In this project, I worked with three other group members in redesigning a library website. Although, we divided tasks among group members, we were continuously communicating and collaborating to make sure that all the pages have similar feel and look, and the content is reorganized in a unified and meaningful way. This project was important for my professional growth because of the following reasons:
- It increased my technical skills because I applied the different HTML and CSS skills I learned throughout the semester as well as from the previous course of LIS6080.
- It increased my information analysis and synthesis skills as I worked on reorganizing the contents of the website.
- I worked in a group, which tremendously increased my communication and group work skills.
Database Design and Administration
I have included my capstone project for this course, which contains a database application program I designed from scratch and a system documentation file. The project involved creating a scenario, preparing project description, devising business rules, preparing Entity Relationship Diagram (ERD), database implementation using SQL programming, user interface design and system documentation. I further explored application of database in web systems in my Scripting Languages course and Computing Resources Management course. I learned application of database concepts in my Integrated Library Systems course as well.
I have included one of my papers in this course in which I wrote definitions, explanation, and historical overview of the information policy field. I also wrote about topics and issues that information policy study covers and are especially relevant in the library and information profession. This course made me read, write and research extensively issues in the information policy field.
I chose the above topic for my research proposal because it is closely related to my area of concentration in information technology and library and information science. Additionally, I believe the topic is vital because it helps to understand the coming generation and meet their information needs. This project gave me practical experience in literature review and theory formulation, which tremendously increased my skills of literature search and critical evaluation of resources. As I carefully planned each of the steps in the research process, I had a chance to learn about the different research traditions and methodologies and choose the appropriate ones for my topic. I have also included the URL for my blog where I prepared summary of different research methodologies.