Front Desk Fiction Non-Fiction Reference Professional Collection Audio / Visual Checkout Desk

Welcome to the Checkout Desk!

The checkout desk is an essential part to any Library. How else can we know who has borrowed what materials? There usually is a security device making sure resources are not stolen and perhaps there is a friendly Librarian asking for your Library Card. The checkout desk is going to change, but not too drastically. There may not be a need to show your library card and then scan in all your books and resources. Instead, it could be done via RFID tags, both in your wallet (to identify you, the borrower), and in the books (to identify the resources). As you walk out the door, you and your items will be automagically 'scanned' and checked out. This is assuming we will be still going into a physical library to gather objects. I tend to think that 90% of the interactions with our local municipal, school based, and post-secondary libraries will be done digitally, online, and the resources will be accessed and consumed on our growing number of computing devices.

The Checkout desk for my ePortfolio is where I want to checkout and see if I have successfully done what I planned to do. I have developed a rubric as part of some early brainstorming in my final masters class with a group of fellow students (Jennie, David, and Conseulo) on what our ePorfolios should be. Here is our Rubric:


Evaluative Category



Exceeds Expectations

Practice and Community ePortfolio is very specific to only TQS and MET requirements.  It does not provide a bigger perspective, reflection or connection outside the program. ePortfolio does make connections to larger communities and provides resources and knowledge outside the MET program ePortfolio is a wide-reaching electronic resource that offers perspective, knowledge, artifacts and experiences to the education world at large.
Organization and Perspective ePortfolio does not acknowledge itself, goals, or perspectives. ePortfolio briefly outlines the required aspects, and introduces goals, but does not evaluate the experience or result. ePortfolio extensively outlines its perspectives, transformations, goals, experiences and results.
Scholarly Connections and Research ePortfolio does not reference or discuss the value and meaning of ePortfolios, with no references to any scholarly research or studies. ePortfolio makes references to the value and meaning in utilizing ePortfolios.  Some scholarly references included. ePortfolio makes extensive use of references to scholarly research and studies, connecting the experience and learning that is developed through an ePortfolio with the value and meaning.
Central Theme and Narrative ePortfolio has no centralized theme, metaphor, or connecting thread.  Content is displayed, but not organized. ePortfolio has a centralized theme or metaphor that helps the audience navigate through the materials in an organized fashion. ePortfolio has a developed and cohesive theme or metaphor that highlights in-depth understanding and advanced connections between the experiences and learning.  Also, centralized theme makes navigation simple and straightforward.
Formatting and References ePortfolio contains grammatical and spelling mistakes. References are not formatted according to any standard.  ePortfolio has at most one or two errors in grammar and spelling.  References are formatted in an appropriate format. The formatting of the ePortfolio  dramatically improves the clarity of the document.  References include links to the actual works themselves where possible.







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Aaron Mueller - 2010 Masters of Educational Technology @ UBC