The portfolio fulfills the Comprehensive Examination requirement as the final evaluation tool for the Master of Arts degree in School Library Studies from the University of Northern Iowa. The portfolio should be presented to the faculty early in the term that graduation is expected.
This portfolio is to demonstrate the candidate's competence in the areas studied in the program; the student determines which content to use that will illustrate the level of competence in each of the areas listed below. The Vision Statement section will consist of the statement and the reflection about the vision statement. For each of the four roles a teacher librarian assumes (as defined in Empowering Learners), there should be approximately three artifacts of work you have done. The beginning portfolio you started in the Introduction course may provide your structure with reflections revised to demonstrate your learning and connections to your artifacts. Exhibits in the final portfolio are original artifacts of what you have created or adapted through your coursework and experiences. Examples may include, but are not limited to your policy manual, collection management projects, school library website, practicum lesson, practicum inquiry guide, reference pathfinder, text sets, etc.
Portfolio Rubrics and Templates
For students beginning in the fall of 2015 or after:
A portfolio template for students beginning in the fall of 2015 or after is available at this Googlesite. The template was created for those students completing the Beginning portfolio during the Introduction to the School Library Program course. You may wish to use it to format your portfolio sections, but you may optionally create your own to fit the criteria. The School Library Studies Final Portfolio Rubric will be used to assess the portfolio.
The students who began in the fall of 2014 or before: