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SOIS helps students become leaders in librarianship and information science. In order to be successful in the program students must have a basic understanding of computer technologies. Instructors will expect incoming SOIS students to be competent in the following areas before beginning any core course:

  • Basic computer file management
  • Productivity applications (word processing, presentation)
  • Internet searching and evaluation

Instructors will expect SOIS students to be competent in the following areas before beginning any course beyond the core:

  • Basic HTML
  • Productivity applications (spreadsheet, database)
  • Searching electronic databases

As students progress in the program, certain courses may require additional technology competencies. These skills will be identified in the course syllabus.

Support for Gaining Competency

Many students will begin the SOIS program already fully competent in the areas above. However, if you need instruction and/or review, there are a number of training resources available:

The Library and Information Science Student Association offers periodic tech competency workshops. Visit for information about upcoming events.

Dominican University Academic Enrichment Center
If tutoring is required, help may be possible through the AEC. Please call 708-524-6783 or visit MyDU--Resources--Student Services--Academic Enrichment Center.

Atomic Learning
Dominican subscribes to this online tutorial service, free to students, faculty, and staff. Access it via the "online learning" link in the Support Center. Tutorials are available on a wide variety of topics, from MS Office applications to social media, project management, and many more.

WebJunction is a partnership between the Gates Foundation and OCLC that provides online resources and continuing education for libraries and librarians. Visit

Private Resources
Other resources, such as community colleges or tutoring companies, are available for you to gain competency in the areas above.