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ePortfolios for Information Professionals
Transcript of ePortfolios for Information Professionals
Why, What, & How
ePortfolio as Professional Development
What to include?
Building Your ePortfolio
Why an ePortfolio?
I like to think of
the ePortfolio as...
Who are you as an information professional?
About Your Host:
B.A. English, LIU Post ('08)
M.S.L.I.S., C.A.S. in Archives & Record Management, LIU Post ('10)
Librarian I @ NYIT
Visiting Librarian @ LIU Post
Per Diem Reference & Instruction Librarian @ Molloy College
Archives Technician at the NARA NYC
Archives Technician with Manhattan Sites Project
Archives Intern at CSH Laboratory's Library
Vice-president, Academic & Special Libraries Division of the Nassau County Library Association
Member, Board of Directors, LIU Post Alumni Association
Z682.35.V62 G67 2006
The nextgen librarian's survival guide
xiv, 208 p. ; 23 cm.
Gordon, Rachel Singer.
"Here is a unique resource for next generation librarians, addressing the specific needs of GenXers and Millennials as they work to define themselves as information professionals. The book focuses on how NextGens can move their careers forward and positively impact the profession."
1. Library science -- Vocational guidance, Library science -- Vocational guidance -- United States. 2. Librarians -- Employment. 3. Librarians -- Employment -- United States.
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Ima Librarian's ePortfolio
Philosophy of Librarianship
Research & Scholarship
ePortfolio as a Job-hunting Tool
Maintaining an ePortfolio is continuing education.
The well-crafted ePortfolio adds value to applications.
Stand Out from the Crowd!
Reference Service Provider
Text a Librarian
Electronic & Print
Handling Digital Divide
Service to the
Style of liaisonship.
Impact on collections.
Impact on services.
Examples of outreach materials.
Impact on liaison population.
Description and examples of administrative projects, grants, and/or applications assisted with which you've assisted.
Institution-wide task force service or committee participation.
Evaluation and Assessment
Teaching with Technology
Service to the
Why do you do what you do?
What is your professional philosophy?
Electronic portfolios are becoming the norm at many institutions. Don't be caught off-guard.
MEMO: New Reappointment
& Promotion Policies!!!
Back to the
Pick a platform.
Build your eportfolio.
"Think of portfolios like the filler stuff in
sandwiches. A résumé is like the bread
and meat of the sandwich -- simple and
gets the job done. The filler stuff, like
mayonnaise, lettuce, mustard, and
cheese, make the sandwich more
fulfilling and last longer. Employers
are going to remember the things
you include in your portfolio longer
than they'll remember what you've
put in your résumé" (Dunneback, 2004).
“A portfolio is an organized collection of documents that showcase a person’s work, skills, and career progression.” (Saunders, 2003, p.54).
“The Professional Portfolio for Librarians is a reflective narrative about librarianship, service, and professional/scholarly activity...The Professional Portfolio presents examples of your best work, not a compendium; thus it is selective.” (Elmhurst College Faculty Council, 2000).
What is an ePortfolio?
Danielle S. Apfelbaum's ePortfolio
The best, most impressive platform for
What evidence do you have to support that image?
Leadership positions held in local organizations.
Leadership positions held in regional organizations.
Leadership positions held in national organizations.
Q & A
Imagine you're a fly on the wall at a professional conference. If the conversation turned to you, how would you want your colleagues to portray you?
Show, don't tell.
Use web tools to secure copies:
VIDEOS: KeepVid, SaveYouTube
WEB DOCS: Web2PDF, Jing, Screencast-o-Matic
Unstable if out of your control.
Ask for a copy.
ASK: will visitors to my eportfolio be able to view documents as I've intended them to be viewed?
E.g., for heavily formatted documents, consider publishing the documents as PDFs, which will preserve the formatting.
For Employed Libs
Should I create an eportfolio for each job application?
“...the job seeker should try to keep the major requirements and qualifications for the position in mind, and organize their documentation around those particular areas” (Saunders, 2003, p.55).
For the librarian seeking reappointment or promotion, “a portfolio functions just as it would in a job interview, supporting claims of skills or tasks accomplished” (Saunders, 2003, p.56).
You've gathered your materials.
You know the professional image you want to project.
Integration of Professional Activities
Use that information to create the structure of your eportfolio or consider existing templates. The following portfolio template was created by vanDuikerken, Coker, & Anderson (2010) and can be easily adapted for any of the information professions.
Documentation (will vary based on area)
Research & Scholarship
Documentation (publications, presentations, etc.)
Documentation (institutional, professional, etc.)
Letters of Support
Colors & Fonts
Was the text easy to read? If not, why?
Was content logically arranged? If not, why?
Was content easy to navigate? If not, why?
Did you feel that anything was missing from the eportfolio? If so, why?
Was there anything in the eportfolio that you think could have been left out? If so, why?
If you didn’t already know me, what would you think of me as a professional after viewing this portfolio?
vanDuinkerken, W., Coker, C., & Anderson, M. (2010). Perspectives on... looking like everyone else: academic portfolios for librarians. Journal Of Academic Librarianship, 36(2), 166-172.
Dunneback, K. (2004). Punch up your portfolio. Retrieved from http://www.liscareer.com/dunneback_portfolios.htm.
Elmhurst College Faculty Council. (2000).The professional portfolio for librarians. Retrieved from
Saunders, L. (2003). Professional Portfolios for Librarians. College & Undergraduate Libraries, 10(1), 53-9.