As a final assessment, the graduate School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at San José State University offers students the opportunity to complete either a thesis or an e-portfolio. While a thesis would allow me to explore a specific research area in depth, the e-portfolio is designed to “provide students the opportunity to reflect on the breadth of their coursework, including areas that they do not intend to pursue professionally but are, nevertheless, a part of our professional foundations,” (Simmons, 2013).
In an e-portfolio, students are expected to demonstrate their mastery of SLIS’s fourteen A-N competencies, which are linked to skills and knowledge recommended by the American Library Association and Special Library Association. Each competency must be demonstrated through an essay as well as evidence, either from SLIS coursework or other personal experience. Evidence formats may include anything from papers to presentations to websites. The e-portfolio also includes a statement of professional philosophy, which asks students to consider their future not only in terms of career, but also in terms of how they will contribute to their professional and social communities.
I chose to do an e-portfolio rather than a thesis because I appreciate this opportunity to reflect on my education in breadth, as I originally wanted to pursue a MLIS degree for its broad applications. Throughout the past semester working on my e-portfolio, I have explored aspects of my education that I previously undervalued or even ignored. Fitting myself into the structure of 14 competencies has been a difficult, yet extremely worthwhile challenge, and in the process I have solidified many of the skills I present in my evidence.
This e-portfolio contains over 45 pages of writing and 40 articles of evidence, organized by competency. Below, I have listed all of the SLIS courses I took and mapped them to the evidence presented within this e-portfolio. Please feel free to explore at your leisure, either by competency (via the left-hand navigation) or course (via the list below).
Competencies Mapped to Courses
LIBR 200 – Information & Society
A, B, C, D, L
LIBR 202 – Information Retrieval E, G
LIBR 203 – Online Learning
LIBR 204 – Information Organizations & Management B, D, N
LIBR 210 – Reference & Information Services A, E, I, J
LIBR 220 – Maps & Geographic Information Systems C, M, N
LIBR 240 – Information Technology Tools and Applications H
LIBR 242 – Database Management E
LIBR 246 – Data Visualization I, M
LIBR 246 – PHP/MySQL H
LIBR 246 – XML F, G, M
LIBR 251 – Web Usability C, J, N
LIBR 285 – Research Methods L, N
LIBR 282 – Digital Asset Management F, G
LIBR 287 – Mobile Design H
Simmons, M. (2013). Using an electronic portfolio as a capstone project: The rationale, logistics, and reflections. The Evolllution. Retrieved from http://www.evolllution.com/distance_online_learning/using-an-electronic-portfolio-as-a-capstone-project-the-rationale-logistics-and-reflections-part-1/