Important additions to a Librarian’s portfolio taken from the articles:
Moody, K. (2004), “Online portfolios, or “WOW! Look at everything I’ve done!”’
Weathers-Parry, P. (2001), ‘The librarian’s portfolio’
Steffen, S.S., (2000) ‘The professional portfolio for librarians’Moody describes the professional portfolio as a “collection of examples of your work” which illustrate your skills and help in self reflection and preparation for job applications. Weathers- Parry agrees but also includes performance appraisal as a potential purpose for portfolios and suggests that a print version be also available for potential employers to peruse. Steffen places a greater emphasis on self reflection as an illustration of your professional development as a librarian, your personal philosophy and the way in which your practices as a librarian reflect and support that. Steffen’s recommendations for what to include in a portfolio are quite comprehensive and as such I think would be easier to maintain online. I agree with Moody that this reduces the amount of paperwork and can be edited more easily to maintain relevance and currency. A prospective employer would not want all of this information at the time of an interview but having access to it online would help you to pull out items relevant to a particular employer which may not be of interest to another.Here is my list of what a TL already employed at work in a school library should keep in an online portfolio, based on these three articles:1. A short statement of personal philosophy. (Steffen)2. A curriculum vitae or resume summarising your career experience.(Moody, Weathers-Parry)3. A record of your ongoing Professional Development (Moody, Weathers-Parry, Steffen)4. Examples of your work which illustrate your personal philosophy, your career experience and your professional development, including short reflections on each which clarify their relevance.(Moody, Weathers-Parry, Steffen)5. A short statement of your goals for future development. (Steffen)A professional portfolio such as this will change over time and publishing it online on a website or in a blog such as this one would be an easy way to maintain its relevance. You could still print out a version of the portfolio that best serves either a performance review or a job interview if need be.