There are two segments of LIS ePortfolio development, each with its own goals. Descriptions below serve as broad outlines for each ePortfolio’s design. Detailed step-by-step instructions, tutorials, sample exemplars, and rubrics are provided to students enrolled in the LIS program prior to completing either ePortfolio segment.
Early ePortfolio: an academic advising tool
The Early ePortfolio consists of two essays. Upon entering the LIS Master of Library and Information Science graduate program, students begin their Early ePortfolio while taking S500 where they write The Baseline Essay. The Early ePortfolio is finalized when students reach 18—21 hours of LIS coursework. At that point, they write and submit the LIS Program Goals Essay and alert their Academic Advisor that they finished both essays for the Early ePortfolio. A mid-program advising conference is scheduled between the student and the academic advisor to discuss the development of the second half of the student’s graduate program before registration is completed for the next semester of classes.
Late ePortfolio: demonstration of mastery of LIS program goals
The Late ePortfolio consists of one complex essay. The essay includes a self-analysis of the student’s mastery of the LIS Graduation Program Goals, as well as a goal-setting segment for professional development beyond graduate school. In general, during the months leading up to a student’s final semester of coursework a student will:
- Study LIS Program Goals and any specialization competencies
- Identify up to ten artifacts that demonstrate mastery of LIS Program Goals
- Analyze and reflect upon each self-chosen artifact in order to assess overall learning and professional growth throughout the LIS program as related to the LIS Program Goals and various competencies
- Elaborate on ways professional growth will advance beyond the graduate program
The Late ePortfolio is completed and submitted to the student’s academic advisor approximately one semester prior to graduation. Successful completion of the Late ePortfolio is a requirement for the Master of Library and Information Science degree.
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)
- Connect core values and professional ethics to practice
- Facilitate engagement in the information ecosystem
- Curate collections for designated communities
- Lead and manage libraries, archives, and other information organizations
- Organize and represent information
- Conduct systematic research to inform decisions
- Innovate professional practice with information services and technology