bird of maps


This eportfolio represents the culminating project for the Masters degree in San Jose State University's Library and Information Science program. In order to complete this project, students must provide evidence that they are able to fulfill the core competencies of the profession, as identified by the School of Library and Information Science.

I chose to complete this project in the format of a website in order to have independent control of its design, layout, access, and perpetuation. It also provided the opportunity for me to utilize the HTML and CSS skills I gained as a student in this program. Each competency has been given a separate page. For each competency, I describe my interpretation of its meaning and relevance to the field of library and information science. I then present evidence from my coursework and professional experiences that demonstrates my capability of fulfilling each competency in my professional work. Finally, I describe how I plan to use what I have learned about each competency during the course of my career. The complete list of these core competencies is as follows.

  • 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.

Throughout my time as a student in this program, I have been able to pair what I learned through my coursework with professional library experiences: I have worked in public, academic, and special libraries, and have expanded my understanding of the varying roles of library and information professionals. Yet my coursework has been invaluable in providing me with new skills, as well as a strong understanding of how to uphold the ethical values of this profession. The process of creating this eportfolio has allowed me to reflect on what I have learned and develop deeper connections about how the varying aspects of this field fit together.

It is my hope that this is conveyed though my interpretation and fulfilment of the competencies listed above.

About the Bird

The bird design used in this eportfolio includes public domain maps obtained through books scanned by the Internet Archive. I have had a long-standing passion for birds, both biologically and in how they represent adaptability and freedom. This image was created in collaboration with my father, and pairs the wayfinding properties of maps with the freedom associated with flight. The bird depicted here is a mockingbird, chosen for its resourcefulness, observational skills, and memory, which make it capable of learning and drawing upon the sounds made by other creatures to compose new songs of its own. To me, this image encapsulates the possibilities allowed to us by effective information management and professional adaptability.

Thank you for visiting my eportfolio!