The e-portfolio is a fulfillment of graduation requirements for the Masters in Library Science from Dominican University. It exemplifies my work in the program over the last year and a half, specifically in five areas: professional identity, the nature of information, the navigation of information, synthesizing theory and practice, and communication and collaboration.
My current resume can be found by following the link in the navigation bar, and the summary essay can be found with this link. Links to the artifacts supporting the goals are included in the outcome descriptions below each goal.
Goal one: Develop a professional identity.
1a and 1C: Describe the historical foundations of the library and information science professions; Identify core values and ethics of the library and information science professions – fulfilled by a paper on the similarities between Carnegie library policies and the ALA code of ethics, written for LIS 701. This paper was chosen because it examines the background of one of the largest library building pushes in the world and how it affected library practice, and because it connects that practice with the ethics of the profession.
1E: Participate in professional activities and associations – fulfilled by a photograph of notes from an industry career workshop. These notes were chosen because they reflect my participation in a professional activity, where I gained knowledge about the job hunt and special libraries and built professional relationships.
Goal two: Understand the essential nature of information and its relevance to society.
2A: Describe various definitions and concepts of information – fulfilled by a screenshot of a class discussion in LIS 703 in which we debated data vs. metadata. This was chosen because it explores the differences between data and metadata, two information concepts that can sometimes have a blurry distinction.
2C: Assess community information needs and access – fulfilled by a report on Encoded Archival Description and Categories for the Description of Works of Art. This report was chosen because it investigated what made EAD and CDWA the best metadata schemas for the information needs of their communities, and how they facilitate access to the resources they described.
2D: Develop appropriate responses to information needs – fulfilled by a program designed for LIS 704. This program was chosen because it responds to a fictitious community’s needs for education on and for people who do not fit gender or romantic binaries, a growing segment of the population.
Goal three: Navigate, curate, and create information across the spectrum of human records, from local to global contexts.
3A: Utilize the resources needed to manage information – fulfilled by catalog records created for LIS 703. This record was chosen because it demonstrates my ability to create resources that assist others in locating information resources.
3B: Design tools that facilitate access to information – fulfilled by a subject guide site created for LIS 704. This site was chosen because it demonstrates my ability to support students in a class looking for specific resources, including giving information on how to access those resources.
3C: Evaluate tools that facilitate access to information – fulfilled by an evaluation of various reference services at a local library, written for LIS 704. This evaluation was chosen because it examines reference services, a point of access for community members, and thinks about the ways in which those services could be improved.
Goal four: Synthesize theory and practice within a dynamic and evolving information environment.
4A: Articulate theories and concepts in relation to professional practice – fulfilled by a usability survey written for LIS 753. This survey was chosen because it applies web design theories and best practices to a point of information access for community members, and is a skill I may need in a professional setting.
4B: Demonstrate application of theory to practice – fulfilled by a website design plan written for LIS 753. This plan was chosen because it discusses the way in which I am implementing web design theories to an actual website.
4C: Facilitate formal and informal learning – fulfilled by a program I am developing for LIS 734. This program was chosen because it will offer students an opportunity to learn information literacy skills in an informal setting, which lowers stakes and stress levels. The lesson can then be reapplied in a formal classroom instruction setting.
Goal five: effectively communicate and collaborate to deliver, market, and advocate for library and information services
5C: Negotiate group dynamics in pursuit of a common goal – fulfilled by a group report written for LIS 882. This report was chosen because it demonstrates how colleagues can come together and work on a successful project together, even without ever meeting in person.
5D: Speak to achieve common understanding – fulfilled by a presentation created for LIS 701. This presentation was chosen because even though it does not have my voice attached to it, it helped me to facilitate a successful presentation of the problems rural libraries face.
5E: Write to achieve common understanding – fulfilled by (one two) screenshots of a discussion for LIS 770, representative of many discussion boards in online classes. These screenshots were chosen because they exemplify the way many of my classes have operated. Students must write clearly and concisely to get their point across, and then comment on other students’ responses to engage in a conversation with them.