I graduated in August 2014 from a program that required an e-portfolio
as a part of graduation requirements and to complete the final Capstone
course. I don't have really awesome graphic or web-design talents, so I
was never very pleased with mine, but it's out there somewhere.
In terms of employers, I applied for *many *positions before landing the
amazing collection development spot I now occupy. Candidly, I did the
numbers on this and just over 2% of potential employers asked for or
mentioned portfolios in terms of materials they wanted to receive.
If I were ever in the position to hire someone and knew that they had a
portfolio, I would view it, but more out of a sense of commiseration and
curiosity than for decision-making purposes.
On 5/1/2015 2:23 PM, Marisa Feliciano wrote:
> I'm in a "long-time-listener, first time caller" kind of situation in terms
> of responding here, but I think I might have something to contribute for
> this one.
> I've got to ask: is a portfolio really that common now? I've been working
> on my MLS since August of 2013 (I will be finished this summer), and I've
> worked as an information staff member at a public library for the same
> amount of time. At no time during my stint in library school did I hear the
> term "portfolio" mentioned as a graduation requirement or as a professional
> recommendation, nor did I have anyone on my interview teams (for my
> entry-level interview or my promotion to a professional position) ask me
> about one.
> The only time I've heard the term "portfolio" in my end of the woods is in
> regards to a "continuous learning portfolio" that's been recommended as a
> way to accrue CEUs for the recertification process. Maybe that's a growth
> out of the ePortfolio trend you've mentioned. Besides that, this is the
> first time I'm hearing this, so I'm really interested in knowing what
> others have to say besides my paltry contribution to the conversation.
> On Fri, May 1, 2015 at 12:59 PM, Martin Arnold <[log in to unmask]>
>> Just asking some input on the use of MLS ePortfolios in the hiring
>> process. Most MLS graduates produce an electronic portfolio as a
>> culminating project for the degree. How many view this as an important
>> document in the hiring process? If an applicant calls attention to their
>> portfolio on their resume or in their cover letter, how many take the time
>> to read through it? If an applicant doesn't mention their portfolio, how
>> many "google" to find one?
>> Any comments will be appreciated. Thanks.
>> Martin Arnold
>> Public Services Librarian
>> Orcas Island Library
>> 500 Rose Street Eastsound, WA 98245
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