Welcome to my ePortfolio. This was created in the fall of 2014 as the culmination of my work towards a Masters of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University’s School of Information. To satisfy the requirements for an ePortfolio, students must demonstrate mastery these fifteen competencies:
A. articulate the ethics, values, and foundational principles of library and information professionals and their role in the promotion of intellectual freedom;
B. describe and compare the organizational settings in which library and information professionals practice;
C. recognize and describe cultural and economic diversity in the clientele of libraries or information organizations;
D. apply the fundamental principles of planning, management, marketing, and advocacy;
E. design, query, and evaluate information retrieval systems;
F. use the basic concepts and principles related to the selection, evaluation, organization, and preservation of physical and digital items and collections;
G. demonstrate understanding of basic principles and standards involved in organizing information, including classification, cataloging, metadata, or other systems;
H. demonstrate proficiency in identifying, using, and evaluating current and emerging information and communication technologies;
I. use service concepts, principles, and techniques to connect individuals or groups with accurate, relevant, and appropriate information;
J. describe the fundamental concepts of information-seeking behaviors;
K. design instructional programs based on learning principles and theories;
L. demonstrate understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods and of the evaluation and synthesis of research literature;
M. demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for professional collaboration and presentations;
N. evaluate programs and services based on measurable criteria; and
O. contribute to the cultural, economic, educational, and social well-being of our global communities.
Within the ePortfolio, I created a page for Competency A through Competency N. Each competency page contains three sections. The first is a Statement of Competency, where I articulate the meaning of the competency and address some of the major themes on the subject. The second section is Evidence; it contains two or three pieces of my work that prove I have mastered the material covered in that section of the ePortfolio. Each piece of evidence is linked and then described in context of my studies and the competency. Examples of evidence include research papers, design projects, online presentations, discussion posts, and documentation from volunteer projects. The third section of the competency pages lists the works cited in the first two sections of the page.
The ePortfolio also contains this Introduction, a Statement of Philosophy in which I discuss Competency O and my beliefs regarding the profession of library and information science, a Conclusion, where I reflect on my time at the School of Information and my future plans, and an Affirmation that I have done the work myself, given credit where it is due, and respected the confidentiality and privacy of my classmates, instructors, and collaborators.
I began the process of gathering and organizing materials during my very first week at the School of Information (then known as SLIS), after receiving advice from my LIBR 203 peer mentor, who was beginning her own ePortfolio at that point. My first step was to create an Excel file where I listed the competencies and matched them to the classes I intended to take. At the end of every semester, I reviewed my coursework, volunteer activities, and freelance projects and linked the files in the Excel sheet as possible evidence. By the time I was ready to start writing the ePortfolio, I had the evidence gathered, formatted, and organized by competency. During this process, I also identified several pieces of evidence that were potential matches for multiple competencies; I made note of these for future use in my professional portfolio.
I created my ePortfolio in Squarespace in order to facilitate using pieces of it in my professional portfolio. I’ve maintained a Squarespace site for five years, and highly recommend the service for its easy-to-learn interface and superb customer service. You may navigate through this ePortfolio by using the “ePortfolio” link at the top of the screen, or by scrolling to the bottom of the screen and selecting a competency from the gallery. The entire ePortfolio is password-protected.
As I wrote each Statement of Competency, I found my perspective shift regarding the evidence, and I frequently rearranged my Excel sheet as I worked. While I used most of the evidence from my original list, many items are attached to competencies other than the ones I had originally assigned to them.
I found the process of preparing, organizing, and creating the ePortfolio to be tremendously valuable. Thoroughly reviewing and re-examining my coursework helped me to integrate some of the ideas and themes of later courses with the material I covered in my first few semesters and refresh my understanding of the work I completed earlier in my studies. I would like to thank my advisor for her feedback and encouragement, the Facebook ePort support group for their cheerleading, advice, and moral support throughout the process, and my family for their understanding and support.
There’s a tradition on the ePort support group to post a word cloud created from completed ePortfolios. I’ve included mine here as a visual summary of my final project: