Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Portfolio Requirement for Non-School students

As a capstone experience to the MLIS, students who entered the program in the fall 2007 semester, are required to produce a satisfactory portfolio project. The purpose of the portfolio is to document the accomplishments and learning achievements of the student during their program of study. SLIS Policy # A5.85 states the following:

In partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation, each student will submit an electronic portfolio documenting learning and professional growth during the MLIS program. The portfolio, to be submitted in the semester prior to the student’s anticipated completion of the program, will include a reflective essay and work samples (including, but not limited to, research papers, projects, and posters; professional briefs; and recorded presentations) which demonstrate evidence of student understanding of the following five areas:

1. Information and its organization;

2. Provision of information services;

3. Organizational, leadership, and management issues in information agencies and services;

4. Application of technology and research to evidence-based practice: and,

5. Lifelong learning and professional development.

Student graduation is contingent upon SLIS faculty evaluation of the portfolio as satisfactory.


In response to questions from current students who began the MLIS program prior to Fall 2007, you had two options:

  1. Continue with the curriculum that was in effect when you were admitted, completing SLIS 701-706 and 6 electives.
  1. Switch to the new curriculum requirements, as above, which includes:

· 701, 705 and 707 (or, 702 if you completed this prior to 707 being offered)

· SLIS 706 (or, satisfaction of a technology competency exam permits substitution with another course)

· Electronic portfolio

· 24 credit hours of electives, or 27 credit hours if the technology competency was satisfied

If you plan to graduate in May or August, 2008, contact your advisor as soon as possible to discuss the portfolio requirements. May 2008 and August 2008 graduates should plan to have the portfolios completed by April 15th ; portfolios for December 2008 graduates will have a November 15th deadline.

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