The LIS Portfolio



Students who started the program after the Fall 2011 semester will complete the portfolio project as part of the exit requirements for the MS degree. The portfolio project showcases the collective knowledge and experience a student has acquired from his/her time in the MS program.  

Portfolios are assembled inside the Canvas learning interface used for online classes. Each semester, students who plan on graduating that semester will be sent email instructions for self-enrolling in the Portfolio course and given a class access code. Once enrolled, they will be able to assemble their portfolio components in the ePortfolio feature. A video guide is available for students here.


Key Components

Key components of the portfolio include:

1. The student’s up-to-date resume or Curriculum Vita.

2. A personal statement  reflection paper on overall program experience (1500-2000 words), which should include:

Statement of professional goals and your plans for the next 2 to 5 years.

Statement of goals for continuing education or professional development.

Comments on how well the program met your needs (advising, etc.).

Description of area of specialization or interest.

Comments on personal goals or your motivations to seek the MSLS.

3. Artifacts from capstone projects from each core class and selected electives.

4. A Learning Outcomes essay of at least 10-12 double spaced pages organized around each of the core competency areas for the MS program. This should include:

Why is each core competency important?

Rationale for artifacts chosen: How do the artifacts selected provide convincing evidence of your ability to apply these competencies?

What specific learning outcomes do your artifacts support, and how are the artifacts compelling evidence of your mastery of them?

What other experiences (such as elective courses internships, etc.) provide additional evidence you have attained these competencies?

How will you use this knowledge in future practice? How prepared do you believe you are to enter the profession?

Please use the most current instructions as a guide when completing the portfolio, as they include detailed instructions regarding artifact submission as well as the core competencies.


Timeline for Portfolio Submission

Beginning with the first course: The student is required to preserve the final, graded version of course assignments and projects in preparation for the portfolio; it is not the instructors’ or the advisors’ responsibility to provide artifacts that you did not retain. The student should save documentation of any relevant instructor feedback from assignments (ex: instructor comments).

Prior to finishing 18 credit hours (6 courses): Students should meet with their adviser to begin planning their portfolio development. At this stage, the core courses should be complete so questions about artifact selection can be discussed.*

*starting in the Spring 2014 semester, students will not be able to submit a portfolio during the same semester in which they are enrolled in a core course or their first technology-fulfilling course.

On or before the date indicated in the portfolio shell the semester the student intends to graduate, he/she will send the summary of artifacts form (see Appendix) to their adviser and notifies him/her of their intent to submit the portfolio.

Two weeks before portfolio due date: The final cutoff for any adviser input on draft documents is set at two weeks prior to the due date of the final portfolio, unless you have made approved alternate arrangements with your adviser.

Due date: The student submits and shares the final portfolio by the due date as posted at the beginning of each semester, which is announced on both the listserv and the school website. Note that once you share your portfolio for review in the Canvas Portfolio shell, it is considered your final submission and it will be graded.

Two weeks after submission: The student receives final pass/fail grade for the portfolio from the Director.