SILS E-Portfolio

Introduction

This e-portfolio contains five projects that I have done in my work as a student in Pratt Institute's School of Library and Information Science. The projects fall into selected learning objectives including research, communication, technology, user-centered focus and LIS Practice.    

 

Research

Project Title: Libraries and Their Communities

Project Location: Download PDF

Project Description: In this fifteen-page research paper, I explored the relationship between public libraries and the communities they serve. The paper is broken down into eight categories, which are: programming, local history, showcasing local talent, literacy, utilizing traveling librarians, research, community service, and patron types.
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First, I chose the topic of the paper, wrote an abstract, and got it approved by the professor. I gathered research materials, which included printed copies of books and documents, as well as online resources and articles. Then I wrote a first draft, and presented it to and discussed it with the class. A group of students and the professor gave me valuable feedback, which I incorporated into my final draft. 
My Role: This paper was an individual effort, with feedback from classmates and the professor. 
Learning Objective Achieved:
Research


Rationale: This paper demonstrates my ability to carry out a large portion of research and present it in a cohesive manner.

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Communication

Project Title: Subject Guide: Spanish & Spanish-English Children’s Books
Project Location: Download PDFs
Project Description: This two-part project consists of a short paper and a Power Point Presentation. In these two formats, I explored print and e-resources for children and parents alike who are bilingual in English and Spanish. The paper explains the slideshow, which is broken down by resource. I also did a presentation of my subject guide for the class. 
Methods: First, I chose the audience of my subject guide. Since my goal is to be a children’s librarian, I chose children as my main focus. I speak and have studied Spanish for many years, so I chose bilingual and Spanish-only books of all topics for young children. I collected resources from my local public library as well as Amazon (for e-resources) and created a slideshow. I wrote the accompanying paper and prepared a presentation for the class.
My Role: This paper and slideshow was an individual effort. 
Learning Objective Achieved: Communication
Rationale: This paper and Power Point slideshow display my ability to compile a list of resources for a specific age group’s needs and explain it in a paper coherently.   

 

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Technology

Project Title: Rare Book Exhibition: 19th Century Cookbooks
Project Location: http://exhibition689.tumblr.com
Project Description: This project is a web exhibition of rare cookbooks from the 19th century.
Methods:  First, I researched and designed the layout of the website by using HTML code. Then I located rare cookbooks that have to do with each course of a meal. I described each one using images and text, as well as a bibliography. Finally, I used this exhibition in a class presetation. 
My Role: This exhibition website was an individual effort. 
Learning Objective Achieved: Technology

Rationale: This project enabled me to use my technology skills by altering HTML code and designing my own Tumblr layout.

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Project Title: User Testing Report: An Analysis of METRO.org
Project Location: Download PDF
Project Description: In this team project, we evaluated the usability of the website METRO.org using the user testing method. We found that METRO.org can be improved by: 1) making a more prominent top navigation bar, 2) clarifying the ‘Member Services’ menu, 3) clarifying internship information, 4) adding quick jump links to the 'Special Interest Group' page, 5) standardizing the name of ‘Mailing List’ on all pages, and 6) adding 'Special Interest Group' names to a drop down menu. 
Methods: 
This usability test was conducted using the user testing method. My team and I created tasks and questionnaires for our participants to complete, using the testing platform UserZoom. The participants were video and voice recorded while doing the study. Each team member conducted two user tests, while another member observed the tests. A user report was then created.
My Role: 
As a team member, I helped create the tasks to be completed by our users about METRO.org, as well as pre-test, post-task and post-test questionnaires. I found two users and conducted their user tests. I also observed my teammates do the same. Finally, I examined the results, and wrote the table of contents, introduction and conclusion of our usability report.
Learning Objective Achieved: 
Technology

Rationale: 
This project illustrates my ability to use the professional usability testing tool, UserZoom, to conduct the usability test with users for our study. Our group troubleshooted to first figure out how the program worked, and then to create our user tests using the platform.

 

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User-Centered Focus

Project Title: User Testing Report: An Analysis of METRO.org
Project Location: Download PDF
Project Description: In this team project, we evaluated the usability of the website METRO.org using the user testing method. We found that METRO.org can be improved by: 1) making a more prominent top navigation bar, 2) clarifying the ‘Member Services’ menu, 3) clarifying internship information, 4) adding quick jump links to the 'Special Interest Group' page, 5) standardizing the name of ‘Mailing List’ on all pages, and 6) adding 'Special Interest Group' names to a drop down menu.
Methods:
This usability test was conducted using the user testing method. My team and I created tasks and questionnaires for our participants to complete, using the testing platform UserZoom. The participants were video and voice recorded while doing the study. Each team member conducted two user tests, while another member observed the tests. A user report was then created.
My Role:
As a team member, I helped create the tasks to be completed by our users about METRO.org, as well as pre-test, post-task and post-test questionnaires. I found two users and conducted their user tests. I also observed my teammates do the same. Finally, I examined the results, and wrote the table of contents, introduction and conclusion of our usability report.
Learning Objective Achieved:
User-Centered Focus

Rationale: 
This project illustrates my ability to work in a team and to apply user-centered strategies to real world scenarios such as the user testing method.

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LIS Practice

Project Title: World War II Veterans Project Packet
Project Location: Download PDF
Project Description: Each group member made a mini-packet which outlined specific parts of World War II in Brooklyn, as well as lesson plans and strategies for teachers. The packets were used by the Brooklyn Public Library's Brooklyn Connections program.
Methods:
Our group completed a project proposal and final report, made four mini-packets about World War II in Brooklyn, and gave an in-class presentation. 
My Role: 
I contributed the instructional design, learning outcomes and archival resources parts of the project proposal, and completed a mini-packet about veterans in Booklyn after World War II. I also presented my packet to the class with the rest of my group.
Learning Objective Achieved: 
LIS Practice

Rationale: This project illustrates my ability to work in a group and to apply LIS practices to real world scenarios such as project packets for Brooklyn students.

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