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I chose the following documents for inclusion in this portfolio because they reflect my interests in the library science and museum fields and showcase a mixture of theoretical and practical applications. The material focuses on information access, effective management, assessment, and lesson planning—all key concepts in teaching and information literacy.

Information in Digital Libraries: Document Preservation and Access

Borgman (2000) raises questions about the longevity of digital documents noting that, "digital preservation looms as one of the greatest challenges of information technology management and policy" (p. 66). Digital libraries have the capacity to transcend geographical borders and deliver highly accessible content to users, but they face daunting challenges from copyright, authenticity, and format issues related to digital documents. In order to ensure access to the wealth of information contained within their collections, information professionals must address serious questions related to the long-term preservation of digital resources. The alternative is to lose large quantities of information that form the base of digital libraries. The following paper will examine issues of access related to digital preservation.

Management for Creativity: Environmental Factors Determining Successful Creative Thinking

Creativity is both an individual and, ever increasingly, an organizational concept. Experts in a variety of fields agree that for an organization to be successful in the long term it must foster an environment where creativity is valued. Without creative ideas and solutions at all levels, organizations become mired down in outdated procedures and policies and forward momentum is impossible. In relation to library settings,
Tennant (2005) and Dolan and Kennedy (2009) have suggested that a high rate of technological change means that libraries need to become more adaptable to user needs, authoring unique and collaborative solutions to information systems and sharing. Given this current climate, it is important for library leaders to understand creativity from a managerial standpoint. This paper will address considerations leading to increased organizational creativity, including climate, group interactions, leadership, and individual performance.

SWOT Analysis: University Art Museum

Evaluation is an important part of teaching as well as assessing the effectiveness of programs, working environments, and personal performance. In the following document I provide an analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats at a university art museum. In identifying these issues it is possible to plan a strategic course of action that can mitigate problems and identify opportunities for action. Such an exercise can be a useful first step in reflecting on a variety of situations.

Looking at Photographs: The Glasier Glass Plate Negative Collection

A key part of teaching is designing a lesson plan that indicates clear learning objectives. Appropriate instructional strategies for presenting information can be devised only when these objectives are clear. I created the following lesson plan to support learning related to the Glasier photograph collection at the Ringling Museum of Art.