INFO 289 Required Content
Your e-Portfolio should contain the following required components
1st component: Introduction
- A brief Introduction to the e-Portfolio (its organization and structure, the process you followed)
2nd component: Statement of Professional Philosophy (only for those who entered the School before Spring 2015. If you entered the School in Spring 2015 or later, you do not write a statement of professional philosophy but instead address Comp O. Please see this page.
- A Statement of Professional Philosophy (approximately three to five pages)—thoughtful and articulate, with reference to experiences, learning, readings; your conception of information work as it relates to the specific type(s) of library or information organization(s) in which you intend to pursue a career; your professional goals, and the relationship of these goals to the items in your e-Portfolio. You should also discuss here your understanding of the final competency O: “contribute to the cultural, economic, educational and social well-being of our global communities,” and demonstrate (in your discussion) your mastery of this competency.
3rd-16th components: Areas of Competency
Important: If you entered the school in Spring 2015 or later you will address Core Competencies A-O but will not write a separate statement of professional philosophy. Please see this page. If you entered the school prior to Spring 2015 you will address Competencies A-N and write a statement of professional philosophy as outlined above.
A Statement of Competency is required for each of the 13 or 14 Core Competencies (A-N or A-O depending on when you entered the school). While each advisor may have different specifics they would prefer that you address, in general, consider the following as an example of a competency statement organization:
- Start with what you understand the competency to mean - define the competency. Be careful to thoroughly address each part of the competency. Explain why it is important to the profession as a whole. Use the rubrics - these are your guidelines to writing a successful statement of competency.
- Discuss what coursework/work experience prepared you for understanding and being able to perform the competency.
- Now present and discuss each piece of evidence you selected - say why you selected this evidence and how it demonstrates your competency and the skills and knowledge you learned.
- Close by discussing how you are able (know how to, or can) apply or transfer your skills and knowledge in the future to different [work] situations or environments.
- You must include a minimum of one piece of evidence for each competency; however, submitting two or three pieces of evidence is preferred. The final decision rests with your e-Portfolio advisor whether more will be required. See Examples of Evidentiary Items for more specifics about evidence. Note: Your evidence should be in its own section either as attachments or URLs.
17th component: Conclusion
- Conclusion: In your Conclusion Statement, include here your reflections on your MLIS program, a discussion of your strengths, and a professional growth plan, plus any final comments and conclusions.
18th component: Affirmation
- Affirmation: Each e-Portfolio must close with a statement from the student affirming the following:
- All introductory, reflective, and evidentiary work submitted is mine alone (except where indicated as a group or team project), and has been prepared solely by me.
- I am protecting the privacy of the contents of my e-Portfolio by password protecting it or by sharing the URL only with my e-portfolio advisor.
- Before making my e-portfolio public I will respect the privacy of others by removing mention in this e-Portfolio of information that could lead to the identity of individuals (team members in group projects, internship supervisors, interviewees, etc.) and institutions
- [Your name]
You may use the exact wording above for the Affirmation.