Throughout my time in the SIS program here at UT I have had the opportunity to develop web design skills in several different content management systems. Web 2.0 Products is a website I designed that showcases the various networking applications I have learned in the program. Included on my website is a page I developed by using html code, a podcast I created discussing the future of information science, a screencast that shows people how to create a video using iMovie, and a mobile website I designed for my dog rescue. These skills will be useful in whatever information environment I enter upon completing this program.
I learned the necessary skills needed in Drupal through online tutorials and in-class demonstrations. Drupal is fairly intuitive and allows first-time users to learn the system fairly quickly. Drupal has enabled me to develop skills that have enhanced my learning strategies and capabilities. I have become experienced and insightful in web design and technologies. I was able to gain hands on experience with the latest information and communications technologies, as well as theoretical insight into emerging trends and techniques. I have also gained knowledge of emerging trends and technologies relevant to libraries/information centers. With the knowledge of Web 2.0 concepts and application software, I will be able to implement and evaluate Web 2.0 capabilities in my future career. This project has given me the ability to identify, evaluate, compare, and select applications appropriate for supporting delivery of information services and resources.
As a graduate research assistant for the UT School of Information Sciences program I developed a website using Drupal for Library Anchor Models Bridging Diversity Achievements (LAMBDA) project. With the skills learned from creating my first Drupal site above, I was able to design a site keeping the theme consistent with the University of Tennessee website and the School of Information Sciences website. Having a higher level of access in Drupal with this project has allowed me to gain additional knowledge in Google Analytics, RSS feeds, forums, and using CSS in to change theme colors, fonts, layouts, and design.
I developed another website using RapidWeaver and uploaded the content to my UT Unix account using Cyberduck as open source SFTP. RapidWeaver is a fairly straightfoward program similar to Drupal. Working with Cyberduck to upload my content to my UNIX account at UT was challenging because I had no experience with open source SFTP and had never uploaded content to a webhost. I had little direction in the entire process from start to finish, but was able to teach myself the necessary steps to get my content from RapidWeaver to a live website. This was one of the more challenging projects I worked on in graduate school, but it was very informative and I learned a lot from using the three different programs to create my website. I learned the capabilities and limitations of web building technologies and was able to gain hands-on experience with real-world IT concepts.
Competencies Demonstrated: Information Technology