Portfolio Requirement For the MLS Degree
ILS students need to begin the portfolio upon matriculation into the program
The Department of Information and Library Science requires all candidates for the MLS to complete an electronic Portfolio as one of the exit requirements for the degree. The Capstone Portfolio is a well-organized Web- and CD-deliverable demonstration of the body of work a student completes in the MLS program and how this work relates to professional competencies. The portfolio includes the Capstone Experience (university requirement) and samples of assignments and projects from all courses completed for the MLS degree.
All students in the MLS program are required to submit a Portfolio that is a digital
record of the work they have completed in the MLS program and how that work relates
to the American Library Association (ALA)'s Core Competences for Librarians (Approved
and adopted as policy by the ALA Council, January 27th 2009). The Core Competences can be found on the ALA website.
Where appropriate, students are encouraged to also link MLS work to knowledge and competencies statements developed by relevant professional organizations. These many be found on the ALA website.
Beginning the Portfolio:
All students develop in or by the end of ILS 501, the skills to create a Website and
to download that Website to a professional-looking CD product. Each student should
construct the framework for the Portfolio by the end of ILS 501.
In or by the end of ILS 503, all students should have an understanding of the core
competencies and how to relate coursework to the competencies.
Completing the Portfolio:
Each semester the student should expand the Portfolio by adding materials from current
courses to the appropriate areas of the portfolio framework.
Passing the Portfolio:
The Portfolio will be reviewed and passed by the Special Project Committee and/or
a Portfolio Committee.
Submitting the Portfolio:
In the final semester of the MLS program, the Portfolio will be submitted on a CD
to the ILS office to become part of the student's file. The Portfolio will contain
the Special Project Proposal, documentation of the Product of the Special Project
work, and the Special Project Report.
Both the Special Project and the Portfolio must be passed in order to qualify for graduation from the MLS degree program.
Last updated: March 9, 2013