Welcome to the e-portfolio of Kimberly Lynne. This portfolio is the culmination of three years of study during the course of the Masters of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program through San Jose State University (SJSU). Created in the Spring of 2017, it demonstrates my competency in fourteen different skill areas of information science. The portfolio is comprised of an introduction, my statement of professional philosophy, fourteen competency statements, a conclusion and affirmation.

Each competency statement is comprised of four parts: a statement of competency, which explains my understanding of the concepts within that competency, a discussion of my connection to the competency, a presentation of my personal evidence of mastery of the competency, downloadable evidence files for review, and references.

The fourteen competencies that each graduate of the Master of Library and Information Science program must be proficient in are as follows:

1. Ethics – demonstrate awareness of the ethics, values, and foundational principles of one of the information professions, and discuss the importance of intellectual freedom within that profession;

2. Environments – describe and compare organizational settings in which information professionals practice;

3. Demographics – recognize the diversity (such as cultural andĀ economic) in the clientele and employees of an information organization and be familiar with actions the organization should take to address this diversity;

4. Management – apply the fundamental principles of planning, management, marketing, and advocacy;

5. Databases – design, query, and evaluate information retrieval systems;

6. Collections – use the basic concepts and principles related to the selection, evaluation, organization, and preservation of physical and digital information items;

7. Cataloging – demonstrate understanding of basic principles and standards involved in organizing information such as classification and controlled vocabulary systems, cataloging systems, metadata schemas or other systems for making information accessible to a particular clientele;

8. Technology – demonstrate proficiency in identifying, using, and evaluating current and emerging information and communication technologies;

9. Reference – use service concepts, principles, and techniques to connect individuals or groups with accurate, relevant, and appropriate information;

10. Information Seeking Behaviors – describe the fundamental concepts of information-seeking behaviors;

11. Teaching – design instructional programs based on learning principles and theories;

12. Research – demonstrate understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods, the ability to design a research project, and the ability to evaluate and synthesize research literature;

13. Communication – demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for professional work including collaboration and presentations;

14. Evaluation – evaluate programs and services using measurable criteria.

I began working on my MLIS through SJSU in the Spring of 2013. I attended three semesters and then took two semesters off after the birth of my son. I resumed work on the program in the Fall of 2014. The work you see in this portfolio represents coursework that I have compiled and saved since I began the program. In January of 2017 I began creating this portfolio and incorporating my saved coursework as a requirement for INFO 289 Advanced Topics in Library and Information Sciences under the advisement of Dr. Bill Fisher.

The concepts I discuss under each competency, and the evidence of mastery I provide, are from the coursework that I completed over the past three years. These courses are as follows:

Spring 2013

  • LIBR 200 Information and Society
  • LIBR 203 Online Social Networking: Technology and Tools

Summer 2013

  • LIBR 264 Materials for Tweens
  • LIBR 268 History of Youth Literature

Fall 2013

  • LIBR 202 Information Retrieval

Fall 2014

  • LIBR 204 Information Professions

Spring 2015

  • LIBR 248 Beginning Cataloging and Classification

Fall 2015

  • INFO 254 Information Literacy and Learning
  • INFO 284 Seminar in Archives and Records Management : Tools, Services, and Methodologies for Digital Curation

Spring 2016

  • INFO 210-12 Reference and Information Services: Reference Collections in the 21st Century
  • INFO 210-13 Reference and Information Services: Reference in the Age of Google: Marketing, Outreach, Management, Evaluation

Summer 2016

  • INFO 220 Resources and Information Services in the Disciplines and Professions: Film and Media Collections
  • INFO 250 Design and Implementation of Instructional Strategies for Information Professionals

Fall 2016

  • INFO 232 Issues in Public Libraries
  • INFO 285 Research Methods in Library and Information Science : Survey Research

Spring 2017

  • INFO 289 Advanced Topics in Library and Information Sciences