Outcome 1: Foundations of the Profession

Graduates of the SLIM Master of Library Science degree program will be able to articulate a philosophy of ethical and client-centered information services for the library and information professions.

Artifact: Reflective Journal
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MLS Outcomes: 1
MLS Values: 1, 3
LI 801: Foundations of Information Transfer served as an introduction to information agencies and professions. We studied the philosophical and ethical underpinnings of librarianship, the role of information in society, and the characteristics of information professionals and professional practices. The Information Transfer Cycle, as described by Greer, Grover, and Fowler (2007), was our guiding theory for the class and details the process by which information is created, how it moves and changes from person to person, how it can be preserved and stored, and ends with the destruction of information. We used the Information Transfer Model as a lens through which to examine current trends, changes, and paradigm shifts in the global information environment in general, and in the place of libraries within society in particular.

Our reflective journal was a written record of our critical responses to readings, events, and activities both inside and outside the classroom. It enabled us to examine where our personal values and ideas met with theories, practices, and arguments in the library world, and provoked us to begin thinking about how we might contribute to the profession we are entering and what role we might take in making those contributions. By using my journal as a place to reflect on my experiences as a new member of the community of information professionals, I explored several issues and trends in the library world at the time. I considered ethical, social, and cognitive consequences of the issues at hand, and integrated my views and understanding of those consequences to construct a prototype for my personal philosophy of service. As a result of this ongoing reflective practice, I am able to incorporate new knowledge, theories, and best practices into my own professional approach in a manner that is ethical, effective, and user-centered, and I can ensure that my knowledge and my philosophical base are always current and relevant.

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