SLIM Program Outcomes

These are the eight program outcomes of the School of Library and Information Management at ESU. Beneath each one, I have given examples (in the orange buttons) from my MLS experience that demonstrate ways in which i have met the criterion. 

1. Foundations of the Professions

Articulate a philosophy of ethical and client-centered information services for the library and information professions

The purpose of LI801: Foundations of Library and Information Science is to teach future librarians to examine the philosophical and ethical aspects of library science and the current topics of interest in the information society world. We looked at the cycle of information transfer, and how librarians may assist users going through the steps in this cycle: need, creation, dissemination, organization, diffusion, utilization, preservation, and destruction.


This artifact is a reflective journal summarizing my reflections during my first semester at SLIM. I explored new ideas and theories, and how they relate to the information profession. I demonstrated in this artifact that I can describe and reflect the role of a librarian in today’s society, and that I can integrate my personal values with the professional values held by those in this profession.

2. Information Resources

Explain and implement the development, maintenance, and management of collections and resources to meet specific information needs.

The purpose of LI827: Preservation Strageties is to introduce strageties, techniques, processes, and applications involved in the preservation of library materials. We learned  the history of the production of library materials, as well as the causes of physical and chemical deteriration, and acceptable approaches to conservation and preservation, as well as preventative measures such as environmental control, proper handling, and distaster preparedness. 


This artifact is a website I created with a partner, Shelby Schellenger, demonstrates each of these aspects for our chosen format: vinyl records. It meets several of the objectives, including 2, 4, and 5,because in it, we explain and develop a resource that helps future information professionals maintain and manage their collection of vinyl records. We searched for the information and then repackaged it in a pleasing and easy to use manner. 

LI855: Collection Development focused on collection building and management in 21st century libraries and information organizations. We discussed current issues, practices and policies relating to building and mainting collections and examined proceedures for evaluating, selecting, acquiring, and deselecting materials. Budget, policy formation, evaluation, and information freedom were also addressed. 


This is a presentation that our group gave concerning a hypothetical 15% budget cut to the collections budget for our chosen library. We chose to look at Newton Public Library. The presentation first discusses the library collection in general, then explains our recommendations for what to do in case of a cut in funding. 

3. Organization of Recorded Knowledge and Information

Explain, use, maintain and develop systems to organize and retrieve recorded knowledge

In LI 804:Organization of Information, I learned about different systems that people use to classify and categorize information. I also learned how the same information can be organized several different ways by multiple people, and learned how understand different types of classification schemes that have been developed for library collections in general. 


This class dealt somewhat with theories, and I learned how to assess classification schemes for possible cultural biases, and to ensure it properly serves the population it was designed to serve. 


In this paper, I demonstrate how the classification of our planets has been developed and changed over the course of history, how this classification reflected the culture and worldview of those scientists that devised this classification, and how it is effected by the relationships of various cultural groups such as the church and scientists. 

LI 862: an Introduction to Metadata provided a general overview of the key principles, issues, and tools associated with using metadata to build authoritive, reliable and useful digital resources. We looked at many different standards, attributes and the changing roles for metadata management in libraries. 


This artifact is a comparison between the type of metadata used in three very different digital collections. In this artifact, I have began to understand metadata and how it can be used to maintain and develop systems to organize and retrieved recorded knowledge. 

4. Technological Knowledge and Skills

Employ current and emerging technologies effectively for communication, and to search for, identify, repackage, and deliver information resources
 

LI815:Information Technology introduces students to basic information technology concepts necessary for library and information professionals. The course covers the fundaments of personal computers, including hardware and software, file management, networking, internet tools and applications, and other emerging technologies. 


This artifact is a presentation about a class for senior citizens about how to send, recieve and download attachments to emails.  It shows my knowledge of technology, and how to effective communicate to patrons to teach them how to use it. We found a need, researched it, and repackaged the information in a way that senior citizens can understand it. 

The purpose of LI 870: The Practicum is to give students supervised, advanced professional experience. My practicum was in the Technical Services Department at William Allen White Library at Emporia State University


This artifact is my self-evaluation and reflection from the practicum. It demonstrates my technology skills from a more behind the scenes look at cataloging, database management, etc. I used the knowledge that I had gained of theories in classes and applied it directly to catalog migration, database management, and web design. 

5. Reference and User Services

Retrieve, evaluate, and synthesize information resources to fulfill an information needs assessment; evaluate the usefulness of these resources to the user

 

The purpose of LI 813: Reference and User Services is to provide an introduction to a wide variety of print and electronic reference sources, and current issues relating to reference and user services. Students learn effective ways to select information retriveal tools, develop research strageties, and evaluate search results, including print resources. 


