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Welcome to my e-portfolio. This is the final project for my Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from San José State University's iSchool. I was enrolled in the program full-time from fall 2015 through fall 2017. During that time, I took the following courses:

INFO 203 Online Learning: Tools and Strategies for Success

INFO 200 Information Communities

INFO 202 Information Retrieval System Design

INFO 204 Information Professions

INFO 244 Online Searching

INFO 248 Beginning Cataloging and Classification

INFO 281 Seminar in Contemporary Issues: Metadata

INFO 240 Information Technology Tools and Applications

INFO 246 Advanced Information Technology Tools and Applications: Fundamentals of Programming

INFO 210 Reference and Information Services: Reference in the Age of Google Marketing, Outreach, Management, Evaluation

INFO 285 Research Methods in Library and Information Science: Action Research

INFO 298 Special Studies (Peer Mentor)

INFO 294 Professional Experience: Internship

INFO 246 Advanced Information Technology Tools and Applications: Information Visualization

INFO 287 Seminar in Information Science: Subject Analysis

INFO 281 Seminar in Contemporary Issues: Marketing Your LIS Skills in a Networked and Changing World

INFO 284 Seminar in Archives and Records Management: Special Collections

INFO 281 Seminar in Contemporary Issues: Graphic Novels

IS 590RRO Reading Romance in the Library (taken through the University of Illinois as part of the WISE program)

INFO 298 Advanced Topics in Library and Information Science

Using the coursework I completed, internship experience, and work experience, I demonstrated my mastery of each core competencies by completing an essay on each competency. To begin this process, I started by reviewing all of my assignments from each class. I wish I had done this as I went through the program! It was a huge task that took most of the first week of the semester. After I had remembered the work I had done, I went through and mapped coursework to the potential competencies it might work for. This also was a slow process, but as I became more familiar with the competencies, it became easier. After that, I dove in to write the competency that I thought would be easiest for me to start with, Comp O on global communities. As I worked through each competency, I would answer the four questions that my advisor has outlined:

  • What do I understand the competency to mean, define it and explain why it is important to me as a professional and to the profession as a whole
  • What coursework/work experience prepared me for it and how do I demonstrate that preparation
  • Why I chose the evidence I selected and how it shows competency
  • What I learned and how I will apply it in the future in several different situations.

These questions guided my thinking and informed how I would outline and prepare each statement of competency. By clicking on any of the competencies listed below, you will be taken to my statement of competency for each.

The competencies are:

  Intellectual Freedom

Intellectual Freedom

  Organizations

Organizations

  Diversity

Diversity

  Management

Management

  Information Retrieval Systems

Information Retrieval Systems

  Collection Development

Collection Development

  Cataloging and Classification

Cataloging and Classification

  Technology

Technology

  Reference Service

Reference Service

  Information Seeking Behavior

Information Seeking Behavior

  Instructional Design

Instructional Design

  Research Methods

Research Methods

  Communication

Communication

  Evaluation

Evaluation

  Global Communities

Global Communities

  Conclusion & Affirmation

Conclusion & Affirmation