Students taking courses in the Master of Library Science Program need access to a computer and a reliable Internet connection.
It is highly recommended that your Internet service be high-speed. As a distance education student, your computer is your classroom. You will access e-mail, the Blackboard course site, online forums and chats, instant messaging, and various websites in your studies. Some online forums, such as Centra, have audio capabilities, so a microphone and speakers are desirable.
You will need a word processing program. Microsoft Word 2010 is recommended. You may also use other Microsoft Office applications such as Excel and PowerPoint. Microsoft Office and other software are available through ECU's Dowdy Student Store with special student pricing at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/studentstores/Computers/Software.cfm.
To post documents to your portfolio, you will need to create PDF documents. You can do this with Word 2007 an up or by downloading PrimoPDF free at http://www.primopdf.com/index.aspx.
Symantec Anti virus is also required and is provided free. Once enrolled in classes, students can download the software from http://www.onestop.ecu.edu.
Technical assistance is available on common issues such as network access and viruses via phone by calling 252.328.9866 or 800.340.7081 or via the web at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-itcs/help.cfm.
Below are computer specifications recommended by the Department of Library Science: