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M.L.I.S. ePortfolio

The development of the Design Response Folio seeks to accomplish the following within your graduate learning program:

  1. Identify artifacts that demonstrate your mastery of LIS program outcomes
  2. Analyze and reflect upon each self-chosen artifact in an effort to assess overall learning and professional growth throughout your LIS program
  3. Upload artifacts and their accompanying reflections
  4. Develop a Showcase Portfolio from the contents of this Directed Response Folio that is suitable for career advancement opportunities (optional)

M.L.I.S. Program Goals

There are seven M.L.I.S. program goals.  These are derived from the ALA Core Competencies of Librarianship which “defines the basic knowledge to be possessed by all persons graduating from an ALA-accredited master’s program in library and information studies.” (ALA, 2009)

  • Assist and Educate Users
  • Develop and Manage Collections of Information Resources
  • Represent and Organize Information Resources
  • Manage and Lead Libraries and Other Information Organizations
  • Use Research Effectively
  • Deploy information technologies in effective and innovative ways
  • Approach professional issues with understanding

Process for developing the Design Response Folio (LIS ePortfolio)

1. Identify Artifacts: Early and Late Samples

From your classes or internships, identify projects, papers, experiences, course discussion, service, or other artifacts that you feel demonstrate various elements of a particular LIS Program goal.

2. Personal Analysis and Assessment of Growth

Early Artifacts: Learning Approximations

These artifacts will be selected after you complete the following core courses:  S401, S501, S502, S503/S504 in the early days of your program, and during the completion of the first 18 hours of your program. They provide evidence of your early thinking and learning in relation to the LIS Program Goals. You can start with basic materials from your core courses. These artifacts may or may not show mastery of the program goal, but they will show your initial thoughts on the meaning of program goal through your reflection on the learning.

Late Artifacts: Evidence of Growth and Mastery

As you hone your career focus, select your academic track toward specific type(s) of library and information service role(s), and take advanced courses, you will select a second Late Artifact to reflect upon. The second reflection will draw connections between the Early Artifact and the Late Artifact. The goal of the reflection will be to analyze your own growth, and show evidence your mastery of the LIS Program Goal by comparing the two artifacts.

3. Upload Artifacts and Reflections: Program Goal Indicators

For each of the seven LIS Program Goals, there are accompanying Indicators.  You will upload an Early and Late artifact with its accompanying reflection document that follows the parameters as described in the template.

Early Artifacts: Formative Feedback   (after the completion of 18 hours)

After submitting these artifacts and reflective statements, your advisor will read and issue formative feedback about your development as an information professional to this point. You will use the feedback to guide the development of the final half of your program.

Late Artifacts:  Summative Feedback

Prior to conferring your degree, you will revisit your early artifacts, and chose a second late artifact upon which to reflect. The reflection will address the growth of your thinking and understanding that occurred between the early and late artifacts. It will address your mastery of the LIS Program Goals.

4. Develop a Showcase Portfolio [Optional]

One of the advantages of Taskstream ePortfolio system is the ability to create a Showcase Portfolio that can be used to design career advancement tools as you seek future jobs.

If you chose, you will be given support to use the Taskstream interface to use the elements of your Directed Response Folio to hand-craft a tool that fits your career needs.