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  • Overall’s article- great idea, bit too idealistic, overreach- what does this look like in practice- applications, examples? Does it work in all contexts- how can you address changing immigrant demographics, multiple ethnicities, feasibility of cultural awareness for all- will it work in th Irish contextCan ideas from EBP or PAR be incorpoirated. Idea of working from and with the communitySpeculaton on the benefits- societlal level healing?
  • The model represented in figure 3 illustrates three domains (cognitive,interpersonal, and environmental) in which cultural competence abilitiesdevelop. Within each domain key components contribute to increasedcultural competence. In the cognitive domain, cultural self-awareness andcultural knowledge are developed. In the interpersonal domain, culturalappreciation and an ethic of caring are developed. In the environmentaldomain, language, conditions, space, policies, rules and regulations areconsidered. The backdrop for the framework is the culture of communities,which provides a rich source of information about values, customs, dailypractices, religion, and other cultural aspects of a community.
  • Not a random collection- structured by meaningful aspects of practice and learningTwo faces- multiple purposes, views- can accommodate that in structure
  • Know why, know how, know what- sums up professional practice
  • 3 different ways to think about portfolio structure


  • 1. IS 40430: Professional Issues in Library and Information Careers
    Week 5: Participatory Action Research, Reflective Practice, and ePortfolios
    17 February 2011
  • 2. Today’s Class
    Group project check-in
    Diversity and Cultural Competence
    Back to e-portfolio concepts and labwork
  • 3. Diversity and Cultural Competence
    In theory and in practice
  • 4. Montiel Overall
    “LIS professionals will need to fully understand cultural issues affecting minority and underserved populations, and how cultural issues affect perceptions of libraries.”
    “This article argues that greater understanding of cultural issues will result in increased library use.”
  • 5. Article’s objectives
    summarize current understanding of cultural competence
    fill in the gap in the literature on this topic in library and information science
    establish a basis for moving forward the discussion of cultural competence within the LIS profession
  • 6. Cultural competence
    Conceptual framework for cultural competency as a construct
    Need for CC: increasing numbers of immigrants, low library usage among them
    Lack of cultural relevance
    Language barriers
    Library perceptions
    Draws from other disciplines, profession with CC framework
    Beyond sensitivity, empathy, or even respect
  • 7. Cultural competence model for LIS professionals
  • 8. Is CC feasible or realistic?
    Too many cultures/changing complexion
    Resources to become multi-lingual
    Culture is …
    Not monolithic
  • 9. Issues You Raised
    Isn’t this already happening?
    Librarian ethics
    Immigrant collections
    Too idealistic or aspirational?
    Role of self in process
    Too theoretical- how is it applied? Examples?
    Connection to EBLIP
    Applicable across contexts?
    More ethnic diversity
  • 10. Ideas
    Ideal application for EBLIP- what actually works?
    Lack of community engagement re: information needs
    Connection to Participatory Action Research
  • 11. ePortfolios
  • 12. Professional Portfolios (Forde)
    “Collection of material put together in a meaningful way to demonstrate the practice and learning of a practitioner”
    For reflection, learning, and assessment
    For yourself and others
  • 13. Portfolio Outcomes
    What Will I Gain?
    What Can It Show?
    Why now?
  • 14. Elements of Portfolio
    Planning- where are you going?
    Description- what can you do, what do you know?
    Evidence- tangible demonstrations
    Reflection- on your practice and development
  • 15. Portfolio Considerations (Forde)
  • 16. Portfolio Considerations (2)
  • 17. Elements of Professionalism
    Knowledge in field
    Understand people and respond to needs
    Accountability: to clients, colleagues, organization
  • 18. Elements of Practice
  • 19. Professional Learning
  • 20. Models of Practice
    Three elements
    Know why
    Know what
    Know how
    Novice to expert continuum
    Novice  Advanced Beginner  Competent  Proficient  Expert
    Professional standards
    Categories of knowledge, skills, outcomes, proficiencies
  • 21. Steps for using WordPress throughout the Portfolio Development Process
    Material from Dr. Helen Barrett
  • 22. ePortfolio Using WordPress/Blog