Portfolio advisees,

If you want to pursue a portfolio as your End of Program Assessment option, let me know as soon as possible because you must declare it in your first semester. We can discuss if portfolio is the best fit for you and who will be the most appropriate person for your portfolio advisor—it could be me or any other SLIS faculty member.

Take the time to read SLIS Student Guide to the Portfolio available on the MLIS Document Hub (http://slis.ou.edu/mlis-documents) in the SLIS homepage.

In your first semester, you will:

  • Write a statement of individual learning goals and objectives for the program
  • Write an initial self-statement that indicates strengths and weaknesses across the determined goals and objectives
  • Develop an online platform for your portfolio (e.g., website, blog, Google Site, etc.)

I ask my portfolio advisees to tie their learning objectives to ALA’s competencies of librarianship. Read the ALA Core Competencies of Librarianship (http://www.ala.org/educationcareers/sites/ala.org.educationcareers/files/content/careers/corecomp/corecompetences/finalcorecompstat09.pdf) as well as knowledge and competencies statements developed by relevant professional organizations (http://www.ala.org/educationcareers/careers/corecomp/corecompspecial/knowledgecompetencies).


For examples, these are the competencies for information professionals working with youth.

  • ALSC Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries:


  • YALSA Young Adults Deserves the Best: Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth


  • AASL Standards for Initial Preparation of School Librarians


Closely examine the competencies required by professionals in the area of your specialization. Reflect what your strengths and areas of improvements are, and how you can build and obtain the skills and knowledge in the areas of improvement.


See the following resources about how to write learning goals and objectives:


Each semester throughout the program, you will

  • Write a reflection over the semester concerning how your coursework and other activities helped or did not help you meet the learning objectives you set up in the beginning of the program
  • Include one or more examples of work from each required course and from elective courses in the area of specialization
  • Write your plan for the upcoming semester
  • Keep your resume up-to-date
  • Record advising history and document feedback from me during the master’s program in your portfolio
  • Collect any other supporting documentation that you wishes to present
  • You may add or revise your learning objectives as the semesters go, if needed.

You must keep in touch with me at least once a semester to check on your progress. If you fail to do so, I may decide you are not qualified to proceed with the portfolio defense.


During the semester before you intend to present a defense, you will

In the semester you defend, you will

  • Complete all the components of the portfolio required by the SLIS Portfolio Guide, including your final self-assessment,
  • Once I approve, send a link to your portfolio to the committee members,
  • Schedule a rehearsal of the defense with me if you wish,
  • Present an oral defense
  • If requested by the committee, make a revision of the portfolio
  • Submit an electronic copy of your portfolio to the SLIS office