Creating My Eportfolio

April 12, 2006

I finally got around to getting a web site started for my online portfolio. All students are required to submit a portfolio in order to graduate. From a document created by Prof. James Kusack (from SCSU), the portfolio should include:

  • Student’s Special Project
  • A description of major landmarks in one’s MLS studies
  • Examples of significant course projects
  • Organizational material/navigational aids
  • A serviceable resume

The Special Projct is a research paper or report of a project in which the student demonstrates knowledge and skills gained in the graduate program. The Special Project must include:

  • Identification of 5-9 key concepts and skills gained over the course of one’s planned study and an explanation of how they apply to the project
  • Identification of the course’s in the student’s planned study the contributed to the knowledge set
  • Discussion of how the knowledge and skill set was applied to the project
  • Documentation of the project
  • Where appropriate, supporting assement documents should be included

I’m hoping that if I keep all of my work organized from the beginning, finding information pertinent to my special project will be much easier – and less stressful later on. Admittedly, it is hard to think about finishing my degree when I am much closer to the beginning than the end. However, I plan to give it my best shot!!!

Final Projects

April 12, 2006

I have two final projects that I am working on for both of my classes. In Foundations of Librarianship (ILS503), we were assigned a semester long project that is a “major (hands on) course project ” [quoted from syllabus]. The project’s focus was to design and implement an information service. The professor stressed that we are supposed to implement this project. I am working on a project with another woman in my class on a project geared to the public library where she works. We are creating a pathfinder with resources for non-native English speakers. The plan is to include English as a Foreign Language, immigrant and Test of English as a Foreign Language resources for the Portuguese speaking population in a suburb of New York City. This has been a challenging project for me since I know very little about this subject.

For Reference and Information Resources and Services (ILS504), we are supposed to plan and design an instructional/training project for a targeted user group in a specific library. For my project, I am designing a library instruction class for upper level undergraduates doing research using census resources. The class will be geared to teaching the students about using federal government resources. I am fairly excited about this project – partly because I love government documents.