Introduction

Greetings! My name is Allison Martel, and I am a recent graduate of San Jose State University’s Master of Library and Information Science program. This electronic portfolio was put together as my final culminating project in order to receive the degree.

I will be incorporating current materials into this portfolio as time permits. For now, this website contains portfolio materials created in 2011 through 2014.

Background
After deciding to enroll at SJSU’s iSchool in January of 2012, I began working at MCPHS University as a Reference/Public Service Assistant in order to apply my passion for research, teaching, and customer service within academic library. In addition, I have recently been hired as Clark University’s newest Reference Librarian where I have taken on social media management responsibilities in addition to general reference work.

The ePortfolio is the result of two years of study. Alongside collaborative projects undertaken for MCPHS and Clark are projects completed as part of the iSchool curriculum. Altogether, these items represent my growth in understanding the many issues facing contemporary librarianship, especially within the academic library space.

In order to complete this portfolio, I first organized the work performed at SJSU, MCPHS, and Clark into a matrix mapped with the iSchool’s list of core competencies for all MLIS graduates. Once the evidentiary items were selected, I began the process of synthesizing my ideas and beliefs into the portfolio structure contained within this website. The menu bars are ordered alphabetically by the letter of the core competency each item addresses. The Statement of Professional Philosophy section details my personal approach to library service. The Introduction, Conclusion, and Résumé sections serve to tie the portfolio together.

Acknowledgements
I would like to thank my portfolio adviser, Dr. Anthony Bernier, for being a great resource to tap into during this process. I would also like to thank Dr. Michelle Holschuh-Simmons, my academic adviser, for being so helpful in guiding me through selecting classes relevant to my intended career path.

Finally, I would like to thank my family, friends, and coworkers who encouraged me to take the plunge in following my dreams. I couldn’t have juggled these responsibilities without your support—and many (many!) cups of tea!

Technical Credits
This portfolio was built using the WordPress platform and an open-source theme by DesignNews, “The Box,” which I have modified.