I've never heard of an ePortfolio either, but after 25 years working in libraries maybe I'm a dinosaur. It's never been offered to me by candidates for any positions I've filled, maybe its more of a regional thing?
So to answer Martin's question, I'd be interested to see if if a candidate had one to show me but it wouldn't be a major part of my hiring decision.
Jennifer McCormack, Director
Nashua Public Library
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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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