Welcome to my e-portfolio pages, the culminating project for my Masters in Library and Information Science program at San Jose State University’s School of Information. This e-portfolio is divided into the following areas: this Introduction, my Statement of Professional Philosophy, the 14 Core Competencies and associated evidentiary work, the Conclusion, and my Affirmation.
I found that for my purposes, Canvas worked well in creating the structural framework of my e-portfolio. I knew I wouldn’t have the time or inclination to try formatting a Google site or WordPress and I was only too glad that at least Canvas is an option. My plan was if I finish with time to spare, I would transfer my e-portfolio to WordPress so I can also use it in my professional career.
From the beginning of the program, I have been saving all school-related material because I like to refer back to them. Back then I was more inclined to choosing a thesis for the final project. But at some point, someone told me I would need at least a year to complete one and I already had all these materials saved. So choosing to complete an e-portfolio seemed like the more practical choice.
As it happens, saving these materials (including lectures, notes, readings, discussion posts, and quizzes) made the project less laborious. I wish I had been more organized like I know some students are by keeping spreadsheets but I could never get around to updating them in a regular basis. Besides, the competencies have been reorganized from when I first started in 2012, and it would have been like re-doing the whole thing. I was also too busy taking extra classes during the year and even in summer to make sure I had evidence for all the competencies.
I was so glad I did because the competencies cover the broad range of skills and abilities a graduate of an MLIS program should have but if I only stuck with the classes based on a career pathway, I probably would have had a hard time gathering enough evidence. By taking extra classes, not only did I enrich my knowledge, I also had sufficient unique pieces of evidence that I did not have to use any one evidence twice.
As I was preparing for the e-portfolio last summer, I began sorting the files into electronic folders, one for each competency. If an artifact can be used for two competencies, I noted it at the top of the document and dropped a copy in the competencies it can work with. In the back of my mind, I would later assign it to the competency that it represented best.
What helped me the most in constructing this e-portfolio is referring to my course notes and the readings I have saved. It made it a lot easier to refresh my memory and build a foundation for my statement of competency. I made a conscious effort not to consult other exemplar e-portfolios in writing the statement because I want the content to be entirely from my own thoughts and not influenced by the work of others.
I began each competency by defining it in my own words, as I understood it to mean. I repeatedly referred to the different components of each competency, making sure that I addressed each one in my statement. Then I proceeded to expound on the different components and how I see its application in actual practice. I chose the evidence for each competency carefully to make sure that it is my best work. For each artifact, I established its relationship with the competency and how it supports my knowledge on the subject. I also provided links to electronic copies of the evidence.
Finally, no piece of writing is complete without editing and rewriting as improvements are part of the whole writing process. It is amazing how despite judicious review and running spell check that there can still be little typos. This e-portfolio is the representation of my identity as a professional and it is important to me to present my best self. The following pages is the compilation of all the skills I have acquired and will continue to use in my professional life.