This e-Portfolio represents the culminating experience for my Master’s Degree from San José State University’s School of Library and Information Science. It presents a complete overview of my skills, interests and competencies in information science, librarianship, archiving and research. Composing this e-Portfolio has provided me a retrospective, reflective transition between my academic experience and the start of my professional career.

As dictated by the School of Library and Information Science’s LIBR-289 exit requirement, the e-Portfolio addresses fifteen core concepts in which an information professional should be competent. I have addressed fourteen of these subjects in sequence, providing a mix of personal observation, academic perspective, professional experiences and evidentiary items to establish my understanding and appreciation of the topics. Through each I have attempted to weave in historical examples that inform the subject and reflect my personal professional approach. The fifteenth competency, “O”, is addressed in my introductory essay, “Approach and Statement of Professional Philosophy”, which expands on my personal approach to librarianship and my career expectations.

The e-Portfolio has been published step-by-step on my website, The Pinakes, in order that my complete professional profile be presented as one seamless package. In addition to the links below, each Competency can be accessed via the navigation sidebar on the left of the screen.

Approach and Statement of Professional Philosophy

“Each graduate of the Master of Library and Information Science program is able to…”

Competency A

  • articulate the ethics, values and foundational principles of library and information professionals and their role in the promotion of intellectual freedom;

Competency B

  • compare the environments and organizational settings in which library and information professionals practice;

Competency C

  • recognize the social, cultural and economic dimensions of information use;

Competency D

  • apply the fundamental principles of planning, management and marketing/advocacy;

Competency E

  • design, query and evaluate information retrieval systems;

Competency F

  • use the basic concepts and principles related to the creation, evaluation, selection, acquisition, preservation and organization of specific items or collections of information;

Competency G

  • understand the system of standards and methods used to control and create information structures and apply basic principles involved in the organization and representation of knowledge;

Competency H

  • demonstrate proficiency in the use of current information and communication technologies, and other related technologies, as they affect the resources and uses of libraries and other types of information providing entities;

Competency I

  • use service concepts, principles and techniques that facilitate information access, relevance, and accuracy for individuals or groups of users;

Competency J

  • describe the fundamental concepts of information-seeking behaviors;

Competency K

  • design training programs based on appropriate learning principles and theories;

Competency L

  • understand the nature of research, research methods and research findings; retrieve, evaluate and synthesize scholarly and professional literature for informed decision-making by specific client groups;

Competency M

  • demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for group work, collaborations and professional level presentations;

Competency N

  • evaluate programs and services on specified criteria; and

Competency O

  • contribute to the cultural, economic, educational and social well-being of our communities.
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