CIS students help foster a love of reading in Tulsa community

Independent bookstore Magic City Books will soon open in Tulsa’s Brady Arts District. A project of the nonprofit Tulsa Literary Coalition, Magic City Books aims to foster a love of reading and build a community of book lovers in Tulsa. Bibliophiles can celebrate their love of literature by joining any number of book discussion groups based on their interests.

To develop a database that can match readers with book clubs, Tulsa Literary Coalition turned to computer information systems (CIS) students at The University of Tulsa. The project is part of a senior-level CIS course that offers students a chance to apply skills learned in class to a problem or challenge faced by a local nonprofit.

Students work in teams that include a project leader, one or two developers and business analysts who serve as communications liaisons between the team and the client. Senior CIS major Ashley Etter serves as project leader for the Tulsa Literary Coalition project. Etter says, “With this database, the Tulsa Literary Coalition will be able to foster a love of reading in the community of Tulsa. It’s going to be a good program that the organization really needed.”

Etter cites that one of the biggest benefits of the senior projects course is gaining firsthand experience on a real project for a client. “Working with the Tulsa Literary Coalition has been great for all of us,” she says. “It’s helped us distinguish our role within the team and as part of our project. This class has given me experience in interacting with other team members, which is something that I’ll carry to my first job.”

Read more about Magic City Books and the Tulsa Literary Coalition in this Tulsa World article.

For more information about the CIS program, visit utulsa.edu/cis.