This artifact is a pathfinder (Sometimes called a subject guide), and was created for a very specific audience. In it's creation, I did extensive searches on this topic, retrieved and evaluated information, as well as synthesized it and present it to the user in an organized manner. 


The purpose of LI 837: Teaching in the Information Professions was to give an overview of the theories and models of instructional design and pedagogy, as well as learning how to teach well. 


This artifact is a critique of a video instruction for an academic library. I evaluated this video and from that learned how to better fulfill patron needs through videos, how to effectivively communicate through a variety of media such as video, libguides, in person instruction, and handouts, and how to make them more useful to the patron. 

The purpose of LI 813: Reference and User Services is to provide an introduction to a wide variety of print and electronic reference sources, and current issues relating to reference and user services. Students learn effective ways to select information retriveal tools, develop research strageties, and evaluate search results, including print resources.


This artifact is a report from a reference observation that I did at a large public library. I visited one day, and for two hours, watched the happenings at the reference desk. Later, I asked some questions of my own. It helped me learn how to (and how not to do) a reference interview, and how to treat patrons. 

6. Research

Evaluate, critique, and discuss new research in the field; assess library or information problems and identify an appropriate research method
 

This research design proposal was created for my "Research in Library and Information Science" class. The purpose of this course was to introduce students to  qualitative and quantitative research methods and their applications in library and information science. This particular artifact is a compilation of each smaller group assignment in this class, resulting in a 18 page research design proposal.  This proposal helped me to practice evaluating, critiquing and discussing new research, and also an idea to provide new research to the field. As a result of completing this research proposal, I feel that I understand the stages of the research process, as well as assist with library research in the future. 

LI855: Collection Development focused on collection building and management in 21st century libraries and information organizations. We discussed current issues, practices and policies relating to building and mainting collections and examined proceedures for evaluating, selecting, acquiring, and deselecting materials. Budget, policy formation, evaluation, and information freedom were also addressed. 


This artifact is a research paper on Purchase on Demand and Patron Driven Acquisition models. I evaluated previous literature, then discussed what has been happening in the library field, as well as helped to identify some possible problems and posed some possible solutions. 

7. Continuing education and lifelong learning

Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning by participating in  professional development activities and disseminating new information to colleagues and patrons.
 

The purpose of LI:868  Advacocy and Information Organizations is to show students how to apply advacocy tools and practices to build or create stakeholder support for the library's goals and resource needs.  Students also learned about marketing and public relations.  


This artifact is part of my advacocy campaign for eco-friendly libraries. With this info-gram, I hope to show librarians and library decision makers that being eco-friendly isn't hard, time consuming or expensive. This artifact shows my committment to life-long learning by disseminating new information to colleagues.  

This artifact was not completed for a class, but rather a presentation with two co-workers to the Kansas Library Association - College and University Library Section (KLA-CULS) Fall 2012 conference. This artifact shows my ability to participate in professional development activities by disseminating new information to colleagues. In this presentation, the Director of Instruction and the two GTAs discussed the rationale for this teaching approach, success stories from the 2011/12 academic year, lessons learned, and strategies for utilizing student strengths from your own institution's undergraduate and graduate students as peer library mentors.

8. Administration and Management.

Aid in effective and appropriate change in library and information services through collaboration, communication and collegiality.
 

LI805: Management and Information Organizations introduced students to basic skills necessary for management of information orginizaations. We examined and applied management skills, including planning, organizing, leading and influencing. 


The main project for this class was our stragetic plan. Each smaller assignment we had played a part into this artifact. This stragetic plan shows my ability to work with a group to brainstorm goals for the library, and them plan the changes needed for these goals to happen. This artifact demonstrates planning and operational decesions, describes the characteristics of the organization, and aids in the effective change in the library. 

The purpose of LI:868  Advacocy and Information Organizations is to show students how to apply advacocy tools and practices to build or create stakeholder support for the library's goals and resource needs.  Students also learned about marketing and public relations.  


This artifact is part of my advacocy campaign for eco-friendly libraries. With this info-gram, I hope to show librarians and library decision makers that being eco-friendly isn't hard, time consuming or expensive. This artifact shows that I can aid in the effective and apprpropriate change in libraries - but I need help doing it. Please share the infographic on facebook, twitter or pinterest!

LI815:Information Technology introduces students to basic information technology concepts necessary for library and information professionals. The course covers the fundaments of personal computers, including hardware and software, file management, networking, internet tools and applications, and other emerging technologies. 


This artifact, is a 2-year Technology Plan written for a fictional library. I  gained valuable insights in creating a similar technology plan for an actual library. We spoke to other libraries to see samples of pre-existing technology plans, and modeled ours after them. We communicated amonst our group to collobrate and create this budget and goal for the new and improved technology aspects of this library.