good etiquette to do so). Regardless of this, do not duplicate someone else's page or a page which you have created for another assignment.

Your page must use correct HTML 4.01 (though by all means use "deprecated" elements like font if you wish).

Mount the page in your public_html directory on and submit the URL by e-mail or on a sheet of paper.

Be prepared to clarify any points on your page in class and to explain your reasons for making the design choices that you did.

Document capture assignment

(Due, February 18, 8 am.) (Elective)

Imagine that your personal papers form an important archival collection that is to be made available electronically to researchers or others. Pick a personal paper that seems to present important evidence about your life or times. Scan its contents into electronic format. Apply text recognition software or photo editing software as appropriate.

Submit a copy of your electronic file on disk or via e-mail. In addition, submit a report (1 page single-spaced) discussing why you chose the paper, why you selected the electronic file format, and any associated options such as compression ratio, that you did, and disadvantages of the particular electronic form chosen in comparison to the original.

Microsoft Access table

(Due March 3, 8 am.) (Elective)

Use Microsoft Access to create a table for storing a catalogue of books in a small special library. Create an Autonumber field for ID number and use it as the key field. Make the title field required. Include also fields for author, publisher, price, date acquired, and year published. Choose an appropriate data type and length for each field. Add a Memo type field for keeping any notes about each item. Save the table with the name books. Enter four or five records into the table. Print out the records in the table.

Hand in a report (no more than 1 page, single-spaced) explaining your choices for data type and length of each field and discussing the advantages and disadvantages of putting multiple authors into a single field. Also hand in the printout of your table and a disk (properly labeled) containing only the database.

Remember to keep a backup copy of everything on the disk in case of any problems.

Microsoft Access query and report

(Due March 17, 8 am.) (Required)

Use the table of books that you created for the previous assignment or create a new one. This time, include a field for order date. Create a Make-Table query for the table. The query should create a table containing records for all books (and only those books) that were ordered within the last 30 days (excluding today), with price more than $40. The query result table should show the following fields in the sequence indicated: title, price, order date. It should be in the same database and should have a different name from the main table of books.

Prepare a report of the table of books which contains the following fields in the sequence indicated: author, title, publication year, price. Records in the report should be sorted by author (ascending), subsorted by title (ascending), and subsubsorted by publication year (descending). The average price of all books in the entire database should be presented in an appropriate position. Complete book titles should be displayed. Your name, the time, and the date that the report is generated should be indicated at the bottom of the report (with the date in Long Date format and the time in Short Time format). The report should have a proper title at the top of the report and a page number on the top of each page. It should be well laid out, in portrait, not landscape, style, with a width of no more than 18 cm.

Hand in a 3.5" disk with the database. Hand in also the printout of the report.

Systems analysis and design techniques

(Due March 24, 8 am.) (Elective)

Find a published article in library and information science that make uses of a standard systems analysis or design technique; e.g., organization chart, data flow diagram, decision table, Gantt chart, PERT, information architecture matrix, affinity diagram, etc.

Write a report (2 pages, single-spaced) describing the technique used and how it was applied by the author(s) of the article and commenting on the appropriateness of the technique to what was being attempted by the authors and to communicating the findings to the reader. Remember to provide a complete citation to the article.

Be prepared to comment in class on the article that you examined.


(Due March 31, 8 am.) (Elective)

Select a library catalog that is available to you on the Web. Examine the search interface and try several searches using different criteria. See if there is anything that tells you what automation package is being used to maintain the catalog or the Web interface.

Write a report on the Web OPAC that you examined (2 pages, single-spaced). Include the URL for the home page of the catalog interface. Append a copy of one or more of the interface pages. Note what kinds of searching are available and what kinds are not. Note any erroneous behavior by the interface or the catalog search engine. Other points of interest might include availability of MARC format, treatment of long titles or author names, display of special characters, and multilingual options.

Be prepared to discuss your observations in class.

Mini RFP

(Due April 7, 8 am.) (Elective)

Write a mini-RFP (2 pages, single-spaced) for a real or fictitious library project covering just the following elements:

While examining one or more existing RFPs may help you in completing this assignment, your mini-RFP should not be simply a summary of, or extract from, an existing RFP.

Other topics

(Due April 14, 8 am.) (Elective)

Write a report (2 pages, single spaced) on some other technology topic of interest to you that has not yet been covered in this course.

Be prepared to summarize your main points in class.


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